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Reload the system with a disk,
You may have corrupted some files or your hard drive may have some errors, so installing it may work temporarily.
Look on the bottom of your laptop, look for a Windows COA
it will tell you your windows version e.g. Vista / 7
Maybe someone you know will have the correct disk to reinstall the system
You need to download the drivers from the Compaq/HP WEB support/download page. Make sure you select your model laptop and the XP or Vista Windows version of the drivers you require and install them. Click on this link to download the drivers: - http://welcome.hp.com/country/au/en/cs/support.html
You need to download the drivers from the Compaq/HP WEB support/download page. Make sure you select your model laptop and the XP or Vista Windows version of the drivers you require and install them. Click on this link to download the drivers: - www.hp.com/#Support
If you are using Windows vista home basic or any lower version like windows XP, you need a decoder. Your options are 1: buy a decoder pack. (Search DVD Decoder pack on google or bing and you will get may options). 2. Download and install a DVD player software like cyberlink powerDVD, However once after getting everything to work, you may need to change from trial version to a full function version.
Go to the HP support for this PC at http://welcome.hp.com/country/us/en/support.html and search for your laptop. Here you can download the USB drivers or any updated drivers that you may need. If still no dice, then uninstall the USB driver, restart and try loading it again from the download.
I'd be very careful about putting Vista on an old laptop - Vista uses masses and masses of resources and your processor might not be capable of coping even with a memory upgrade. The following site will answer all of your questions and can also check if your computer can cope with Vista.