I’m looking for a source for the SATA HDD/SSD cable for the A315-41 model ACER laptop and any advice on installing Windows 7 on this native Win 10 malware laptop.
(ACER sells this model in Europe with an added HDD but I’ve not seen any US versions that do and they do not include the SATA cable unless they add a HDD/SDD – and there is a connector on the system board.)
I’ve updated the BIOS/UEFI to the current version 1.08 – there is no Legacy mode - only UEFI and I have installed Windows 7 in UEFI mode and aided USB 3.0 drivers but I’m still getting a “Windows failed to load” error/driver issue.
afaik Windows 7 will not work all that well, if at all, with the Ryzen 5 2500u as Microsoft has basically dropped any new CPU support on win7 for quite some time now.
Sourcing a sata cable might be a bit difficult. You can try contacting acer directly, but I highly doubt they’ll give or sell you one. Best bet is probably to try to find a service manual and figure out the part number to purchase on eBay(if they are even on ebay, that is).
I believe I know what kind of sata cable you are looking for but I’m not sure what they are called or where to get them. They are included with a asrock deskmini 110. I think this might be the same thing:
Verify that connector. I will look at the ones I have at work to see if I can track down a part number.
As for windows 7, its not worth it. Once its up to date it will send the same information off to microshaft as 10 does, while simultaneously giving you no options to turn it down to a minimum. Some were able to get the 1000 series desktop parts working with 7 but if you’ve already given it the USB3 drivers and it doesnt work then you’re likely SOL. There just isnt any option for drivers.
Theres a couple things you can do to windows 10 to make it a more windows 7 like experience though…
For starters you can get rid of that terrible start menu in favor of one more 7 like with open shell.
You can quickly and easily disable the ‘features’ of 10 with shutup10 or alternatively you can do mostly the same stuff via PowerShell Scripts. The powershell scripts are my preferred method but they are aging and lack some updates for the current version of 10.
While I’m not a big fan of 10 myself, its miles better than trying to get a working 7 install on modern hardware. If you’re still not keen on the idea of windows 10 I would suggest linux mint.
I wish they used a connector like the one you mentioned - It’s keyed so it can’t be connected wrong and can only come loose one way - as opposed to the non-keyed ribbon cable they used.
As to Windows 10 - the problem is drivers - as ACER will not supply drivers for Windows 7 because Microsoft does not want anyone to use Windows 7 on new hardware – drivers that happen to be for hardware that existed prior to Ryzen (LAN Controllers, Audio & USB, etc.) and does have Windows 7 drivers - you just have to find them! I have two desktops with Ryzen 1st and 2nd gen CPU’s that are both running Windows 7 (with updates enabled!)