Hi again everyone!
Here is my Speccy Link: http://speccy.piriform.com/results/va5C2XDtpnJmZCBxuaP2gSh
That's a cool little ap.
So I'm going to start over.
My system has two hard drives (in two hard drive bays), both SATA. Windows 7 is installed on the smaller drive. I want to mount a third drive & reformat to keep as a spare (I may use acronis Migrate Easy to clone the operating system drive onto the spare). If I pull either drive out and install the spare drive, the system won't boot. Either it tries to load Vista (which is on the spare drive), or it boots to a black screen, or it tells me operating system files are missing. I have not yet tried booting with only one drive installed (and by now I am confused as to which drive bay it would need to be in -- the bay location sets the primary/secondary status, right?).
I have no rescue discs, and would need to get the installation discs from my sister. Windows 7 is not officially supported for DV9000z by HP. However, many people have upgraded this model series to Windows 7. There are a few drivers you need to install on your own and other instructions in HP's support forum at http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Operating-systems-and/Windows-7-Upgrade-Guide-for-dv6000-dv9000-models/td-p/17981
I have everything functioning in Windows 7 except for two problems (any insight on these would be greatly appreciated!).
1) The system is an HP Pavillion Entertainment PC and as such, shipped with a small remote control. HP Part No. HSTNN-PRO7 RC6. It communicates via an IR receiver on the fronto of the laptop. I have not been able to get it to work at all (and yes, I tried changing the remote's battery.) I have followed a number of people suggestions regarding installing HP QuickPlay & QuickLaunch to no effect. This isn't important, but would be interesting to fix. I don't see anything in device manager that refers to the remote or IR receiver, and the section on IR Receiver in "System Information" is blank.
2) Wireless is killing me. Any time the unit comes out of sleep mode, the wireless connection says "no internet access", and loses the ability to connect to the net. There is no "repair" option in Windows 7, and disabling/enabling the wireless card does not fix it, nor does disconnecting & reconnecting (often (not sure if I should say "always") after disconnecting it WON'T reconnect at all). The only fix I have found is powering down and restarting. This is a MAJOR headache.
Edited by DrJoe1, 31 October 2011 - 10:12 AM.