Looking through Windows


Well, I have a licence for Windows XP professional, and while I am not one to generally endorse Microsoft. I find myself having installed Windows XP on my Acer Aspire 4315. I’m going to dual boot it with Ubuntu 8.10 when it is released.

My decision to install Windows came from the small hardware issues I was having with Ubuntu 8.04. I was having intermittent wireless problems with the Atheros wireless drivers, Printing issues and various other little things under Linux. I am pleased to say that I have no such problems under Windows XP. I do hope Intrepid (Ubuntu 8.10) will solve many if not all the issues I was having. But for now, Windows XP is working like a dream. I guess I am hoping Linux will have no hardware issues once Windows XP becomes completely unsupported as I will not upgrade from Windows XP to any other Windows version.

I almost hate to say I am running Windows XP on it. 🙂 but, like I said while I am not generally one to endorse Microsoft products. We live in a world where hardware is designed for Windows and is generally better supported under Windows.

I have got everything working like a dream, Sound, Modem, Network, Wireless, Dual View/TV out, Webcam etc…. I have even found Windows Live Writer to be an excellent desktop blogging package.

For those of you looking for Windows XP drivers for Acer Aspire 4315 Notebook. Google search the following drivers. All implement well and so far have given me no cause for concern


If you know of better drivers please leave a comment. These work for me but I can’t guarantee they will work for everyone else.. 🙂

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I’m an Electronics Service Technician by day. By night I’m an Application Developer, Embedded Software Developer, Mountain Biking chic. Currently starting to put together some home automation projects which I’ll be posting progress on the site.


  1. Hi,
    I have worked with computer hardware/software for some years and have a Acer 4315. There appears to be a problem with the USB ports. Some devices work and others don’t-both XP sp3 with current updates and drivers and various Linux distros . Still working on it.May need express card with usb ports to get around it or a list of usb devices that work. External 160GB hard drive and usb mouse and some bluetooth doogles ok. Two usb TV cards no good
    Ubuntu 8.10 post beta 5 now supports wireless from install.
    Official release expected late October. Do not install yet !

  2. Hi,
    The 4 X USB Express card has resolved a lot of my usb problems. Reports as “Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0409:005a NEC Corp. HighSpeed Hub ” Ebay purchase
    Express Card ExpressCard/34 Hub 4 USB Quad Port Mac/PC (290257857005) Store website ” http://stores.ebay.com.au/exgrass “. 8.10 release of Ubuntu is looking good. I will not be trying to get the winmodem going with Linux and only have the internal microphone and external monitor to test. Suspend and Hibernate seem ok with the latest kernel. I am using 2GB of RAM and started install by completely removing ACER partitions. Unit is setup as dual boot XP /Ubuntu 8.10 . Ubuntu 8.10 does a better job with hardware discovery and install than XP .

    I have updated the bios to the latest version V1.13.

    In short if you don’t need the internal modem there is no need for windows.

    Cheers David

  3. Hi Kimberley,
    I have the Acer 4315 shipped with ubuntu which was fine but I have a part tiem job from home that requires use of windows office 2007, due to the demise of my desktop I find the need to install Windows XP onto the Acer 4315 to continue my job. I am unsure of the order of doing this. Can you help please? do I install the drivers first(which I have collected onto a CD); or do I format the HDD? I read that to install WinXP on this machine I have to change BIOS to reflect IDE instead of SATA HDD? do you have any ideas? a step by step would be wonderful. Thanks

  4. Hi FrancesL,

    I had to setup my bios to ide to get Windows XP to see the drive properly. Booting off your Windows XP install disk will allow you to remove the Linux partitions and create a Windows one. Just follow the prompts during the Windows installation procedure and you shouldn’t have any problems.

    As far as drivers for Windows XP go, once XP is installed, just start running the driver installation. I started with the Lan & Wireless drivers so I could get online faster but I don’t think it matters in which order you install the drivers.

    Hope that helps.

    Regards Kimberly

  5. Hi Kimberley

    I am having problems with a few devices but the main one I am concerned with is my webcam. I’ve since installed an external but its not up to much. I’d much prefer to be able to use the Crystal One integrated into my 4315. Please can you tell me which of the drivers listed above will resolve this issue for me?
    Thanks in advance for your any help you can provide and well done on such a nice blog. Consider yourself bookmarked!

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