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Installing Windows XP on dv6 ?

Discussion in 'HP & Compaq' started by EQuaLiZeR`, Jun 17, 2009.

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  1. EQuaLiZeR`

    EQuaLiZeR` Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi,
    I have an HP Pavilion dv6 1125ee that comes with windows vista,
    I want to install XP on it but some people told me it's imposible because dv6 doesn't have xp drivers ??!:confused:
    If there is anyway i can install XP on it with all drivers I would be thankful if u post it here .
     
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    No One ? :(
     
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    Is there a specific reason you need to install XP? Vista works just fine for me.

    HP doesn't support the dv6 with windows XP so if you want to install it you will have to source (find) the individual device drivers for the components in your dv6 from the various manufacturers like realtek, broadcom etc.
     
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    Better yet, install Windows 7, which is much much faster than Windows Vista, will work till late 2010, and has most of the drivers automatically installed, for the missing drivers, you can simply install the vista drivers they work fine on Win 7.

    You can get a free genuice Win 7 product key by just having a LIVe / Hotmail / MSN email ID
     
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    windows 7 is not a solution for me
    ...............:(
     
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    to run games and other applications better
    but even my vga card hasn't a driver on XP
    Ati Raedon 4650 HD 1GB
    I WOULD DO ANYTHING EVEN IF IT'S HARD OR TAKES TIME I JUST WANT XP :(
     
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    I bet all your apps would run equally well on Vista. I would even bet they all work BETTER on Vista.

    Is there anything except your mind that forces you to xp? any real reason?

    If not, change your mind. And, if you get problems in Vista, we can help you.
     
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    Welcome to XP support. Do not be ashamed. Please disregard any of the Vista sheep, especially ones who would suggest that there is no real reason to want to install XP, and that it is all in your head. Please also do not take any pills given to you, or submit to any injections. If they strap you down, just holler out and we will come get you. (getting ridiculous around here lately). i would recommend Windows 7 at this point in time, but if that's not going to work for you XP is warm and willing.

    XP is still the dominating OS, and will still be the dominating OS long after Vista has gone the way of WinME. Anyway, enough of that, this thread is entitled installing windows XP on DV6 and yes it can be done, solidly, and although I can't make a easy to follow list of driver links for every HP machine out there, I can tell you how to quickly go about the process on your own, and offer my assistance to you freely.

    DID I MENTION DIVING IN YOURSELF IS THE BEST WAY TO LEARN THIS STUFF ANYWAY.

    The first step would be getting a installable copy of an XP boot disc, and HERE is a general guide for making a boot disc, in a process called slipstreaming, with the proper drivers built into it, that allow XP to start up on newer machines. And let's not forget, that link takes you to yet another thread, full of people(some may say with brain damage, who desire to not be forced to use vista, but would rather go through the work of getting XP to work in spite of all the forces against it)

    (REMEMBER, IN AN EFFORT TO PUSH VISTA FORWARD AND TRY TO PUSH XP DOWN OUT OF THE MAINSTREAM CHOICES FOR CONSUMERS LIKE YOURSELF, SUPPORT FOR BASIC NEWER COMPONENTS, LIKE STANDARD CHIPSETS WERE NOT PURSUED, AND XP STILL SOLDIERS ON DESPITE SUCH MISCHIEF)

    Now, after creating this bootable installation disc, you are going to want to make a list of all your "MAIN" devices and their information.

    Main Devices
    1. Video Card
    2. Sound Card
    3. Ethernet/ LAN controller
    4. Wireless Controller
    5. Chipset

    These are the main devices that you should probably have drivers for, ready to go before you actually format a drive and begin the installation. These are the drivers that if you couldn't find, you would be in trouble, so finding them now should be reassuring to you.

    Goto the device manager(many ways to get there, you can always click the windows orb / start menu, and in the search bar (lower left) just type "device manager"

    All devices are grouped by category.
    Open any category to see the devices within it. For instance sound controllers, and you will see the various sound devices. If you have HDMI you will see one for that, but you should see one "main" sound device. Double click on any device and another window opens telling you about it. Select the details tab, and you will then see a property selector, and a value window. Just select hardware ID's in the property selector, and the value window will show you the details of that device, as it identifies itself to your OS. The drivers you need, will be written for this value. Specifically the Vendor ID and Device ID. The rest of it, really doesn't matter.

    So to find any driver, just get the Hardware IDs value of the device, and highlight the lower of the values in the window(usually the smallest is on the bottom) Press CTR and C to copy the value, then in google press CTR and V to paste that value into the search entry window.

    You're almost there. You will want to clean this up. They organize this value by a standardized method of the letters - usually VEN for vendor id, and DEV for device id. Here is an example of my sound card.

    to search for this as effectively as possible, you want to remove any non essential information. So remove anything before the VEN and anything after the value associated with the DEV_ in this case 76B2.

    Then add any information that may help your search, specifically "XP" to start with, and perhaps if you get alot of responses, you could add "HP" to the search to narrow down the results.

    In my example you would be searching for

    In this way you can quickly round up the "MAIN" drivers needed for your laptop. I say main, because the other stuff in my opinion, is what I consider "accessories" (you can function temporarily without things like the fingerprint reader, but not a decent video driver, for example)

    Now it's alot easier for your Video driver and Chipset. Looking in the device manager, you will easily just see what the video card is you have, and you can just download in most cases the driver for it directly from NVIDIA, or ATI/AMD. (there are exceptions to this, but that is the rule) And as far as your chipset goes, you will want to do basically the same thing, by clicking on "system devices" and when that opens up, looking for Intel(R) ICH9 or ICH8 something similar to identify what chipset you have. There will be multiple entries of the same chipset value, so you won't miss it.

    YOU WILL NEED TO KNOW THIS WHEN MAKING THE BOOT DISK SO THAT YOU PUT THE APPROPRIATE DRIVER INTO THE BOOT DISK FOR YOUR LAPTOP. (IT'S ALL EXPLAINED WELL IN THE THREAD MENTIONED ABOVE).

    This should get you started. Grab all the "main" drivers and assemble them into a folder on a disc, that will not be formatted. Make your boot disc. Then when you go to install windows, have a drive free to be partitioned and formatted, (i recommend at least 20GB for an XP OS partition, and 40GB for Vista/Win7) If you need help with the partitioning, let me know.

    Many are here to help. XP is still better in many ways. Don't believe the hype.
     
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