I’m about to receive my 8104 today. I think that a lot of people are going to be buying this Acer, once they find out that we trendsetters have adopted this cool lappy. So, I want to put together a step-by-step for everyone who’s receiving theirs right now to address a few critical issues, like Partitioning and ePowerManagement. I’ve read all your previous posts about these topics and here’s my best attempt at a summary:REMOVING PARTITIONS WITH PARTITION MAGIC
Acer ships the drive partitioned in three sectors: a 3-GB hidden restore partition, and two 45-GB partitions, all formatted FAT32, Windows XP’s latest FAT spec that supports a maximum capacity of 2GB with the same flexible storage parameters as NTFS.
The reason Acer did this is because Acer’s eRecovery software is an Acer rebranded older Norton Ghost running from a hidden Windows 98 partition, explaining the need for FAT32. The manual states that while the C: sector can be converted to NTFS, the D: partition needs to be FAT32 for eRecovery to work.
While you may not feel compelled to convert the FAT32 sectors to NTFS, you might want to collapse the D: drive, if that bothers you, but be aware that in the very rare instance that you need to recover your hard drive from a bad crash, Acer’s eRecovery software needs to access recovery files saved on the D: partition.
You could, of course, back up all your documents and important files, like bookmarks, and simply reformat the drive with the two included system disks and start from scratch. But a full recovery will also not work without the default partitions, so you’ll need to add a FAT32 D: partition to your drive before using eRecovery, if you deleted the D: sector.
To repartition the drive, you’ll need Partition Magic 8.0, the only software thusfar found to be capable of repartitioning the Seagate Momentus drive. To convert the C: or D: sectors to NTFS run the following in command from the Command Prompt:
convert c: /fs:NTFS
To convert the D: sector, just change the “c:” to “d:”
Partition Magic can handle this task as well.ALTERNATIVE METHOD NOT USING PARTITION MAGIC
If you want to accomplish the above without bothering with Partition Magic, follow this step-by-step procedure:
1. Use another copy of Windows XP Pro, after changing the bios to load from the CD, to reformat the drive
2. At the Windows XP Pro blue set-up screen, format the C: drive NTFS and install XP Pro
3. For a CD Key, use the one supplied by Acer on the bottom of the notebook
4. Install Service Pack 2, if necessary
5. Use the "Acer System CD" to install drivers, utilities and programs. When you insert the system CD, click on the “Install” tab (it has Windows XP on the left hand side), to see a list of drivers, utilities, etc., which you can install one by one.
Everything should work, except for the fact that you will not have the ACER desktop screen.
DarthAcer, I also saw that you made this comment:
“There is a hidden 3-GB partition that has a system you can restore from. There is an option in BIOS to perform disk-to-disk retore. No need for CDs.”
If that’s true, can we safely assume that we don’t need Acer’s eRecovery Disk when using this partition to restore?REMOVING EPOWERMANAGEMENT
Finally, you said you removed ePowerManagement, but you were rather cryptic:
“As I wrote earlier in the thread, ePowerManagement is gone, so is Launch Manager. I installed Launch Manager from my TravelMate 8003, but slightly modified DeviceId.ini in it to recognize new wireless and bluetooth:
Device ID 5 = VEN_8086&DEV_4223
Device ID 0 = Vid_0a5c&Pid_200a
I can now select what is active on bootup. All Fn+ keys work fine. Special keys work fine. MX900 Bluetooth mouse connects quickly and reliably on start-up.
Using Windows’ built-in power management, the fan comes on less! I'm so happy!”
I gather that using Method #2 (without Partition Magic), would address removing ePowerManagement without requiring a total hack, am I correct? If so, I’ll order a new Windows XP disk today, so I can deal with the fan and the ability to completely turn off hibernation.
Anyone else, please feel free to chime in!