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Acer 3680-2633 won't boot with new ram install

Acer can't help, PNY can't help.

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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  • cam_home Oct 06, 2008

    Well, now I am a little upset, when I looked online, every place I found said this laptop takes PC4200, that is for the Aspire3680 but not for the 2633 specifically



    However, looking at my 512k stick. . . . which I never did before :s it says PC2-5300 right on it. . . now I feel dumb thanks for the help though guys!



    Anyone need and PC4200?

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Your problems is that the 3680-2633 uses PC5300 RAM, not PC4200. You've got the wrong memory, and that's why your system won't work when you put the new sticks in it.

Take the 512MB stick and Google-search the model information on the sticker and verify that it is, in fact, PC5300.

Hope this helps :)

Scott

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    Scott Merrill Oct 06, 2008

    Before you try to find a new home for the sticks, I'd contact the vendor and explain that you ordered the wrong memory. If they won't refund you, they might give you a store credit ...but if it's less than 30 days, they should gladly refund your money.

    Glad I could help - remember to rate :)

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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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