I have just replaced Windows Vista with Windows XP Pro on the following computer:-
Acer Aspire M1100
Now I am stuck at the 'drivers' stage, and would greatly appreciate some help. Note that I am fairly novice in the field of computer hardware, drivers, BIOS and the like.
Here is where I am at: XP is now successfully installed on the computer. First thing I notice is the desktop screen is stretched even on what looks like the 'correct' resolution [1280 x 1024 on 19" wide monitor] - but of course no graphics drivers are yet installed on the new OS.
The graphics hardware inside the computer is: ATI Radeon X1250 - I understand this is 'integrated graphics'?. After hours of searching [including ATI website drivers page], it seems there is no specific driver for this graphics card and Windows XP. However I did find this 'ATI Catalyst 8.2 Display Driver for Windows Vista (32 bit)' which mentions XP in its spec:-
After attempting to install however, there were installation failure messages [I forget exactly, something about 'install manager' failing I think]. After going past the few error messages and allowing 'installation' to continue, it seemed at the end that nothing had been installed at all.
But before I deal with the graphics card/drivers, I learned from some Googling that the first drivers I should be concerned with is for Motherboard. I've had a look in Device Manager to see what might already be installed [if anything?], but am confused by what I see - where is the bit telling me the status of my motherboard, and if the driver is installed or needs installing?
I ran 'Aida32.exe' and got the model of my motherboard, which is: RS690-SB600-6A669FK8C-00.
Next, I visited the Acer website and downloaded these drivers for 'audio', 'Lan' and 'VGA' specific to the M1100 model [didn't bother with the TV tuner and NVidia drivers which I assume I won't need]:-
Clicking on BIOS in that link gives no download options: 'Flashing the wrong BIOS can cause harm to the system. Acer recommends that you should only upgrade your firmware/drivers if you have been instructed to do so by an Acer Customer Care representative'.
Which brings me up to date. What are the rules with drivers, which should I look at and install first to get this new OS up and running? Is my motherboard driver already installed, if so how do I find out and if not where do I find the driver? How are BIOS related to the motherboard, and should I look at fiddling with them?
I think once I have dealt with the motherboard/BIOS drivers issue [if there is one] then I can tackle the graphics card issue [if there is no suitable XP driver for the X1250, I guess I will buy a new graphics card rather than revert to Vista].
Thank you greatly in advance for any help - the replacement XP OS install went very smoothly but I'm stuck now since know very little about how drivers work!
EDIT: please note I am not yet connected to the internet with this computer, however I have a 2nd computer in my home which is connected to the internet so I can download anything from there and transfer across via USB Flash Drive
Edited by Zion45, 22 October 2009 - 10:18 AM.