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Hardware + Driver Problems

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#1 .Ross


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Posted 18 June 2009 - 07:58 PM

So my HP Laptop I purchased about a year ago had encountered some error while I was installing Sabayon Linux after creating the partition, etc. It was working until I hadn't realized I overwrote both the original Vista partition and the partition I created for Sabayon.

Well then I switched to a Beta version of Windows 7 and to my suprise it actually worked wonderfully, and my laptop was running perfectly. Unfortunately a few things I used often were not supported so I grabbed a copy of XP and was just going to start over with XP.

Unfortunately when I installed and booted XP, it could not detect any of the hardware, ie: graphics card, network card, etc.

So my question is; what do I do to get XP to function properly, as in how do I get my graphics card and network card detected? To my knowledge I have an nVidia but because it's not detected I do not know the model, and I have no clue what my network card is.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


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Posted 18 June 2009 - 08:28 PM

what is the make and model of the laptop? you can try searching, for example, ASUS's website for an ASUS laptop. If you can not find drivers there, try a windows update (select custom and then hardware tab)

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#3 .Ross

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 09:29 PM

The problem is that the Vista and XP won't let me connect to the internet to update.

I reinstalled Windows 7 and again it fixed everything, however I still would like to be able to use XP.

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 11:22 AM

If you are going to install XP after installing Windows 7...the best answer I can give is...don't.

Install XP first (since it is the older O/S), then install Windows 7.

The reason for this is the way that the two different bootloaders interact. Windows 7 uses the Vista bootloader.

There are suggested procedures for installing XP after Win 7...but (IMO) it's easier to just do them in the recommended order.




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