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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Normally a BIOS update is not necessary to upgrade RAM. If the installed RAM is not shown in the syatem properties try the following 2 things 1. re-rate the pc by clicking the windows experience index in system properties. 2. Update your BIOS as per instructions from support site. Hope this helps
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.
You will need winzip or winrar to open the zip file just google either if you dont have them you can get them for free.
You then need to open the folder you just uncompressed and you will see another zip file, winflash is in there. it will allow you to flash the bios from within windows, just install it and follow the instructions on your screen