Acer Aspire M1610 makes only a long beep when starting

Posted on 2011-10-13
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hello here!
I'm having a problem with Acer M1610.
Initially it was supplied with Vista Home Basic OEM OS, but I've created a dual boot and installed a brand new Win7 Home OS. Everything worked fine, except that it was impossible to find Win7 HW drivers for on board graphics and net adapter.
During update, however, after one (of many) restarts, the PC suddenly could not start up at all. That means, even the BIOS is not activated, I guess.
Instead a long (approx. 5secs) beep starts and comes again for every approx. 5 secs. After some time no more beeps arrive. There is power in the indicator and the fan rotates, but screen is dark.
I've tried to take out the CMOS battery, but it was OK (3V) and the RAM modules, but no change.
Is anybody having a clue? Is it HW?
Question by:Xpej
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    by:Hugh McCurdy
    It's hardware.  The hardware won't pass basic tests.  Make sure the video card (if you have one) is seated properly.  Check all your connections (since you've been in the case).  Cables to disk drives in tight?

    One thing I might try if actually disconnecting the disk drives.  They aren't needed for a boot into CMOS settings.  I've had computers fail to boot because of a bad disk drive cable (really).  However, they didn't beep.  They just powered down after about a second.  But computers are different.

    Best of luck.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the tip, hmccurdy.
    I already have done the checkings, you suggested. But I suspected the RAM a bit more, however. And when I found an old single module on 256MB DDR2 557MHz it started. Of course, very slow, but worked.
    So I went and bought a 2GB module, and it works fine again now.  When I try to use one of the "old" 1GB modules (labelled with Acer, by the way) it beeps again and will not boot.
    So, for others having similar problems, I guess there may be a problem with the equipped RAM modules, labelled Acer.  

    Author Comment

    I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

    Accepted answer: 0 points for Xpej's comment http:/Q_27395007.html#36978790

    for the following reason:

    I'm closing this now, since it seems quite evident that I've found the problem. It was the memory modules. (I haven't throwed them away btw, they may work with another motherboard, clockfrequency etc. ;-)
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    The author asked -- Is it HW?

    I answered -- It's hardware.  The hardware won't pass basic tests.

    The author said -- It was the memory modules.

    The memory is hardware that is tested as part of the basic tests.  My answer, IMHO, is correct.
    I know, now, that he had already run those tests.  But that information wasn't part of question.  When the question is general (asking people if they have a clue; is it hardware) the appropriate answer is also general.  Had he shared that he had run the tests I suggested, I would have been able to answer more specifically.  My point is I answered the question that was actually stated (but not the unstated question in the authors mind).

    Author Closing Comment

    Thank you very much

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