Question about Acer Aspire 3680 Laptop
I have Acer Aspire 3680 model, which originally has only 512 DDRII RAM. Recently I bought 1GB RAM, and I thought my laptop is gonna work faster, but that didn't happened.Can anybody tell me how can I uninstall Vista and Install XP. Please help me
If the laptop came with Windows Vista Home you can't really uninstall it. You will need to wipe out everything on the computer and use a Windows XP disk to load that on your computer.
Equipment needed -
1. Valid Copy of Windows XP
2. USB Floppy Drive w/ Disk
3. Windows XP Drivers
***Also be aware if you do this you will lose any of the programs that came with your computer if you wipe it out. I HIGHLY recommend making your Vista recovery CDs before attempting to install another OS. (You can do this from the Acer manager)
Note you may also need access to a USB Floppy drive and a floppy disk with the SATA drivers for your motherboard on it. ( If it has an Intel processor you can probably get it from intel.com, otherwise you'll have to track down the manufacturer of the motherboard)
I would also download all the Windows XP files from acer ( here ) as it will make you life easier later.
Now you'll need to insert the Windows XP disk and turn on the computer. It may ask you to press a key to boot from CD, go ahead and press a key if it asks this.
It will now start to install windows XP. During the first few seconds there will be a message that says "Press F6 to install 3rd party drivers" --- Go ahead and continue with the install. If you get to a screen that says there is no hard drive installed in the computer you'll need to reboot it and press F6 at this screen. Please have the floppy drive plugged into the computer but no floppy disk in it while the computer is rebooting. After you press F6 it is ok to insert the disk into the drive. It will continue to load for a few minutes and then give you the option to install the drivers you need for the computer to see your SATA hard drive.
After that mess it will ask you where you want to install windows too, and you'll want to have it do a quick format in NTFS. Screens and extra info can be found here.
When windows is done installing you'll want to pop the CD in with the drivers you've downloaded and install everything to get it back into working shape.
This is a fairly long and complicated process. If you have trouble you can pop in your recovery disks, reboot the computer and it will set the computer back to the way it came from the factory.
Posted on Nov 10, 2007
I installed xp on my aspire 3680 and aspire 5610 they both had vista. All you need is windows xp with service pack 2 or 3 and get the driver for your wireless card from acer. Very easy instal then when you get on-line, you cn get the rest of drivers from acer. My laptop has everything installed nd everything works as it should.
Posted on Jan 26, 2009
I'm the safe mode dude, I just instaled XP on my machine, now it screams!
Posted on Apr 12, 2008
I am currently working on this, I hate Vista on this.
I have been running Vista in safe mode, just to speed the ******* thing up, until I get a copy of XP
Posted on Apr 06, 2008
By the way, you unfortunates who were unscrupulously suckered in to by the Celeron M, it is possible that even with 2 GB of memory it still will be too slow. You really need the dual core. It was irresponsible for Acer to sell the M with 512 MB of Ram. They knew it woudln't work. Most people know that Vista requires 2 GB of ram to run; If you are under warranty, return the ****** thing. They will not question you when you say it is too slow, and has too many conflicts. Then search for and XP type. Speaking from experience.
Posted on Mar 13, 2008
I LOVE MY ACER 3680 WITH WINDOW XP ON IT JUST NEED TO MAKE THE SHORT CUTS ON KEY BOARD WORK NOW.......HATED VISTAA IT SUCK
Posted on Dec 20, 2007
I had the same problem and i bought 2 1gb cards and now its very quick. Go to crucial.com and they will scan your notebook and tell you what you need.
Posted on Nov 12, 2007
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