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Extensa 5365Z

maplemaple Posts: 3Member

Extensa 5365Z notebook with Windows 7 Sp1 64-bit, Dual core T4300 2.10 GHz, RAM 2 GB.

 

I would like to know

 

#1. Current Bios version is 3305. Should I upgrade it to Acer BIOS 3310 (3.1 MB, 2011/04/12), that is to say the latest BIOS for Extensa 5365Z according to ACER support site?

http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/drivers

 

 

#2. According to the "Get Windows 10" tool by Microsoft, my notebook is compatible with Windows 10.

 

ACER, though, hasn't released Windows 10 drivers.

 

Do you think the fundamental features are going to work with Windows 10 anyway? Should I give it a try?

 

 

 

Best Answer

  • philetusphiletus Posts: 4,428 Pathfinder
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    I don't even see Extensa 5365z in Acer Drivers.

    If you have the new driver and know for sure it's the correct driver, you can update it, but it's always a bit of a risk to do it. If you try to install the wrong driver you can brick your laptop.

    If you have no problems or reasons to upgrade the Bios, it's better to leave it alone. That said, I always upgrade mine and have never had a problem.

     

    As to Windows 10, I upgraded to 10, a Aspire 5250 that is not on Acer's approved list and Acer has no W 10 drivers for and it completed with no driver problems.

    I was coming from Windows 8.1 though and not W7.

     The 10 upgrade could wipe out your Recovery (if you still have it), and if you don't have a Windows install KEY you would probably be sad.

    I wouls clone the HDD to another HDD before I did it.

     

     

     

FAQ & Answers

  • philetusphiletus Posts: 4,428ACE Pathfinder
    Accepted Answer

    I don't even see Extensa 5365z in Acer Drivers.

    If you have the new driver and know for sure it's the correct driver, you can update it, but it's always a bit of a risk to do it. If you try to install the wrong driver you can brick your laptop.

    If you have no problems or reasons to upgrade the Bios, it's better to leave it alone. That said, I always upgrade mine and have never had a problem.

     

    As to Windows 10, I upgraded to 10, a Aspire 5250 that is not on Acer's approved list and Acer has no W 10 drivers for and it completed with no driver problems.

    I was coming from Windows 8.1 though and not W7.

     The 10 upgrade could wipe out your Recovery (if you still have it), and if you don't have a Windows install KEY you would probably be sad.

    I wouls clone the HDD to another HDD before I did it.

     

     

     

  • maplemaple Posts: 3Member

    Thanks philetus, what you say makes perfect sense. I guess I am going to image-backup all the partitions with Macrium Reflect before trying the upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

     

    You could not even find the drivers for my Extensa because I mistyped the model number. Sorry about that! Actually it is 5635Z

    I would modify my original post if I could, but looks like I can't edit it any longer.

     

    One more thing: do you know if I can backup the old bios before flashing the new one?

    I guess I am going to flash from DOS.

  • Look here

    https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Lenovo-A-B-C-N-S-Flex-and/Universal-BIOS-Backup-ToolKit-2-0/td-p/1205920

     

    Here is tool. Download in browser not megasync.If you get a warning, ignore it. After you're finished,delete it and  scan your computer before you flash Bios to be sure. You will have to sign up to get the tool.

    https://mega.nz/#!ElJGFRDA!vmwxdI9w6...9jDec25bix-K0E

     

    I don't see the dos flash tool with the bios.

    As long as you have laptop plugged in and battery in it's pretty safe to flash from windows.

  • maplemaple Posts: 3Member

    Thanks again!

    Anyway, I did not use the backup utility as the Chinese description on http://www.bios.net.cn/ seems to mean it has still to be tested thoroughly.

     

    https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=zh-CN&tl=en&u=http://www.bios.net.cn/down/BIOSsggj/2009-09-14/437.html

     

    Instead, after a full image-backup, I run the Acer bios flash utility in Windows and it automatically (without prompt) backed up the old bios, stored it into appdata/local/temp, with a log too, and flashed the new bios (without prompt).

    The new bios works fine.

    I upgraded Windows 7 to Windows 10, it completed the installation but it doesn't work. It boots, logon is OK, but then it freezes! Now I am restoring the old Windows.

     

    By the way, Windows 10 did not overwrite the ACER eRecovery partition (Alt-F10 at boot).

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