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Posted 05 May 2007 - 12:48 PM
Posted 05 May 2007 - 03:25 PM
Edited by oldf@rt, 05 May 2007 - 03:27 PM.
Posted 05 May 2007 - 10:18 PM
What laptop are you getting?
Interestingly, HP told me that there are no XP drivers (but I've read a post where they have been tracked down and I just found some on the HP site). I found that strange because this is an older model which must have come with XP before. Anyway, although the drivers for XP are available, XP itself is not.
It can be feasible to install win2000, IF all drivers for your laptop can be located. You stand a better chance of being able to locate XP drivers.
I couldn't find this info in the HP site, all I could find is that some models have "enhanced SATA support" (whatever that is...). I guess I'll have to find out when I get it.
If the drive in the new laptop is SATA
Thanks. I will make sure I do.
you must have a prepared driver disk and an external floppy before you try to do anything.
I am thinking that just swapping the hard drive might be best - if the installation goes awry, I'll still have the
You can buy an additional hard drive, and set the original aside for storage. There are very few actual drive failures on new drives, my personal numbers are less than ten in thousands of new drives.
Edited by tekchallenged, 05 May 2007 - 10:18 PM.
Posted 06 May 2007 - 12:51 AM
Posted 06 May 2007 - 02:09 AM
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Posted 06 May 2007 - 01:59 PM
It's pretty pointless getting a new computer that won't work. I think I'll just forget it - I have no idea what drivers are and I don't know how likely it is that I'll be able to get them. Thanks for your help.
Since the machine is new, you can probably find all the drivers for XP, 2000 may be more difficult. when you get the laptop in, make the restore dvds then look in the device manager for an exact list of all hardware. then you can throw caution to the winds, install 2000 and see what is not on the disk and play driver hunt.
Posted 06 May 2007 - 06:02 PM
Posted 06 May 2007 - 06:25 PM
Posted 06 May 2007 - 08:46 PM
Yes , and there seem to be other forums and sites devoted to tracking down drivers. But I don't understand enough about them to know how likely it is that I'll not be able to work the computer at all. If you can't find a specific driver, might a similar one work, or is it "all or nothing"? If the latter, I'd rather not get stuck with a new computer that I can't use. I'll try and find one second hand that will have drivers.
If you still want to change the os, we will be glad to help you with drivers. Once you have the device manager listing we can find out right away about any problems with drivers that could happen.
Posted 06 May 2007 - 10:25 PM
Edited by oldf@rt, 06 May 2007 - 10:27 PM.
Posted 06 May 2007 - 10:28 PM
Edited by oldf@rt, 06 May 2007 - 10:28 PM.
Posted 06 May 2007 - 10:34 PM
Posted 06 May 2007 - 11:06 PM
1. device manager to get list of all devices.
Posted 07 May 2007 - 12:24 AM
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