Acer Laptop sometimes boots to blank screen

October 3, 2010 at 04:54:28
Specs: Windows XP, 1.6ghz/1gb
I've had this problem for about a year now and now it's annoying.

Sometimes when I press the power button, it'll turn on to a blank screen.
Then I have to hold the power button a few seconds for it to power off and try again.
Happens once every few boot up or restarts.

When it doesn't boot, I hear the hard disk spin, lights are on, fan stays blowing but nothing on the screen. I've shined a flashlight at the screen to see if it's the back-light but there's no image. So I know it doesn't load window, because I don't hear my start up sound either. Using a VGA monitor shows nothing as well.

I have 2 memory slots with matching 512MB in them. The rams are the correct type and passes memtest. If I remove one 512MB chip, it'll boot up every single time. Tested both slots with single chip, with each chips and it'll boot fine each time.

Using 2 slots seems to be the problem, but why?

Acer Aspire 3680 notebook, windows XP.
Intel Celeron M 520, 1.6ghz, FSB = 533 = DDR2-533/PC2-4200, 1gb

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October 3, 2010 at 05:27:33
if its the same slot that gives you problems clean slot out with compressed air and apecil eraser possibly oxidized not making good connection


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