Keith, I just Googled this page that seems to talk about your very problem and seems to present a fix, albeit a sort of bass-ackward workaround kind of fix. The term I Googled was "acer aspire one bios update linux". I'm not trying to be an *** here; just posting this because it really is amazing how Google can do things the right way so often.
The $189 version also comes with a free 1-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365, which is worth $70. The notebook weighs about 2.5 pounds and measures 11.5″ x 8″ x 0.7″, making it small enough to slide in a bag and carry with you almost anywhere.
It’s kind of like paying for one year of access to Microsoft Office and 1TB of online storage space and getting a laptop for $119. Sure, it’s a bit heavier than a tablet, but notebooks don’t get much more compact than this.
That said, USB thumb drive support would be a nice addition.
There might be a workaround to this problem, though: Discharge the battery completely, if you haven't, Keith. I mean every time the system goes into suspend, hit the power button again to force every last erg of juice out of the battery until nothing happens at all. I don't think there's a Live CD of Windows XP out there, so using that to flash your BIOS may not be possible either.
Now Acer is taking things a bit further with its Cloudbook line of laptops.