I have HP dv6701au laptop. previously it was loaded with Vista, but now i have installed XP.
The problem is that i can't get the appropriate drivers for my laptop. i had already asked the same from HP customer care. Also i had found the drivers but the drivers can't really get loaded in the machine. only the sound driver is working. what to do.
the list of drivers i have is : sp32131 ( Realtek RTL8139/810x family fast Ethernet NIC Driver) sp33258 ( HP Quick Launch Button) sp33411 ( nVidia nForce Chipset Driver and Networking Controller) sp33537 ( nVidia GeForce Series Video Driver) sp33604 ( Ricoh 5-1 Card Reader Driver) sp33890 ( HD Audio Soft Data Fax modem with Smart PC) sp34152 ( Broadcom Wireless LAN Driver) sp34204 ( Conexant High Defination Audio) sp35444 ( Synaptics Touchpad ) sp32646 ( Microsoft UAA Bus Driver for HD Audio)
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Before downgrading from Windows Vista to Windows XP you should always confer with your computer's manufacturers website to look up your model and see if they support the downgrade. Often times the only way for you to downgrade is to have it done before receiving the computer, since a majority of the hardware on the laptop is made specifically for Vista and is not backwards compatible. Looking on the HP website, I see that they only offer a very limited number of Windows XP drivers for your system, which tells us that downgrading is not possible. I would recommend that you consider not downgrading but rather upgrading to Windows 7 as it is a much more stable and functional OS than its predecessor Windows Vista. You can even run Windows 7 in Windows XP compatibility mode so you can enjoy the benefits and upgrade of Windows 7 but still have the Windows XP feel and functionality. I will be writing a How-To/Tip on Windows XP Compatibility mode today so you can be on the lookout for more information on that.
(1) go to Hp.com - load load the necessary Xp drivers for your unit - burn them to cd - then aquire a replacement hdd - install Xp on that - install the required drivers and walla you have one hdd with vista and another with XP
Dear the drivers which u have for vista for eg LAN / SOUND/ CHIPSET they all are common for any operating system ur load...............so don't take tension install xp & load the drivers.........................Sameeraryan
Is the problem you are having that xp doesn't find the hard disk to install on? If so, then your laptop has a SATA harddrive and this is not supported by xp. a custom driver needs to be loaded for sata support, the setup program asks you to press a button in the begining of the setup to load this driver, unless your laptop has a diskette drive, this will be a little complex. let me know if this is the issue you have or how can I help you?