Updating drivers for an Acer, simple & free - how?

Acer Aspire 5100 XP

I had to do a clean install of XP Media Edition (from the Acer eRecovery factory backup) & now some gliches are appearing, notably in program control & start-up/standy. I've lost hibernate as an option altogether.

I did windowsupdate 3 times, reinstalled all my usual firewalls, AV, etc. I have Advanced System Optimiser, which has cleaned it up beautifully, and almost feels like it used too. Still has no hibernate tho!

Is there a clean free app or site that will assess my driver needs, and go get them without charge? Thanks for any help you can offer.

Computer Type: Advanced Micro Devices800 MHz.
BIOS: AT/AT COMPATIBLE Date: 11/27/06
Memory: Total physical: 1534 MB. Used: 50%
Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon X1300
Mouse: Synaptics PS/2 Port TouchPad
Keyboard: HID Keyboard Device
Drives: 22 GB total free 368 GB total size in 3 drives
Windows name and version: Multiprocessor Free (5. 1. 2600)
IE version: 8. 0. 6001. 18702
DirectX Version: Unknow or Newer then DirectX 9. 0c (4. 09. 00. 0904)

geek_swap.w.h.y, Mar 27, 5:32 pm

I would have thought the Acer website...

geek_gibler, Mar 27, 5:36 pm

Been there, grabbed all I could eat. Got the latest ones as far as I can work out, but the shutdown menu remains archaic. There is no "Acer is now scanning your system" flash app tho, I have to work out what I need, and I'm no expert. I can't see a complete pack of all 2010 updates either.

Either that, or I'm blind.

geek_swap.w.h.y, Mar 27, 5:41 pm

too easy, . .

geek_kevin16, Mar 27, 5:41 pm

Bugger... .

geek_swap.w.h.y, Mar 27, 5:46 pm

Does this look like part of the solution for hibernate at least?

Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Po-
...
Right-click Windows, point to New, and then click Key.
In the New Key #1 box, type System, and then press ENTER.
Right-click System, point to New, and then click Key.
In the New Key #1 box, type Shutdown, and then press ENTER.
On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
In the New Value # 1 box, type ShowHibernateButton, and then press ENTER.
Right-click ShowHibernateButton, and then click Modify.
In the Value data box, type 1, leave the default Hexadecimal option selected, and then click OK

geek_swap.w.h.y, Mar 27, 6:22 pm