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June 3, 2009 6:48:07 PM

I have an Acer 5315, would like to swap HDD for SSD and load XP. Have downloaded all drivers for XP. Any advice or experience. :hello: 

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a b D Laptop
June 3, 2009 8:04:50 PM

None really needed. Just swap the drives, install windows, install drivers, good to go. It's really quite easy.
June 3, 2009 9:59:53 PM

frozenlead said:
None really needed. Just swap the drives, install windows, install drivers, good to go. It's really quite easy.


Thanks, will let you know how it goes.
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June 16, 2009 1:31:10 AM

Purchased a 120gb HDD, swapped with one with Vista, installed XP. Works fine!
My only concern is the lack of Acer Epower management software for XP. Will the fan still come on?
a b D Laptop
June 16, 2009 4:36:41 AM

The fan is likely controlled by the BIOS as a function of temperature and clockspeed. XP/Vista shouldn't have an impact on it.
June 16, 2009 5:36:34 PM

Thanks! I'll monitor it and see.

I forgot how nice XP is compared to Vista. Faster and more friendly, not always asking permission to do something. I hope Windows 7 is as friendly.

Have a good one!
a b D Laptop
June 16, 2009 5:44:49 PM

Windows 7 still integrates the UAC, which is the permission asker in Vista. You can shut it off, though. Personally, I find Vista much more enjoyable and easier than XP.
June 16, 2009 5:49:56 PM

My 5315 now boots up in 30sec. compared to >2min. for Vista. and runs much faster. I have yet to see the 'hourglass'. only using <4gb on drive. Granted , I don't use very many app's, just Works 9 and some audio book programs.
a b D Laptop
June 16, 2009 5:55:32 PM

But Vista was probably the OEM install, correct? You can't compare a bloated install to a clean one.
June 16, 2009 6:03:33 PM

I tried to delete all the bloatware, even then it is/was slow. I guess the Acer epower software and its associated monitoring software takes up a lot of overhead. Plus Vista monitoring your every move. Feels like 'Big Brother'. :) 
a b D Laptop
June 16, 2009 6:21:34 PM

Still. A clean install is always better than any other OS install. It's not really a fair comparison.
June 16, 2009 6:28:41 PM

OK, maybe I'm just used to XP and opposed to change. I went kicking and screaming from DOS to Windows, so maybe I just like things simple. By the way, I'm 70 years old and worked on the first PC's. I paid 50$ for the 120gb HDD, I remember when a 20mb HDD was > $200. How times have changed.
a b D Laptop
June 17, 2009 5:22:43 AM

That's what I think afflicts most people, too. I liked moving from DOS to Windows. The errors were kind of annoying, but they went down over time. I remember when I upgraded my computer to 24k RAM. Man...I couldn't even run Firefox on that, now.
June 17, 2009 5:37:52 PM

I finally replaced my 50lb HP desktop with a Dell mini9. It has 8gb SSD, 2 gb Ram, wireless kbd & mouse, 19" vga monitor and Canon printer. I paid $211 for the mini refurb, $9 for the 2gb ram with rebate. Can you believe the computing power for that kind off money? Holey Moley Batman!

BTW, the 5315 is running fine too.
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