SM Bus Controller - Acer Aspire M5100
by nilsolaris - 6/10/08 7:02 AM
Where can i find the SM Bus Controller driver for an ACer Aspire M5100, with an AMD Phenom 8500, Triple Core Processor, 2.09 GHz and 3 GB of RAM?
by: nilsolaris June 10, 2008 7:02 AM PDT
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Ask Acer if they have XP drivers or not, and if not, then you're just SOL. It's something you should have thought about before you went and replaced Vista with XP: Are there drivers for all my hardware?
Whatever your opinion of Vista, it's where the driver development focus is going to be on new systems. So, BEFORE you went and dumped Vista, you should have checked to see if there were drivers for your hardware. Now you're paying for your impulsiveness. At some point you're going to have to make a choice between either staying with XP and not being able to use certain bits of hardware, or Vista, which you hate, but has drivers for all your hardware. I suppose you could also try Linux, but there's usually a decent lag time with laptop support in Linux. All the volunteer poking and prodding of systems to create unofficial third party drivers takes time. But you don't have too much to lose by trying.
"SOL" is a pretty poor technical response, and rather unkind to boot. Perhaps no reply would be better than an uninformed opinion.
It took some seriously informed detective work, but I (and many others) have Win XP Pro up on my Acer Aspire 4315-2590 and working nicely. A place to start would be the XP drivers for slightly earlier Acer Aspire models such as the 2480. Before the machine will even let you wipe the drive ou will need to go into the BIOS and flip the drive interface from AHCP to IDE.
The "SM Controller" driver services the motherboard "Southbridge," a fancy term for the chip that oversees I/O processes. Google "ATI Catalyst" for SM Bus Controller Driver. Download the You will need to install .NET 3.0 before you install the ATI package.
The Acer Aspire 4315-2490 is built around a Processor and motherboard that has been proven with Windows XP for at least the last several years. It only makes sense that the mobo chip manufacturers would have XP drivers floating around.
The talk on the notebook forums is that the 4315-2490 being labeled "Made for Windows Vista" forced Acer into an agreement that they would not publish XP drivers for the machine. That does not necessarily mean that XP drivers aren't available out there. As far as I know, there is no "Acer proprietary" hardware on the mother board.
I realize you have an M5100, not a 2490... but the SM Bus Controller issue is the same for both models... that ATI package linked in the next post should fix the problem.
It's not my job to do research for someone else. They should have thought about these things beforehand, and now they're paying the price. Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind, and let people make painful mistakes. If you don't, they never learn why it's a bad idea.
Besides, I expect nothing from others that I don't expect from myself.
You are quite a specimen
I realize this is 2 years old, but I must weigh in on your statements above.
I have an Acer 5100 with the same issue.
It has NEVER had Vista loaded on it, it came with XP-MCE preloaded.
You have quite a pretentious, arrogant, and uneducated attitude. If you don't want to do research for others, just don't respond.
Jerky responses such as these don't help anyone, and just make you appear foolish.
May time show you the errors of your ways.
You sir shouldn't have said anything, because nothing you said was helpful. And you really need to learn how to spell. I counted over 40 spelling mistakes. I know, not grammatical class, but, if you're going to preach about "smarts" you'd better be darn smart yourself. There are XP drivers. You need to goto the amd.com website and download the chipset drivers there. was that so hard?
Looks like the southbridge controller?
"SMBus Controller is the Southbridge if I'm not mistaken.
Here's the link for it: http://ati.amd.com/support/drivers/xp/integratedip-xp.html "
The Intel Chipset Driver Utilities
Do a google search on SMBUS CONTROLLER INTEL and you will be pointed to a Cdhip ID utility and then a ChipSet Installationutility. The latter will resolve the problem permanently. Good luck.
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