How Can I Find Drivers for an Old Laptop?

Episode 1618 (35:30)

John from Ohio
 ACER Aspire

John's first computer was an ACER Aspire laptop. He wants to upgrade his operating system, but he isn't sure if it's 64 bit or 32 bit. Leo says that Intel was using 64-bit architecture long before everything moved from 32 bit, so he'll likely have it. But John is having trouble finding drivers. Leo says that companies that stop development often don't offer those drivers online, so many driver archives have sprung up. But often users don't get what they think they are getting. And Microsoft usually stops writing security updates for old computers, making them a security threat online.

For a computer that old, Leo recommends going with Linux. They are still being maintained. Leo recommends XUbuntu.