Vista Upgrade and Fun With Drivers

The laptop I upgr… look, for the sake of argument,  I’m going to SAY upgraded… to Vista this last weekend was an Acer Aspire 9300, a laptop which has served me quite well for the last couple of years.

The upgrade, I believe I mentioned, went smoothly. It took a while, but I wound up with a working laptop with a new operating system and what more could I ask for, right?

Well, there were a couple of exclamation marks in Device manager… and the touchpad, while working, was hella sensitive and I couldn’t change the settings on it.

Since it took me several hours to sort out those last couple-three little quirks, I thought I would cut to the chase for anyone else who might have an Acer 9300, might be upgrading to Vista, and might be having coprocessor, webcam, or touchpad issues.

First: Go to this site.  It’s an ftp site hosted by Acer of Europe, and it was the site that gave me the stuff I needed when the American and Australian sites let me down.

You’ll need:

NVIDIA Chipset Driver
Synaptics TouchPad Driver

Download all three of them, unzip them to somewhere, and run the included setup.exe from each archive.  I did chipset first, then webcam, then touchpad, but they probably work in any order.

When you’re installing the chipset driver, you have the option to install two drivers at once.  One is for the built-in Ethernet port, and since I wasn’t having any problems with it, I elected not to install that driver.

Now, I’m not saying that this will necessarily work for anyone else, but it worked for me and I hope it will help someone else out there. 🙂

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