How Do I Update My Aspire 3000 Video Card?

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The Acer Aspire 3000 is a low-cost consumer notebook with an AMD Sempron processor and 15-inch display. 2D and 3D graphics are provided via an onboard video chip called the SiS Mirage 2. Like most notebook video adapters, the SiS Mirage 2 cannot be removed and upgraded. However, it is possible to install updated drivers which may provide increased performance in certain situations. Install the latest drivers for the video adapter in your Acer Aspire 3000 to obtain the best performance that your computer has to offer.

  • Browse to the Acer driver download website using the link in the "Resources" section of this article.

  • Use the navigation menus presented on the page by clicking "Notebook," "Aspire" and "Aspire 3000." This displays the downloads available for the Aspire 3000 running Windows XP. Acer does not provide drivers for the Aspire 3000 running Windows Vista or 7.

  • Click the orange download button next to "SiS VGA Driver." Save the resulting file to your desktop, then extract it to a folder.

  • Double-click "setup.exe" to begin, then follow the prompts onscreen. The driver installation is automatic.

  • Restart the computer when the installation is complete to begin using the new video driver.

Tips & Warnings

  • As of 2010, the most recent driver provided by Acer for the SiS Mirage 2 is version number 6.14.10.3654, dated March 1, 2005. The most recent driver for this video chipset available directly from SiS is version 6.14.10.3910, dated January 18, 2010.
  • To obtain this driver, browse to the SiS download page. Accept the terms and conditions, then use the menu system to browse to "Windows XP," "IGP Graphics Drivers" and "SiS66x/SiS76x & SiS67x." Click "Go" to download the driver. Before downloading, note that Acer is unlikely to support any issues that may occur when installing this driver, as they did not provide it.

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