UPDATE: September 8, 2008 to include driver package information from my previous post
Preface: Please read this entire guide before attempting to install XP on your laptop. It would be wise to make Vista backup discs with the included Acer utility in case you should need to install Vista again. Also please be advised my Acer came with integrated Intel graphics some 5920 models come with Nividia graphics cards, you will need to find and download those from http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx It goes with out saying that installing an operating system is a big job and often requires you to wipe your entire hard drive. Please backup all your important files beforehand!
Let’s get down to business:
Installing XP on your Acer 5920 laptop is fairly straight forward. Your first order of business is to change the hard drive’s SATA Mode. You’re going to do this by entering your BIOS setup this is done by pressing F2 at startup while the Acer splash screen is up as soon as you boot your computer. Once at the BOIS screen use your right arrow key to move over to the main tab. From there use the down arrow key to select the last option ‘SATA Mode’ press enter and use the up arrow key to select IDE mode and press enter.
Now we need to get the laptop to boot from the CD ROM. While in BIOS use the arrow key to scroll over to the fourth menu option, ‘Boot’ press down arrow until you get to #2 which should read IDE CD, highlight the IDE CD entry and press F6 to move it up. When you’re done IDE CD should be beside # 1. Now press F10 to save and exit, confirm your changes.
Here are some pictures to help you out a bit, click for full size:
Pop your XP CD in the CD-ROM drive before you reboot and close the drive. Reboot. Then press any key to boot from the CD.
Run through the XP install. I’d suggest wiping all partitions and giving XP the entire hard drive unless you want do dual boot with another OS such and Linux if that’s the case you’re smart enough to setup your own partitioning scheme.
From a fresh install of XP the following works:
Left Side Hotkeys (Internet, email, etc)
As you can see, once XP was installed, virtually none of my hardware worked. No wireless internet or even Ethernet connection, so I Googled. I found this (second post) on a forum, it’s an exe that installs all the drivers necessary and I installed it and the install took about 10 minutes and when I restarted I had everything I needed. The only issue was some error about the blue tooth driver but I don’t use it, I’ll explore it in the future, if I need it. I’m going to upload the file here as it’s hosted at one of those file hosting sites and you never know how long the file will be available. Here is the link: <LINK REMOVED – VIRUS FOUND>
There are some issues with the wireless driver in that package, it wouldn’t install for me. You will have to download these with another computer and drop them on CD or thumb drive. Get the files from here: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Product_Filter.aspx?ProductID=2259&lang=eng select your windows version then select ‘Intel® PRO/Wireless Drivers-Only for Windows* XP’ download this file and copy it over to your laptop and run the installer.
Now here’s the problem, XP with it’s ever present pain in the ass activation BS will not activate for me so I’m going to leave off here. If I recall correctly once you connect to the internet and activate Windows you can get the rest of the drivers via Windows update.
If you run into any issues drop me a comment and I’ll see what I can do to help you out.
Last Edited 03/28/09 Typo fixes and link removal.