The office just bought a new Acer Aspire 4715z and it came with Linpus Linux preloaded. We decided to install Windows XP SP2 on the system since our staff are not (yet) Linux trained. Installing Windows XP is a no-brainer, however, making all the drivers work is another matter. In retrospect, the main cause of the headache is the webcam driver that came with the unit (Resource CD)- it causes the shutdown or unit restart to hang – forcing you to pull out the battery and plug. You’re better off without it. You can also download updated drivers from the hardware manufacturers, namely Intel and Realtek. You can also do a quick search of the term “acer aspire 4715z drivers” for more results.
Here are the drivers I used.
- Chipset – Intel GM965 Express chipset
- AHCI – did not install (problematic)
- Intel VGA – Intel Graphics Media Accelerator
- Audio – Realtek website for HD audio codec
- Touchpad – used the resource CD
- Agere Modem – used the resource CD
- 802.11 abg Atheros QMI – used the resource CD
- LAN – used the resource CD
- Suyin Webcam – did not install (problematic)/just install the application from resource CD