Thread DetailsLast Edited by widgit September 20, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Acer Model # S3-391-6046
Operating System: Windows 8
CPU Type: Intel Core i3-2367M 1.4GHz
Memory Size: 4GB DDR3
Hard Disk: 320GB HDD / 20GB SSD
Graphics Card: Intel HD Graphics 3000
WLAN: 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 HS
Ports: 2 x USB 3.0 and 1 x HDMI
Audio Ports: 1 x Combo headphone/microphone-in jack
Card Reader: 2-in-1 memory card reader
Webcam: Built-in 1.3 megapixel webcam
Battery: 3-cell lithium-polymer battery w/battery life up to 5.5 hours
TO INSTALL UEFI ON THE ASPIRE S3-391-6616 ONLY!!
Large enough USB for Windows 8 (I used a 8GB Patriot)
Windows 8 iso with key of course
Bios file of 2.09 (https://app.box.com/s/wkubotuy0kf75gs
Understanding of the command prompt
Software for creating iso's (http://rufus.akeo.ie/downloads/rufus_v1.3.4.ex
1. Install the Windows 8 iso as a bootable USB as a GPT UEFI partition using Rufus. Unplug it once it's done.
2. Run the Bios install file. Don't run any other programs at the same time. Make sure the computer is plugged in during this whole process.
3. Once the computer restarts shut it down, if it blue screens then enter the bios during bootup and set the bios type to legacy instead of UEFI for now. Restart it after that.
4. Update to the latest bios from Acer's website, make sure to get the 2.x one now.
5. Once all that is done and all necessary restarts are done boot into your bios with the USB stick plugged in.
6. Change it to UEFI from legacy and enable F12 during startup. Restart and hit F12 a bunch of times until the boot manager pops up.
7. Select the USB stick to boot from.
8. Once Windows 8 installer is up open up command prompt using Shift+F10. (You cannot skip this step)
9. Once the command prompt is open type diskpart.exe
10. Now type disk info
11. It should show a ~18.6GB Drive and a ~298GB Drive.
12. Type sel drive x. (X is the drive number for the 298GB)
13. Now type list partition
14. Type sel partition x (X represents any of the partitions)
15. Type del partition
16. Type list partition again and repeat the process till all the partitions are deleted
17. When that is done type convert gpt
18. Repeat the same thing with the iSSD by typing list disk and repeating steps 12-17.
19. Once all that is done you can continue to install windows using the advanced install option. IF YOU DON'T CONVERT TO GPT YOUR DRIVES WONT SHOW UP!
I will add a how to reinstate the express cache and the hybernate onto the iSSD later.
More to come!
TO INSTALL WINDOWS 8 ON THE iSSD:
Drive Benchmarks with Windows 8 on iSSD:
Kingston HyperX 3k in my laptop:
Since there are a few people reporting clicking problems with the HDD on the $120 6616 I'd like to see how many have the problem.
Please just add your username to the list if you have it.
Have Problem on S3-391-6616 $120:
Just a proof of concept!! Windows 8 takes up a uncomfortable amount of space on the 20GB iSSD. Ubuntu or similar would probably be more suited to it.
The SSD on these laptops is iSSD. It can be used for any type of file storage including the operating system but by default is for hybernation and wake events. I chose to install Windows 8 Pro onto it. Here is what I did. I want to state that I am just running it this way temporarily because I wanted to try it. I will be putting a SSD in and using the iSSD as a hybernate drive again.
You will need:
I used Windows 8 Pro 64bit
4GB or larger USB flash drive
I used a Patriot 8GB
Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool http://www.microsoftst
Bios update (optional) , Drivers for everything
To fresh install Windows onto the iSSD:
1. Grab your Windows installation disk and make an ISO from it using your choice of sotware, I used BurnAware free. (ISO is a disc image)
2. Use Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool to load that ISO onto a 4GB or larger USB Drive. (If you receive a ISO error then you will have to edit the ISO properties using UltraISO or similar.)
3. At this point I updated the bios to the latest one. Save all your work! Make sure to select the correct bios for the correct Laptop. If you have the $120 6616 then do NOT install the Windows 8 bios. If you have the $200 6046 then do NOT install the Windows 7 bios. Follow the instructions during install and don't touch the laptop. Let it do it's thing. It will restart during this process.
4. Back up anything you will need off the laptop.
5. Restart the laptop and press F2 furiously until you get into the BIOS. At this point find the option for F12 and enable it.
6. Insert the USB drive.
7. Restart the computer and furiously hit F12. Select the USB drive.
8. Follow the normal Windows installation prompts until you get to the Installation options. At this point select custom install.
9. It should now show all of your drives. I had 5 different partitions, 2 on the iSSD and 3 on the HDD.
10. Select the advanced options icon and then proceed to delete all the partitions. In the end you should have a 298GB~ partitions and a 18GB~ partition. This is due to how manufacturers define memory. Most use a base 10 system when they write out capacity but Windows uses a base 8. That is why you have a 320GB HDD but it only shows 298GB~. It's calculated differently.
11. You can format both drives if you want but I chose to just select the iSSD partition and hit next.
12. Follow the instillation like normal.
13. Once started up I first disabled Windows Update and then checked capacity. I had 4GB~ free. Let's free up some more. (Install all of your drivers for wifi etc. once you have finished moving the Programs folder at the end)
14. I went through this to optimize, you really only need to do the space saving ones but I did all. (I left a 16MB to 1GB pagefile allocation) http://www.thessdrevie
15. Restart your computer once all of that is done.
16. Open your Disk Management console by right clicking in the lower left corner. Create a partition on the 320GB HDD that should not be partitioned yet. Move all your program file install directories using this: http://www.tomshardwar
17. Now proceed to run windows updates, then move your documents, my music, etc folders to the D: drive.
18. Once done you should have about 80% filled on the drive.