My present bios will not accept 2 2GB modules to upgrade to 4GB --- It hangs up
I have a different model of the same 5610z series ( Aspire 5610-2328 ) and it will only accept 2GB of memory maximum, even though Acer's manual (pdf available on their website). Even with one 2GB stick and one 512MB, the system will only recognize 2GB of memory at POST and through windows. The odd thing is that with this configuration, the BIOS and CPU-Z both correctly identify the 2.5GB of memory. 4GB makes the system act a little strange and the screen is completely blank, so I can't provide a lot of insight into that. Both available BIOS versions from Acer yield the same result, so unless they release a new one, looks like we're still out of luck.
Acer Aspire 5610z uses 943GML chipset socket M processor with 533Mhz FSB. Memory is limited to 2GB with 1GB max per slot. Updating the BIOS probably wont remove this limitation as it will be Hardware related.
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is the module in properly?,is anything broken?? switch them around and see if the module is good or not,also,just because the motherboard supports 2 modules,if intel only recognizes 2gb then that is all,whether you have 2 1gb modules or 2 2gb modules,upgrade your intel chip and upgrade your bios
Please note: Never touch the gold pins of the memory chips and earth yourself out before you start to discharge any static build up. Installing the RAM is just a case of unscrewing the relevant plastic
panel on the base of the laptop, gently pulling apart the white handles
that hold the current RAM chips in place, slide out the old and then slide the new chips into place making sure
that they go in the same way round as the old ones came out. Gently push down on the RAM chip once its seated correctly and you should hear the white handles click when the module is in place.
There looks to be several different variations on the 5742 model so I'd recommend finding out the exact laptop model number and amount of RAM currently installed before purchasing an upgrade. From what I can tell your model comes with either 3Gb or 4Gb of DDR3 SDRAM 1066 MHz with the motherboard accepting a maximum of 8Gb but you really need to make sure that you've got exactly the right type of RAM or your laptop won't even get to the BIOS after installation before it starts beeping at you.
You should also be aware that specific versions of Windows have a maximum memory limit so you could go to the trouble and expense of installing a pair 4Gb modules only for the operating system to use just 4Gb. More info on 32bit and 64bit operating system memory limits can be found at this link.
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.
It could be that one of the chips are faulty and/or are not exactly the same model because faulty chips and ones that have confliction can cause chips to not load properly. It could be that the socket for the ram is faulty as well. Usually you can install 4GB of RAM without the need of a BIOS update Give this a try for the BIOS http://www.acerpanam.com/synapse/forms/portal20.cfm?recordid=4845&formid=3394&website=AcerPanAm.com/au&siteid=8116&words=all&keywords=&areaid=12
OK! I have read about many people with this problem and I have had the same problem so maybe i can shed some light on it, here goes!...... I turns out that the intel chipset on this laptop will only handle 2gb of memory, not 4gb as Acer say in the manual. But, is this true i wonder! because I have tried 2 2gb sticks in my laptop and sure enough it wont work. However, I have now put in one 2gb module and one of the original 512mb modules and it works fine but vista said it only had 2gb and the bios sais 2.5gb! very strange but then I updated vista with service pack1 and now vista does see the full 2.5gb memory. So acer are still wrong which leads me to think that maybe this could be solved with bios updates in the near future (I am on bios 3.50)
Make sure 11% that you flash the correct bios as the wrong one will render it useless. Also make sure that you are plugged into the mains when doing it and pray that there isnt a power cut during the flash :)