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Windows 7: Dual Boot Windows 7 & XP on 2 separate drives on Acer laptop

25 Oct 2013   #61
Kaktussoft

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Problem and solution were quite straight forward. It's a pitty it took so long to solve.
did you install the drivers already? I did post them in an earlier post. Most of the time it's a zip file, just run setup.exe in zip file.

In my listed are multiple wireless lan drivers, but you only need 1 (the one for your chipset). Best thing is to install them all. Post back after installing them all and rebooted. Post "device management" screenshot afterwards

The AHCI driver has already been installed btw


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25 Oct 2013   #62
Serenity

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Hello, Kaktussoft. I have gotten into XP and just like you said I can see the drivers sitting in the Windows 7 hardrive folder named Drivers. Before I start unzipping and clicking on setup files, do I first need to cut and paste or copy and paste those zipped folders int XP and unzip form there?
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25 Oct 2013   #63
gregrocker

 

No, you can run the wireless driver from where you downloaded it. Make sure its extracted and run the .exe.

Do you remember where you downloaded the wireless driver?

If not download it again from the Acer Downloads webpage linked repeatedly.
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25 Oct 2013   #64
Serenity

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I'm gonna go incommunicado for three or four days as I'm restoring some enormous files from my online backup source. I will most certainly deal with those drivers as soon as I can after my restore. Being without those irreplaceable files has me more than apprehensive. I will be in touch again though.

Did I mention how happy and grateful I am?
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29 Oct 2013   #65
Serenity

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Hello, again. Almost there!!! But there's connection problems. I see that I have got connection (Signal Strength says "Excellent") to my network but update downloads for XP will not come through. It goes to the website and gets hung up on the "Checking for updates" progress bar which flashes the green working color but there is nothing downloading at all. As for the driver downloads, There were two that wouldn't install because some hardware on my laptop is insufficient, (VGA_Intel... & Camera Chicony...). But there is also a problem with the zipfile Audio_Realtek_v5.10.0.5704_XPx86. There is no SETUP file in there or in any of the folders in there to get that one to work. I see nothing with an .exe extension. All the rest are on there which is awesome.
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29 Oct 2013   #66
Serenity

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After 2 Restarts, there at least appeared a yellow shield indicating that updates were downloading. HOORAAAAAYYY! So there are 128 in this first run and then I'll Restart again. And I'll go from there. I think I know what that missing Audio_Realtek driver is for. XP has no sound whatsoever. No startup jingle, nothing on websites like Youtube, nothing. How can I get that driver to install without a SETUP file?
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29 Oct 2013   #67
gregrocker

 

Did the Windows Updates have a Realtek driver?

If not then go to Device Manger, click on the Sound device, Driver tab, Update driver, Browse to the location where the Realtek download was unzipped to see if it picks up and installs the driver.

If not try downloading the driver again, rightclick to extract the files, look again for an .exe file or browse in from Device Manager to see if it will pick it up this time.
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29 Oct 2013   #68
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Serenity View Post
Hello, again. Almost there!!! But there's connection problems. I see that I have got connection (Signal Strength says "Excellent") to my network but update downloads for XP will not come through. It goes to the website and gets hung up on the "Checking for updates" progress bar which flashes the green working color but there is nothing downloading at all. As for the driver downloads, There were two that wouldn't install because some hardware on my laptop is insufficient, (VGA_Intel... & Camera Chicony...). But there is also a problem with the zipfile Audio_Realtek_v5.10.0.5704_XPx86. There is no SETUP file in there or in any of the folders in there to get that one to work. I see nothing with an .exe extension. All the rest are on there which is awesome.
There is a setup.exe in it!! I just did check
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30 Oct 2013   #69
Serenity

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You were absolutely right, Kaktussoft. There was a SETUP file in there but something goofy must have happened with my first extraction. I extracted a second time and there it was. Sorry about that. So I don't know how XP connected to the internet for those update downloads but it did and I am up to date. Everything is working but oddly, the sound control slider on my laptop's volume works properly for XP but entirely opposite in Windows 7. For example, in XP, if the slider is muted there will be no sound. But in Windows 7 if the slider is on any level but mute, there will be no sound. Weird, huh? And there is this popup that appears everytime I start XP. I will take a camera pick and include that next time because I haven't any idea what it is asking for. Whether I hit OK or Cancel it seems to make no difference.
Here are 3 screenshots showing my complete Device Manager.

Dual Boot Windows 7 & XP on 2 separate drives on Acer laptop-device-manager-1-3.png

Dual Boot Windows 7 & XP on 2 separate drives on Acer laptop-device-manager-2-3.png

Dual Boot Windows 7 & XP on 2 separate drives on Acer laptop-device-manager-3-3.png

I am so excited to start those games you have no idea!!!! But I have to take things in order. Norton is presently installed for the Windows 7 partition but I still need to install it on the XP partition. I'm so thrilled. You guys have been incredible and I couldn't be happier.


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30 Oct 2013   #70
gregrocker

 

I'd not run Norton which is bloatware. At least try Microsoft Security Essentials to have a lean AV which doesn't interfere with performance.

Have you done a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 for Win7 yet? The tutorial shows how to get and keep a perfect install, which is the opposite of factory-preinstalled Win7.
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