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HP Pavilion 6700 Windows XP

We purchased an HP Pavilion 6700 laptop from Best Buy several weeks ago. It came with Windows Vista installed. We are unable to install and run some of our necessary software with Vista. We found the drivers on HP that should support Windows XP. But we still cannot get the wireless and non-wireless network cards to work. We are unable to join the laptop to our internal domain or access the internet. Are there additional drivers not readily provided by HP that are required?

Sarah Urig
Mega Solutions Group, Inc.

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  • sarahrmega Apr 09, 2008


    I had someone at the office follow your instructions above and here are the results:

    The operating system doc says that we have an Atheros Wireless Network Adapter onboard. That’s wrong. We installed the driver and utilities for the Atheros but it fails to associate with the hardware. The HP rep said that this laptop uses the Integrated Realtek (RT8201CL) NIC which supports a 10/100 Mb/s data transfer rate.

    A fellow through the HP forum says we should try the PCI-E drivers from Realtek. He claims they have worked for him on integrated adapters. I’m going to look into that next to see if I can find an XP driver that sounds close.

  • sarahrmega Apr 11, 2008

    I am sending my notes from the downgrade. The “recovery CD” notes are my notes of what files are saved on a recovery CD I made in case I ever have to do this again. Having a list of the filenames might be useful to you so I left them in.

    Driver Recovery CD Instructions and Starting from Scratch Instructions.

    This comes largely from
    with my notes included.

    Downgrading Hewlett Packard dv6000 Series from Vista to XP Pro x32

    HP dv6736nr with AMD Turion 64 and Nvidia Chipset

    1. Chipset Drivers

    First install Nvidia Chipset Drivers, install first and reboot. If offered, choose the option to install ONLY the drivers. Drivers from -

    Note: CPU-Z says the chipset is nForce 560. Use instead the nForce 630a drivers from the above link.

    Recovery CD: Use 14.10_nforce_630a_winxp_english_whql.exe.

    2. Nvidia Video Drivers-Next install Video Drivers from here - You want the 15655.exe.

    Recovery CD: Use the Setup.exe from the folder 156.55 in the Video Drivers folder.
    3. Wireless Drivers-Next install the Wireless drivers, select DRIVERS ONLY when installing. Drivers from here -

    The Atheros drivers worked for me. Recovery CD: Use the setup.exe found in Atheros Drivers/AR5007_XP/WMIa-167G_Windows_Driver_5.3.0.45/Install CD.

    4. Windows Updates. Next go to Windows Updates and install all the main updates only (90) when I did it.

    5. Audio Drivers This one is tricky it’s a 2 stage process. First you need Microsoft UAA (Universal Audio Architecture) drivers from here -

    Download and Install Recovery CD: Use sp33867.exe.

    Note: I found that the new hardware dialog pops up so I left it open and used the steps below to install the drivers.

    Next you need Conextant Audio Drivers from here - You cannot install this the normal way you have to use Device Manager as follows: Unzip to a folder of your choice - remember where - then go to Start > Control Panel > System > Hardware > Device Manager.
    Look down the list for "Audio Device on HD Bus", right click on it and select "update driver", When it asks to go on line to find a driver - NO Select "Install from a list or specific location", and "Don't search I will choose the driver to install"
    In the list of common hardware types, scroll down and select Sound, Video, and Game controllers.
    Remove the check from "Show Compatible Hardware" and click on "Have Disk".
    Next...browse to the Driver Folder you unzipped and click on "WiSVHe5.inf" file. Ignore XPs complaint and select "Install Anyway"

    Recovery CD: Use Conextant Drivers/ConexantHDAudio_221_XP/XP32/WiSVHe5.inf.

    Thanks again for your help.

    Richard Leimbach




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Richard, your fix to the audio problem for the conexant 221 worked great. Life saver being a college student and all- thanks for the help``

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I have a HP 6700. I formatted and installed Server 2003 and was happy but was not able to find sound drivers. HP had me to reinstall vista via recovery disc; but now the machine will not stop rebooting ! I have usd the recovery disc twice over one week period and the only way it operates 'normally' is under Safe Mode with Networking. I used Saundra Lite and noticed that the 80 gig hard drive is partitioned, only 24 gigs are recognized. I am able to format the other 50 gigs via device manager but when I reboot the newly formed partition disappears....please help..

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Hi sarahrmega

At another computer, please, go HERE and download Belarc Advisor pc audit utility. This utility will audit your pc's hardware and software.

You may want to also go HERE and download CPU-Z (another pc audit utility (it will only audit hardware)).

Now, "sneakernet" those downloads over to the Pavilion 6700 and install/run them.

Post back here w/ the chipset that is identified for your motherboard and any other information relevant to your integrated (built-in) wired and wireless NICs.

This will, hopefully, lead us to where we might be able to find XP drivers for your integrated hardware.

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    Hello sarahrmega

    For my own edification, which one of the PC audit utilities incorrectly identified your integrated NIC?
    Belarc Advisor or CPU-Z? Did you try them both w/ the same results?

    I'm sorry it didn't identify the hardware properly for you. I usually have really good luck w/ these utilities. It may have something to do w/ (in fact, I suspect it does) running the utility from w/in the new operating system. That's the danger of "letting the fox in the hen house". The cleaner way of identifying hardware is to exclude the operating system from the process. Unfortunately, those utilities are harder to find and more difficult for the average user to run and to interpret.

    You are more than welcome to post another Problem related to this issue and we'll pick up where you are w/ it now. Otherwise, good luck to you. You're very resourceful. I'm sure you'll do fine.

    I would be interested in learning if you were able to find XP drivers for that integrated NIC, though.

    If you don't mind, would you send me an email ( and let me know?

    Thank you (and thank you for using FixYa!)
    BJ @:)

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    B Joan Rapier Apr 11, 2008

    Thank you for doing that, Richard. (posting your notes and links) That was very thoughtful of you.

    I'm sure it will help others who come along later.

    BJ @:)


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Hi sarah

vista has still so many problems regarding compatibility issues. howevr, there are already many fixes to that problem.

if you go to HP website, im sure youll find out there what your looking for.

btw, about your questions, there are no extra drivers required . those drivers are pre-loaded already in vista. what you want to look for are drivers that are vista capable to your wifi card.

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