very slow Acer M3201 with Win XP

February 16, 2011 at 09:18:18
Specs: Windows XP, quad core AMD
Can't run Vista (some 3rd party business software crashes Vista and this software vital). Have tried to download drivers but Acer don't provide them. PC was set up from new by shop now not trading and PC was great until HDD died and everything had to be re-installed. OK, I know it should have been backed-up but it wasn't !

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#1
February 16, 2011 at 10:45:20
Very unclear post.

Your profile specs say XP, you reference that you cannot run Vista; is the Acer running Vista or XP? You also don't say what the 3rd party application is (Software name and Rev #'s always help) that you're trying to run either. Sounds like that app may not be compatible with Vista. If the app doesn't run on Vista, run it on XP.

Vista is crap! Avoid at all costs. (<-Period).

Just another stupid saying...


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#2
February 16, 2011 at 10:49:52
So what are you asking? How to install XP on a system that was originally configured for Vista? If Acer doesn't have the necessary drivers for XP, you're going to have to hunt them down. You can use the list of Vista drivers to help you find the XP drivers:

http://support.acer.com/us/en/produ...

The motherboard is based on the AMD 780G chipset so the chipset drivers will be found at the AMD site. If you're using the Radeon HD 4200 integrated graphics, those drivers will also be found at the AMD site. The sound chip is by Realtek, the LAN chip (network) is by Marvell.


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#3
July 7, 2011 at 08:41:11
Sorry for the long delay in replying but family matters took me out of the country for a few months.

The PC is an Acer M3201 with AMD 9150e Phenom x4 quad core processor, 2 x Samsung 1TB HDD and ATI HD3200 on-board graphics. Originally manufactured with Vista, it was converted to XP Pro SP3 by the supplier (who went out of business almost as I walked out the door). When the original HDD failed (a Seagate if I remember correctly) I had to re-install XP and ever since the PC has run VERY slow. I tried upgrading all of the drivers but got the "blue screen of death" reporting "Ati2dvag had caused windows to shut down". I used Norton Go-Back to return to the original drivers and that cured the blue screen but the machine still runs slower than a six year old machine with Windows 2000. I have considered fitting a new graphics card (non-ATI) to see if that helps but don't know if I should or if it will make any difference.


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#4
July 7, 2011 at 08:47:49
A graphics card isn't the problem. How many gigs of Ram do you have ?

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#5
July 7, 2011 at 09:03:05
2 x 2GB DDR2 + 2 x 1GB DDR2

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#6
July 7, 2011 at 11:45:54
You don't need or can you use 6 gigs of ram with xp unless it's the 64 bit version. Try uninstalling the 4 gig set and keep just 2 gigs in and try it if you're using the 32 bit version.

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#7
July 8, 2011 at 00:57:32
The PC originally had only 2 GB but I kept getting messages saying things like "insufficient resources" and it did speed up (a little but not much) when I fitted the extra RAM. I use the PC to process images in Photoshop & Paint Shop Pro for personal use as well as the radio programming use for work so I need all the speed I can get. XP version 5.1.2600 which I believe is the 32 bit version.

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