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Just Bought a new Lap Top...

I just bought a Lap Top (HP Pavilion Dv6636nr)...Specs are:
Amd Turion 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-58 1.9GHz
2Gb Ram
160GB HD
Nvidia Geforce 7150M
Windows Vista Home Premium

And I am not too satisfied with the performance of Windows Vista, So I was wondering If I should Downgrade it to Windows XP....I'm pretty sure the performance would improve drastically with XP...but I was wondering, Should I..?...Does anyone recommend this, IF SO...WHAT WILL I NEED???

I appreciate your help...Thanx in advanced...

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A lot of people are doing it. . .

Vista is still broken.

You'll need a full copy of XP, the upgrade might work. You'll also need all the drivers for your video, audio, NIC, wireless card, modem, etc. You'll need to get these at the HP site as XP does not have them. You'll need to boot from the XP CD then format the drive and install XP. The laptop may have a recovery partition that will contain the recovery programs for Vista. You can leave it alone or delete it, your choice. If you leave it you can revert back to Vista.

It'll cost you a few bucks for the XP CD but it'll be worth it.

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Over in our Vista forum

Are discussions about installing XP and tips about getting a little more from Vista.


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My Chat With HP

Harold: Hello Joshua
Harold: Welcome to HP Total Care for Pavilion Notebooks.This is Harold. How may I help you today?
Joshua : Hi I have an HP Pavilion dv6636nr Laptop Computer. I want to know about the Windows Vista Downgrade to XP
Harold: Thank you for the information provided.
Harold: Do Not Downgrade to Windows XP and Restoring Windows Vista
Harold: Please copy the entire URL and paste it in a new window of Internet Explorer. Then open the link from there.
Harold: Please refer the above weblink
Joshua : So Hp will not provide drivers?
Joshua : Hello?
Harold: Yes, I am online
Harold: Joshua, if you still want to install XP after going through the weblink information I can goahead and provide you the drivers.
Joshua : I would like that very much
Harold: Let me know the model name and the processor of your notebook
Joshua : Pavilion dv6636nr
Harold: Is the processor Intel OR amd
Joshua : Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology TL-58
Joshua : 1.9
Harold: Thank you for confirming the same.
Harold: Here are the drivers for XP
Harold: 1. NVIDIA GeForce Series Video Driver for Windows XP..
Harold: 2. NVIDIA nForce Chipset Driver and Network Controller for Windows XP.
Note: This package provides the driver for the NVIDIA nForce Chipset and Network Controller
Harold: 3. UAA drivers to enable the audio hardware for Windows XP.
Note: It is strongly recomended to install ths driver before you install the audio driver. If you do not install this driver the audio will not work.
Harold: 4. Conexant High Definition Audio Driver for Windows XP.
Harold: 5. Conexant HDAUDIO Soft Data Fax Modem driver for windows XP.
Harold: 6.Broadcom Wireless LAN Driver for Windows XP.
Harold: 7. HP Quick Launch Buttons for Windows XP.
Harold: 8. Ricoh 5-in-1 Card Reader Driver for Windows XP.
Harold: 9.Software and Drivers for HP Integrated Module with Bluetooth Wireless for Windows XP.
Harold: 10.HP Pavilion Webcam Driver for Windows XP.
Harold: Please copy the entire URL and paste it in a new window of Internet Explorer. Then open the link from there.
Harold: For your convenience, I would send this chat transcript to your e-mail address after we finish the chat. Once you receive it, you may then follow the steps mentioned in the transcript.

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No Luck

Thanks , But I still have No Sound running XP... any other suggestions?

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Can you share your conversation with HP and

Detail the drivers, the order you used them in?

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No luck?

Did you install service pack 3? I am not recommending it, but I have seemed to have problems with onboard sound and service pack 3. Not been able to confirm this yet but it has happened on 3 AMD computers I built.

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Whole thread took place before the release of service pack 3. : )

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pcmike5982 is right

The OP started the post in Nov. 2007 before SP3 released so he didn't say his sound problem.

DeepSix1963 said his had no sound in Mar. 2008, after SP3 released.

I had a very old laptop pre-installed with xp. recently, I reinstalled the OS with sp3 then after installing the drivers there was no sound. It took me a while to figure it out so I reinstalled the OS again and installing the drivers first before installing sp3, it worked , I got sound back.

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sound drivers for XP

Im having the same problem with my Amilo L7320.Where did you download the drivers from?? I went to the Fujitsu support site and the model was not shown on the product support list so I didnt attempt to load any other drivers as I dont know which would work.

I had exchanged an old laptop for a newer version and had to replace the HD due to failure.The engineer installed a new OS with XPSP3 and when it was done he warned me that some sound drivers were missing.
Im not sure what to do now as Ive not got the system disks nor have I got a recovery disk.This is the problem with used laptops!!

Any advice is very welcome.


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Read this discussion.
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If you just bought the laptop new

you should be eligible for the windows 7 free upgrade. Goto the HP page and go to the free winodws upgrade and it will ask you about serial and tell you if you are eligible. You will see XP support getting less and less after Windows 7 is released. You can also upgrade your memory to 3 or 4 gig for less then 50.

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Gateway Computer

This is a Gateway laptop, not HP.

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This discussion seems to be about a HP.

And it's from 2007.

Right or wrong, jumping into old discussions can confuse everyone. If you have a new discussion, start a new discussion.

-> But here's the point from above. Read that chat with HP and get that chat with Gateway.

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