It also gave me the chance to benchmark some graphics drivers on a relatively vanilla system, which I'll post some point soon.
In the meantime, while I'm waiting for Steam and Windows Update to finish their respective downloads, I might as well post about my experience.
The Upgrade Itself After removing the backplate and the fan (which I had already done once, when I cleaned them both out), I had the enviable task of removing the heatsink. For those of you that don't know, the CPU and GPU heatsinks are conjoined by a common pipe of copper. This pipe makes it INCREDIBLY difficult to shoehorn the thing out of the notebook - it took some effort and a little bit of noise that didn't sound good. But, it was removed.
In terms of thermal cooling, give Acer some credit. The thermal pads attached to the graphics card's memory chips are squished under a screwed-on plate that is separate from the heatsink - you can remove it and only the GPU core will be exposed! Thus, the main worry I had about the upgrade was for naught.......................
Thought I'd put my experience with the Window 7 Beta on my Acer Aspire 6920G, for those considering it but not sure whether it works etc.
Installation: Installation went smooth, picked up alot of things out of the box, but for the things it doesn't, you can use the backup feature on the vista partition to create a disc with all the drivers etc. on
Drivers: Well there are some you'll have to get yourself, e.g. Graphics Card drivers, I've got the HD3650 flavour of machine and my drivers are found here: [url]
Another driver that didn't work, and the one from the drivers disc doesn't either is the SD Card reader, however you can get the drivers direct from JMicron here: http://www.jmicron.com/Driver.htm go into the ftp ( there's a link towards the end of the text) and get the driver for the JMB38X not 36X, this driver works a charm.
I can't speak for ExpressCard devices as I don't use them myself.
Sound works out of the box.
Even after installing the drivers for it the webcam refuses to work.
With the drivers from the driver disc created in Vista, bluetooth works............
I'm recording voice overs and singing with it and it's specifically meant to be thin and light for travel - with a good enough screen resolution to edit with the machine while I'm on the go. I'd prefer a Windows XP unit (I'm trying to use Cubase LE and I'm not certain it'll work on Windows 7 Pro) but I can get an IT friend of mine to install XP on it if I need to.
My biggest concern with it - is noise. Is the fan really noisy? I know that I can regulate the fan speed etc. with the little apps that have been created for the unit here on this very board, but how long can one leave off the fan without the unit getting incredibly hot? I'm recording with this unit fairly close to a large diaphragm condenser mic, so really - it needs to be as quiet as possible.
Well my PC came OEM installed with Vista 32 Bit edition and I would like to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit edition (as i get a student discount).
Looking around the forums and internet in general, I have noticed that on the acer 6920g there seems to always be a problem with drivers such as the CineDash, Realtek, TV tuner, Modem, Card reader, Fingerprint, Webcam, Bluetooth etc.. I have also read that you can fix the launchmanager by running in Vista compatiability mode.
If i do an in-place upgrade (going from vista 32-bit to windows 7 ultimate) will it be fine? Also is there anything I should be cautionous of such as the drivers etc..
I would actually really like to do a clean installation but I'm worried that the keyboard "quick" buttons (such as the internet,bluetooth,mail on the side of keyboard will not work)- can someone please confirm if I did a clean installation, would theese buttons still work?
Also I have two games:GTA IV, Call of Duty 5 , will theese both work on windows 7 (or on compatability).
Hello every one, I am interested on the Acer Aspire AS5532 that is currently on sale at bestbuy, it have a single core AMD Athlon 54 1.6, with ATI video card, and also I am looking at the Acer 5517 from staples which have a 2ghz Turion II
I have used HP computers for the last 6 years and never owned an Acer, I know first hand that Acer quality wasnt the best a few years ago as I had to troubleshoot and fix my friend's Acer while in college, but now that my HP died I need a cheap and reliable laptop for the mean time. So I will like to know user experince with this models and if there is a review since I have search the forum and Cnet and theres is none.
Acer Aspire AS5532[url]
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit AMD Athlon™ single-core TF-20 1.6Ghz 3GB DDR2 memory 160GB hard drive 15.6" HD Widescreen Acer CineCrystal™ LCD Display ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics 8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive Built-in InviLink high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g/Draft-N) Multi-in-1 media reader 6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery 1 year warranty
Acer Aspire 5517[url]
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor L310 3GB installed memory 250GB hard drive 15.6" HD Widescreen Acer CineCrystal™ LCD Display 8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader 6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader Dimensions 14.4 (W) x 10.8 (D) x 1.1/1.5 (H) inches (6.1lbs) 1 year warranty
My 5920G which I got for Christmas is giving me some problems.
I have gone to power options and and changed the settings so when I close the lid, nothing must happen. But when I come back in about 20 minutes after leaving the lid closed, there is no way of me getting the LCD to start up. The only way I can get past this is by pressing the power button in for a few seconds forcing it to shut down. Obviously this is bad for my notebook. How do I get this sorted out? The same thing happens if I leave the lid open and come back in a while.
I have the Acer Aspire 5920G. Since my laptop is starting to get a bit too warm, I would like to know the steps in cleaning the fan for my laptop. I already got a can of compressed air. Can someone please tell me the exact steps to clean the fan?
Acer 5920G won't charge. When I plug in the charger the light that normally comes on to indicate that it is charging does not light up and in windows the icon that indicates that it is charging does not come up either.
My PC is the Acer 5920G best buy configuration, about two years old and no components are overclocked.
