Having problems with your Acer Aspire 3680 Laptop ?

TRYING TO INSTALL WINDOWS XP ON ACER ASPIER 3680

\015 INSTALLED NEW HARDDRIVE 160 GB REPLACEMENT FROM ACER, WINDOWS WILL NOT LOAD DOESN'T DETECT NEW HARD DRIVE. REPLACEMENT WAS PURCHASED NEW FROM ACER.\015

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Your problem is that XP does not recognize the SATA drive.Here is a link for the Acer 5315 that explains what you need to do for XP to see the drive http://soulpass.com/2007/11/10/installing-windows-xp-professional-sp2-on-acer-aspire-5315-2153-laptop/
Here is a link to the XP drivers that you will need http://support.acer-euro.com/drivers/notebook/as_3680.html The Intel drivers from the first link should work with your laptop
If you don't have a USB floppy drive you will need to create your own CD with Nlite http://www.nliteos.com/
Have installed XP on my daughters 3680 so it can be done.

Ok, this will be a little tricky. First, you need to download device drivers for Windows XP for your Acer laptop. Do this on another machine, and burn them to a CD because you will need them later. You can do this on a friend's PC, and it will not harm their PC at all. Now for the hard part.

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  1. You will have to download the "32-bit Floppy Configuration Utility" from Intel's website.
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  3. Run that program, and create a floppy disk. You will obviously need to do this on a PC that has a floppy drive.
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  5. You will also need a USB floppy drive for the Acer laptop. You can find one here. Be sure to connect USB floppy drive to the Acer laptop, put the floppy disk you created in the USB floppy drive, and then turn on the laptop.
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  7. Now, boot from the Windows XP CD just like you have previously.
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  9. Once you do this, it will show a blue screen and writing at the bottom of the screen will say "Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver...." Make sure you press F6 here, and tap it a few times just for good measure. It will initially look like your pressing F6 did nothing, but do not worry about that.
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  11. You will soon see a screen asking if you want to "To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drives..." Press the "S" key at this point. Windows will search the floppy disk for the drivers. It may give you several choices.
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  13. Choose the AHCI ICH7-M option and press enter, (you navigate with the arrow keys on your keyboard), and press enter.
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  15. The setup should proceed normally and you'll enter your Windows XP product key (you did purchase one, right? Your Windows Vista product key on the bottom of your laptop WILL NOT WORK).
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  17. At the very end of the installation, you'll get to the desktop. This is when you need to insert the CD you created earlier and begin installing the drivers. Once that is complete, you should be all set.

I have done this several times, but it is not the easiest thing when you have never done it. Good luck!
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