Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Acer Extensa 4620Z 3A1G16Mi

This budget laptop has the following configuration:
  1. Intel Pentium dual-core processor T2370 (1.73GHz, 533MHz FSB, 1MB L2 cache)
  2. 14.1" WXGA LCD
  3. Up to 252 MB (Vista) or 384MB (XP) Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
  4. 1GB DDR2 (1 slot free)
  5. 160GB HDD
  6. DVD-Super Multi DL
  7. 802.11b/g Broadcom WLAN
It comes pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Premium. Since it does not come with any recovery DVDs, I have to create the two recovery DVDs with Acer eRecovery using factory default. After completion, I tested them by restoring Windows Vista. It ran successfully but on reboot after recovery, the screen went blank. In the end, I have no choice but to install Windows XP Home Edition which is more stable. The XP drivers are available online and you can install in this order - audio, chipset, VGA, wireless, LAN, modem & card reader.
You can also install Launch Manager 2.0.091 from Acer XP empowering technology & utilities. The other downloads are so slow so I install older versions from the CD of my Acer TravelMate 2420 and the following works fine:
  1. Acer Empowering Technology framework
  2. Acer eSettings Management
  3. Acer ePower Management
  4. Acer eDataSecurity Management 1.00.21
  5. Acer eLock Management
  6. Acer ePerformance Management
  7. Acer ePresentation Management
To watch DVD, you can install the free AVS DVD player 2.4. To create CDs/DVDs, you can install Nero Express Essentials

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