July 16, 2008

Again, it is confirmed and proved that this best value Acer 3680 notebook can be upgraded to Intel  Core 2 Duo T7400 . Click here to see.

The Specification of T7400:

CPU CLOCK : 2166 MHz ( 667 X 13)
L2 Cache : 4.096 MB
FSB : 667 MT/s

Be sure that you are using the T7400 (SL9SE) that suits the socket (M socket) in the Acer 3680.

Notable performance will be easily felt because the T7400 L2 Cache has 4Mb L2 cache,  compared to T5500 which only has half of it (2MB).
Click here to see full comparison.

Happy Upgrading

2166 MHz 4096 KiB 667 MT/s 13x 1.0375 – 1.3 V 34 W Socket M

How to Solve Acer 3680 Bison Web Camera Problem in Yahoo Messenger

May 3, 2008

ACER Aspire 3680 with BISON web Cam in my experience is having problem with Yahoo Messenger.
The camera only shows BLANK/ BLACK SCREEN during web cam activation in Yahoo Messenger.

In other applications such as MSN Messenger and Windows Movie Maker, the Bison Camera works fine.

I’ve tried to properly install the driver provided in the original ACER CD driver but the problem still remain.

Finally, I’ve found the Bison driver here which solve the problem. The driver is for both windows XP and Vista.

Before installing this driver please make sure you have uninstalled the driver you are using now.

How to Upgrade Acer Aspire 3680 BIOS

May 1, 2008

Some Acer Apire 3680 are still having the BIOS V1.3502 which known to have some to problem related to memory, processor Core 2 Duo support and Windows Vista Operating System.

Acer has release new BIOS V1.3505 which resolve above problems.

For you who want to upgrade your processor to Core 2 Duo, then you must do BIOS Upgrade to V1.3505.

It is so simple to upgrade the BIOS, you just download the BIOS update and run the swinflash.exe.
You can download the BIOS upgrade here.

Upgrading Acer Aspire 3680 Notebook’s Processor to Core 2 Duo

April 26, 2008

Is it possible? YES, it is possible and have been proved succes.

I, my self also have upgraded my Acer 3680 processor to T5500 Intel Core 2 Duo (SL9SH) 1.6Ghz 2Mb L2 Cache FSB 667 Mhz.

ACER Aspire 3680 is the cheapest notebook in Aspire series which produced around mid 2006 up to beginning of 2007.
Brand new price was around USD 499 and now you can get it only for USD 398 at Walmart -CLEARANCE SALE

The forum had been a long list, so to be simple just follow these summarized steps:

  1. Make sure that your notebook is having intel 943 GML, if you want to upgrade to Intel core duo or Intel Core 2 Duo Processors.
    As I understand, Aspire 3680 motherboard was produced using two kinds of intel Calligosta chipsets :
    i940 GML and i943 GML.
    How to find out the chipset type? There are two ways:First way, take apart your laptop (almost 95%) then check out the chipset type. To open/ disassemble your laptop follow the guide here.
    After you take apart the heatsink of the chipset, use flash light to see the writing on the chipset die. (NOT NECESSARY TO DRAW THE BLACK FILM)Second way, which is easier
    Open the lid that close your memory comparment. There are only 2 screw needed to be opened. Then look at the sticker on your memory compartment
    Take a look at the sticker (where your motherboard code is written there):
    If your motherboard code is started with then your chipset is i943GML.
    If your motherboard code is started with then your chipset is i940GML
  2. Make sure your BIOS version is V13505 which support Core 2 Duo. How to upgrade the BIOS? Click here.
  3. Upgrade the processor to :T5200, T5300, T5500, T5600

The complete and detail guide can be learnt from this forum .