I was using it when this happened, I just noticed that the light went off and then it wouldn't charge when I plugged in the charger. As far as I know all the other components work correctly though it does have poor battery life. I was downloading a large file so I had it running for about six hours straight if that makes any difference.
I've checked the charger itself and nothing came loose. The green light on the charger also lights up when I plug it in so it is probably not the outlet that is the problem plus I've tried it in multiple outlets.
I'm pretty sure its either the battery or the charger, but I would like to know for sure and get advice from anyone else who may have had this problem.
Past few days I got my 8600M GT 256MB DDR2 GPU overheated and it is broken now. Sigh!! The system was still bootable and I did even hear the login sound not until today when I just unplugged the HDD and GPU myself. When I put them back together, I won't boot as usual. It stops loading a while after I turned it on and stays freeze until I shut it off.
FYI, I removed the HDD to copy a backup of my content into another PC. While connecting to other PC, I did change some setting on the Ownership of some folder to get it accessible. As for the GPU, I just simply removed it to take a look myself and snap some photo of it, then inserted it back as before.
So, I wonder will these techies stuff I did awhile back could corrupted the bios that would make the system halted halfway.
Additional information that I would like to share is that I have decided to replace my GPU with ATi Mobility Radeon HD3650 512MB DDR2 instead of the original and did learn the method to do so. Read on some info regarding flashing the GPU, but was not sure bout it.
I tried installing Service Pack 1 and it won't boot. Microsoft has just sent me a Vista Home Premium Repair CD that will hopefully fix it. I have Recovery Discs, but then I'll lose all my data. This is the 2nd time that my 5920G has broke like this, is there a huge design flaw with this laptop?
Is Acer always like this? It was such a high end laptop for its price (8600M GT, Core 2 Duo 1.5 Ghz, 2 GB RAM, HDMI, HD-DVD, for $1099), but I can never trust this company again.
I have a 5920g computer which I adore, sadly we always hurt the ones we love, I dropped it and broke the right hinge, because of that the plastic frame of the monitor ripped 2. It still works perfectly fine, but its annoying as hell to watch my lappy like this all the time. I called acer, and found a provider who can repair it for 400 dlrs (I payed 1000 dlrs for the lap) so well, its seem outrageous to me paying 40% of the total price for a hinge replace.
Anyway, I found the hinge and the other parts on Ebay singapore, for less tan 100 dlrs. So, heres my question, does anyone know how hard is it to replace this parts, I am a mildy medium kinda handy guy, with some hardware skills. So anyone know if this is hard, is there a guide around that can show me the process, or should I just pay the 400 dlrs and get this thing done.
Ive taken the back cover off my 5920 many times and really never took a look at it until now. What i noticed is that the vents for the ram are covered by a glossy black see through tape rather than mesh, which covers all the other vents.
Ive linked a picture below: add http into brackets
Has anyone else noticed that in their laptop? or is mine the only one where they ran out of mesh and decided tape was just as good. I wanna just rip it off.
Another thing, has anyone been able to overclock their 5920?(mines got a T8100) ive been searching for days and cant find anyone who has. I always have my backcover off and have my laptop resting on a custom dual 120mm fan notebook cooler. My idle temps are from 37-42, load is just over 60. I wanna push this thing just a bit more.
My 5920g start it wont even get to the postscreen happened right after the hdd got messed up.So i changed i figured that it was just the hdd that kept it from starting but nothing happened.So i asked and some told me it could be anything im really hopping its that its just the gcard since its the 8600m gt.One person told me to put a cd in the drive and if its spins it its probably the card and not the motherboard or cpu but idk.So best case if its the 8600m gt, could i upgrade it to the 9600m gt or the 9650m gt since they also are mxm2.
I think the bios support the 9600m gt but im not sure about the 9650m gt.
I really wana finish my fallout 3 game i was almost at the end.
I got these temperatures by running orthos to stress the cpu, and furmark to stress the gpu at the same time. Are these temperatures normal for an Acer Aspire 5920g? Cause I find these temperatures rather high, and I'm wondering if these are safe. I already have applied some artic silver 5 thermal compound to the both the gpu and the cpu.
I thought I hibernated or maybe something triggered it back on... i don't know! But my laptop has been sitting inside a drawer while it was running! And I don't remember when the last time I used my laptop and stuck it in there! I opened it up and I saw was BSOD!
So I just turned it off and turned it back on. Nothing posts on the screen and the hard drive light will blink for a second and then stop. Sometimes the fan will just turn off and it will constantly reboot itself. When that happens it only stays on for a few seconds but nothing shows up on the montior.
Man I think I screwed it up. I opened it up and I don't see any physical damage. I even took the heat sinks off and the chips look normal. I don't know what to do now. I have already tried running without a hard drive, only 1 ram stick in either slot. Nothing.
currently i have 2gb of RAM, and i want 4GB (if possible) as i find when ever i play games, its really starting to struggle
so really the help i need is,
what RAM do i get?
is it actually possible to have 4gb of RAM in this comp recognised?
i will note that i will probably get some expert tech ppl to fit any upgrade cos i dont want to risk breaking my laptop - but i know that if i go in there they will sell me what ever they have - and it will cost me alot more than if i buy on the net first.
I my Acer 5920G, internal hard drive is dead by bad sectors. I can't boot image from my Transcend external hard drive. Just nothing happens, just blink of short line in left up corner of screen. I did everything fine in BIOS and I also tried Alt+F10 and also nothing. Is there any chance to do something before I by new internal hard.