I updated my BIOS per PNY's suggestions, but with my dozens of times I've tried to install my two sticks of PC4200, my computer won't even load the bios screen.
My fans will come on, and the harddrive light comes on then flashes and both the light and fan go off, nothing happens afterwards.
Once I reinstall the factory installed 512k ram it works just fine, but with my 2 gig PC4200 nothing will happen. Any ideas please, I want a decent laptop before I get frustrated and throw this $500 paperweight out the window
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Re: Acer 3680-2633 won't boot with new ram install
Dont be hasty! First of all, not all ram and motherboard are created alike.
1. go to the specifications of the RAM and find out what voltage its expecting from the motherboard. this may require just looking at your receipt or going the the manufacturers website and looking at the specs or calling them.
2. check your motherboard manual or access it from the manufacturers site and check the highest voltage that it will supply to the RAM.
if the RAM Needs more voltage than your motherboard supplies, it will cause the symptoms your describing. In this case you will need to find some PC4200 ram that runs at your motherboards voltage.
I have ordered many barebone computers that were shipped with upgraded memory that wouldnt work on that system, the sales people are more interested in selling than checking the specs.
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You can run drive diagnostics to test RAM and hard drive, but I would guess that it's a peripheral of some type (I wouldn't think it would be a hard drive or memory problem since your PC runs well in windows). Since the system will eventually time-out trying to initialize a device, it would explain your symptoms. I would unplug your CD drives one at a time (with the system off) and reboot. If you have an onboard card reader, try that next. Printers, headphones, webcams, or any other USB devices can also cause problems. Once you isolate the offending device, you can try to update your BIOS since some bios updates will address this type of issue. I am not sure if Acer offers BIOS updates, but you could always ask their tech support. Regardless of the device, it could be an incompatible or failing device. Printers always seem to have updated drivers, so you could check with the manufacturer regarding that. Otherwise, I would replace the device and test again. Good Luck!
here's what do download hirens boot cd from this site hirens bootcd then unpack this one using you regular packing software and burn the iso using the batch file provided on the hirens folder and presto you have a bootable cd utility that has a uniflasher pre installed already.. then you can flash the bios easily. hope this helps
drivers vga.dll version 5.01.2600.000(english)date 2/28/06 04;00:00 whql logo'd:yes mini vdd:vga sys vdd:n/a ddl version:unknown directx feture directdraw acceleration:not available direct 3d acceleration: not available agp texture acceleration :not available teste draw test direct3d the system is using the generic video driver please install video driver probided by the wardware manufacture. directdraw test result:all test result: all tests were successfull: direct 3d funtionality not available.you should veryfi that the driver is final ;from the harware manu facture. ram 512 mb storage capacity 160gb raid no graphics card:intel graphic media accelerator 900 gm primary optical driver dual-layer dvd+/-rw
Try removing the bios battery for 30 seconds then boot the pc, this will clear the bios. Maybe the bios was misconfigured. Else you can jump the "clear cmos" pins on your motherboard, same affect as removing the battery. If that doesn't work try different ram, it's possible the ram is not compatible. Sounds plausible being that there were no post beeps. Good luck.
I have the same problem, and my problem was that I have installed 4GB ram and that ram modules wasn't accepted with the new bios. So I installed the old modules and it all worked again, downgraded the bios to one version older and installed my 4GB ram modules and it all worked.
Your not alone in this type of problem. When it comes to computer (laptop especially) they usually have a "Max allowed ram" most times its listed in the back of the manual in small print. Its a way to keep people buying new computers (if your into the conspiracy theories) Chances are even a bios upgrade would not fix your problem. Mostly BIOS upgrades add support for new boot options, plug and play support, and fixes to bugs in older versions.
You can check aspires/acers website for updates www.acer.com If they have an update it will comes with documentation as to what the update does.