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Windows 7: Preparing laptop for Windows 7 install - video drivers?

07 May 2009   #1
danb1985

Vista 32-bit
 
 
Preparing laptop for Windows 7 install - video drivers?

Hey,

Sorry if I'm posting this in the wrong place, but any pointers would be hugely appreciated! I'm running an ACER Aspire 5920G laptop, which comes with Vista 32-bit installed. I'd really like to give the Windows 7 RC candidate a try, but don't want to screw anything up!

I'm going to add a new partition so I can dual-boot the existing OS with the new one, but my major concerns come from ensuring the hardware works acceptably. The graphics chipset in the 5920G is a Radeon 3470 HD Mobility, and I keep it up to date under Vista using the Mobility Modifier software. Will the same modified drivers work fine with Windows 7 RC? (I'm hoping that there might be someone on this board who's been in a similar position).

Also (and this isn't quite on the topic of drivers), the laptop has 4gb of RAM installed - is it worth using a 64-bit version of Windows 7 RC, or does that complicate matters unnecessarily?

Many thanks for any advice you can offer.


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07 May 2009   #2
DaRonRon

Main OS: Windows 7 64 bit, Secondary: Vista 32 bit
 
 

hi mate,

i was in the exact same position as you are are lol. I have a vaio though. It has 4 gig ram, the same card as yours. I had windows vista 32 bit too. So i ended up installing windows 7 64 bit on a separate partition and so far no problems!! I also used to use the mobility modder in vista but in windows 7 it hasnt worked for me yet. However in their forums some people report success with those drivers in win7 so i must be doing something wrong. But i dont think there is the need for modifiying the drivers just yet because the ones that install automatically when u install win7 are relitively new as well.

So i would suggest u go for win7 64 bit if u can, but make sure u have the other drivers available for your ACER, like motherboard, audio, etc.. Should be available on their website..

hope this helps
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07 May 2009   #3
Anthony

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by danb1985 View Post

Also (and this isn't quite on the topic of drivers), the laptop has 4gb of RAM installed - is it worth using a 64-bit version of Windows 7 RC, or does that complicate matters unnecessarily?

Many thanks for any advice you can offer.

Hi danb1985,

Yes, if your proccessor supports 64bit use 64bit OS
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07 May 2009   #4
danb1985

Vista 32-bit
 
 

Thanks for both replies

DaRonRon - I'm quite a keen gamer, which is why I was so keen to ensure my drivers were up to date (and worked!). Have you tried playing games with the drivers that Windows 7 installs?

Anthony - As far as I can tell, the laptop has an Intel Core 2 Duo T5750. Is there any easy way to find out it supports 64-bit?

Sorry if I'm being a bit slow...
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07 May 2009   #5
DaRonRon

Main OS: Windows 7 64 bit, Secondary: Vista 32 bit
 
 

yes i have played some games. Im getting very similar frame rates compared to vista 32 bit with CCC 9.4 installed. I tried out devil may cry 4 and bionic commando rearmed. If i find a way to modify the latest drivers i'll let u know!!
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15 Jul 2010   #6
mudshack

vista
 
 
Bad News

Sorry to let you down but Acer Aspire 5920G isn't compliant with windows 7 according to the acer website.
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15 Jul 2010   #7
jaypels

7 all the way!
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mudshack View Post
Sorry to let you down but Acer Aspire 5920G isn't compliant with windows 7 according to the acer website.
just my two cents, if it does not work, you could try to install it in compatibility mode. and also, vista and 7 have similar or the same build to you could also try that one. when i installed 7 on my pc before and it has no drivers for win 7. someone on this forum suggested to try vista drivers and it worked just fine.
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