Posted 09 July 2011 - 01:35 PM
Acer Aspire 3680-2682 laptop
New Hard disk Western Digital WD3200BEVT 320GB
MS Vista Home Basic
I used Norton Ghost to clone the hard drive, all three partitions. Then I checked the contents by slaving the drive on a different PC. All of the files appear to be there.
The old, still working, hard drive is Hitachi HTS541680J9SA00 80GB
The new hard drive is detected by the BIOS correctly.
The splash screen comes up and goes away repeatedly.
With Quiet Boot disabled it shows RAM, shadowed video RAM, etc.
Fixed Disk 0: WDC WD3200BEVT-00A0RT0
ATAPI CD-ROM: Optiarc CD-RW CRX880A
Right after showing "Mouse initialized" the screen blanks and the computer restarts.
I have attempted booting with by removing one of the RAM modules.
I looked on the Western Digital site and found the jumper settings for this drive. There is a jumper setting for Reduced Power Spinup. Putting a jumper clip on these pins didn't help, either.
The other jumper setting is for Spread Spectrum Clocking Enabled. I don't think this is going to help.
I am beginning to think that the new drive is a non-compatible SATA 3 drive. I checked three sites to see if the drive was compatible with the Aspire 3680. Am I correct in guessing that I should buy a different drive such as a Western Digital WD2500BEVS since it has "SATA 1.5 Gb/s" in the specs?
Would updating the BIOS allow the laptop to use this drive? There is a BIOS update called 3508.zip on their site.
Thank you for your help.