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Reinstalling windows on a Compaq Presario V2000

by Vlad253 / May 28, 2009 3:22 PM PDT

Hi, I have a compaq presario v2000 and it has many problems. I think it has a few viruses and things like that. It currently has Windows xp home and i was going to upgrade to Windows xp pro. The question i have is if I need to install drivers when i reinstall (lost the driver cd). I was wondering if it will even display anything, if it needs some display driver or something. Should i make a cd with all the drivers on it, Where can i get these drivers?? Or after i reinstall can i go on the internet or something and get it straight from there?? I am just worried that if I reinstall and dont get the correct drivers my computer wont work at all

any advice or help??

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Drivers are at the HP/Compaq site . . .
by Coryphaeus / May 28, 2009 10:00 PM PDT

Go into Device Manager and write down all the devices such as video adapter, audio, network card(s), etc. Then go here:

and input the machine specifics, then get the drivers and burn to a CD. Upon installing XP you will get a basic screen with no sound. Install the drivers you downloaded and you should be good to go. Since you say you're infected, DO NOT do an "over the top" install, or upgrade. Do a full format and clean install.


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Just finished working on a v2030us
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 28, 2009 10:16 PM PDT

The v2000 is a line with 60 or more models. The really cool thing about every v2000 I encountered is that it was old school install with the bare Microsoft OS and then drivers for motherboard, video, etc.

HOWEVER there is a known issue of the machine crashing and I have removed many wifi modules from this line over the years. The REALLY HARD PART is that owners sometimes what the module replaced (it only fails again) or think a driver will fix it. One fellow didn't believe and found another shop. Some 500 bucks later is the end of that story.

So there it is. Yes, use XP Pro SP2 or later CDs (hint hint) and then the drivers just like you do for any Windows install.

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