Acer m5640 problems

September 19, 2009 at 16:47:06
Specs: Windows Vista
My current computer I have had for about 6 months now with no problems is this here- ... ku=9168205

My old computer which im looking to fix up and get running again is giving me a headache and it is-

I had it for years and never had any real problems until it froze up while updating the drivers, right now it stands the primary problem being i with my very little computer experience cannot get drivers onto this blank hard drive to put back in the computer. Everything else with the acer is in working order and its just getting the drivers for the computer onto a blank hard drive to put into it. I have the empty 320g hard drive and my current working computer primarily as my source of trying to get it working. The acers hard drive is formated and completely empty and i dont know how to get it working so it will have and load the os etc.

I do not have the disk for the acers drives just the vista installation disk.

Any help at all would be greatly appreciated thanks for the time

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September 19, 2009 at 17:34:38
It sounds like all you need to do is install the new drive in the Acer, boot up with the Vista disk and run the installation. When that's done you'd install any additional drivers, if necessary.

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September 19, 2009 at 19:20:50
My apologies im not very savvy when it comes to computers and such my knowledge is limited, which drivers would i need to just get the computer starting on bootup and such the bare essentials so to say. Atm the hard drive for the acer is empty and im guessing ill need to put the acer into my current computers slave to copy the drives over. Is that possible? If so is there a chance you can go into further detail about it? thanks so much

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September 19, 2009 at 19:38:29
You might be misinterpreting the term 'drivers'. Drivers and drives are two different things. Drivers are files that tell the OS how to use the various pieces of hardware that make up the computer--all the motherboard functions, add-on cards and drives. In all but a few rare circumstances you install the drivers after the OS is installed.

Are you trying to copy the contents of the old Acer drive onto the new Acer drive? If so, are you sure the old drive is good? Since you're talking about a new drive in it I assumed the old one was bad.

Or, do you want to copy some stuff from your current working computer onto the Acer computer? Best to do that with some transferable media like recordable CD's or DVD's or flash drives after you intall the OS on the Acer.

Or do you want to copy everything, including the OS, from the working PC to the Acer? That's not a practical thing to do as the installation on the working PC won't work on the Acer when it notices that all the hardware has changed.

Or, are you wanting to just have a fresh installation of Vista on the Acer. If so then, as I mentioned above, just install the drive, boot up with the Vista disk and run the installation.

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September 19, 2009 at 23:42:11
Drivers are used by Windows. If you don't have Windows installed, the drivers are useless.

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September 20, 2009 at 10:03:39
Daveincaps I currently checked the hard drive with my hp to ensure this one works. My current hard drive for the acer is completely empty and i also just formatted it and I have no idea how to or what to put onto it to make it a bootable primary drive now. When i put it into the acer and start it up it says boot.mgr is missing. Then when i boot from my vista install cd i get a message saying "a required cd/dvd drive device is missing"

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September 20, 2009 at 12:51:22
The 'bootmgr missing' is probably irrelevent if it's attempting to boot from the hard drive. I found this discussion about the other error:

Based on that my guess is Vista doesn't support your cd/DVD drive. The bios does OK with it when booting but when Vista takes over it's not seeing the drive right. There was some mention about changing the drive's jumpers. I'm not sure if your cd/DVD drive is ATA or SATA but if it's ATA you might want to try that just because it's the easiest thing to do. Just remember their original position should you need to revert back.

This person:

fixed it by replacing his ATA with a SATA cd/DVD.

Apparently microsoft hasn't addressed that problem and doesn't have a specific fix.

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September 20, 2009 at 13:23:49
I checked that the drive is sata and i tried using another newer sata drive a friend just recently purchased but he hasnt used yet and recieved the same result. Could i have the wrong vista cd or something along those lines and if so where could i get a replacement for an acer?

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September 20, 2009 at 14:57:26
If it's a regular Vista disk it shouldn't matter what PC you use it in.

You can browse to the support page for your model by starting here:

There's a Vista SATA AHCI driver download there. That may be what you need. With XP, for example, you'd boot up with the XP cd. At some point in the initial setup it'll say to hit F6 to load a third party driver. You'd then pop in a floppy disk with the needed driver and have it load it. I assume it's pretty much the same with Vista, but I don't know if you have a floppy drive.

Anyway, assuming you do, download the AHCI driver, unzip it with something like winzip to a floppy drive. Then restart the installation, watching for the F6 message.

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September 20, 2009 at 15:52:14
I dont have a floppy but im gonna run out and grab a flash drive real fast I have been needing one anyway im sure i can use that also right. I'll let you know how it goes hopefully it is just what i need!

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September 20, 2009 at 17:35:00
I did some more googling. Check the manual for your model. You may be able to get by with just changing the SATA/AHCI configuration in cmos/bios setup.

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September 21, 2009 at 12:24:54
This is the Millenium Edition Forum not the VISTA Forum..

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