wish to get all necessary drivers fr windows XP Acer AOD 270

August 26, 2012 at 10:01:36
Specs: Windows XP
I do not wish to run win 7 or linux on my newly acquired Acer AOD 270 netbook. But it is getting very difficult to collect individual drivers for windows XP which I wish to run. Please help

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August 26, 2012 at 10:19:11

You will need to identify the hardware and go to the oem manufacturers support website for drivers, which may not be available, there is no magic fix, you need to do a lot of research.

Personally would install Windows 7 and run XP in a VM:


ARM Devices the future. Windows have accepted the fact!

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August 26, 2012 at 10:57:30
I doubt you will find WinXP drivers for all the hardware. The bluetooth, wireless, sound, etc. are going to be a problem.

Why do you need to run WinXP on that netbook? You can't really do much work with it anyway. More a unit for surfing the internet than a working computer.

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August 26, 2012 at 13:59:28
I agree with the others. But if for some reason you want to run an outdated OS on your modern machine, go right ahead. You're going to have to identify each individual component & see if XP drivers are available. It's not our job to do that for you. What do you hope to accomplish by running a soon to be obsolete OS anway?

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August 28, 2012 at 14:10:03
Thanks Jolicloud - for the friendly advice

Apprpos riider "It's not our job to do that for you" - what is your job by the way ?
Is it telling others that "It's not our job to do that for you" ??

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February 12, 2013 at 18:48:42
You guys have got to be kidding. I have done a ton of work on my AOD-260 and just decided to upgrade to this D270 version for the faster RAM and dual core just to see if it was worth it. Got one in nice shape very cheap on eBay. Still keeping the old AOD-260 running Win XP, 2GB, and 500 Momentus G-force seagate drive. It runs twice as fast as the Win7 Starter and can do everything Win7 starter can do (better I might add). They're both 32 bit OS's but XP allows for more control and you can still run Office 2010 on it. Personally.... I'm of the opinion anyone luggin around a 15" or bigger laptop is a sucker at this point. I'll be looking for the individual drivers to see what works and will post what I find....

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February 13, 2013 at 10:13:36

For what it is worth, the original poster has long ago done something with the netbook, so responding at this late date is pointless unless you wish to express your opinion, which you did.

I am of the exact opposite opinion. I bought a netbook a couple of years back for travel. Turned out to be totally useless. The screen is too small to do any route mapping and the keyboard was too tight.

Also, you must buy a USB external CD drive in order to create the restore disks for Windows 7 starter. That makes the cost more than a notebook.

I returned the netbook to Costco and bought a laptop, which I am happy with.

As far as getting your netbook to run XP goes, that is a crap shoot. It depends on what graphics and sound chips are onboard. IMO netbooks are a waste of money. If you notice, the manufacturers don't seem to be pushing them anymore either.

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February 18, 2013 at 13:27:08
First... he didn't solve the problem he posted. That link only provides Win 7 drivers. The only netbook from the Acer line you can't get XP drivers for are the ones with the atom n2600 cpu with the gma 3650 video built in. The rest all have the XP drivers right off their site. Also, Linux versions won't work with the N2600 atom as well due to this issue. Their best bet for a dual core atom is an Atom N570 which will have all the XP drivers available and Linux versions work with it just fine.
Second, I don't really care about your opinion about my opinion. Just letting others of similar interest know these can be really valuable tools and operate faster off of XP (or Linux) and still run all the programs you would expect from the Win 7 version (and faster) that you would use with a netbook. If you want to brag about your laptop, go to a thread about laptops and brag about it.

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February 18, 2013 at 19:55:15
OK... I said I would post what I find for any future visitors hoping to find an answer to this problem. The issue lies in the fact that the Atom N2600 uses a GMA 3600 series video driver and Intel will not release drivers for anything but Windows 7 for this video chip. If you go to the Intel site, there are countless people who have begged them for the source code. Never happened, never going to happen. So... if you have bought one of these laptops and are wanting to get the most out of it, I suggest you try and get your hands on a SSD, or SSD/HD hybrid hard drive and upgrade the RAM to 2GB. I tried using a 4GB which will give you 3 GB usable, but it proves unstable on this system. No issues with the 2GB DDR3 1066, and I haven't noticed a loss of speed either way. Internet Explorer 9 and anything from the Windows Essentials such as Windows Live Mail will lock this system up everytime. Use Firefox and Thunderbird for browsing and email and it will run no problem. Haven't had issues with any other software and it runs impressive considering what it is. I've been using Corel Photo Shop Pro Photo on it and loaded some very large files just to test it's limits and it handles things just fine. I'm happy with it. Good luck to you. If you haven't bought one yet, and are looking to use dual core and XP, get one with an Atom N550 or N570. They are 1.5 and 1.6Ghz cores, but run the GMA 3100 series video which XP or Linux will run.

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