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Windows Vista HP Desktop retrograde install of Windows XP

THIS TASK WAS PRETTY SIMPLE AND NO REGISTRY TWEAKING WAS NEEDED!

THIS PAGE DESCRIBES THE PROCESS FOR MY PARTICULAR PC / GRAPHICS CARD / PERIPHERAL COMBINATION IT MIGHT NOT BE THE SAME FOR YOU!!!!

Motherboard manufacturer's name: Asus M2N68-LA came up with HP/Compaq name: Narra-GL8E

I though my efforts were worth documenting..... google and google images helped a lot!

WHERE I STARTED: April 2008 New HP Desktop installed with Vista and a Vista recovery partition on the hard disk BUT no drivers on CD or otherwise......................

#1 Simply Installed XP Pro over the Vista main partition (with a bootable Windows XP Pro install, BIOS set to boot CD first!) left the small VISTA recovery partition untouched ( for later merging with Partition Magic) as the remaining 480+ GB on the huge SATA Drive was more than enough

#2 Post XP Pro install............ Start > Settings > Control Panel > System > Hardware (tab) > Device Manager highlighted a number of missing system files leading to driver issues (visible as yellow question marks) .......

The AIDA32 application (download from MajorGeeks) also told me very little about the chipset

Everything appeared to 'sort of work' ( i.e. in basic mode) apart from the sound and the LAN connection....

Googling for xp "install on vista hp desktop" found lots of links ....

There were basically some missing system ( chipset) files which I sort of expected to find by googling for the motherboard model markings ( as it was an ASUS board) in conjunction with a listing of the PCs specification on the HP website, so............

#3 Took the back off the PC and read the markings on the motherboard, the ASUS chips were a big clue!!! Asus M2N68-LA confirmed ..... Downloaded the nearest chipset driver set from the marking from the ASUS website.... but not everything was resolved... I downloaded the ASUS M2N68 XP chipset drivers as the M2N68-LA was manufactured by ASUS for HP and is not supported by them so no drivers no nothing @HP.com!

If you can see the manufacturers names on the motherboard and/or the graphics cards you can find your driver sets.......! The PCI-E x16 graphics card was ASUS too!

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00906129&lc=en&cc=de&dlc=&product=3397528

..More googling identified a few threads in forums from people suffering the same issues... missing drivers!

#4 I thought I could work out the drivers needed for the GRAPHICS card, but there were no model marked on it.... simple googling failed then I look at google images for "ASUS graphics card hdmi hp pci-e" to find a photo of which card it was ... seemed to work... found a picture of the Asus EN7600GT HDMI PCI-E 256 MB

From this model info it was possible to find the XP drivers here @asus.com:
http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us

GO: Download > Graphic Card> EN7600 Series

Googling produced a thread called "Asus M2N68-LA Motherboard and PCI Realtek RTL8201N 10/100Mbps" on Major geeks... BINGO! LAN sorted : http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=156991

Also Gave Realtek audio Driver here:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/Realtek_High_Definition_Audio_for_2KXP03_d4902.html

Also NVidia 6150SE/nForce430 Chipset Driver here:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce_nf4_winxp32_8.26_11.09.html

Will update as we encounter and more issues ......WE DID NOT DOWNGRADE WITH ANY INTENTION OF BEING ABLE TO RESTORE THE ORIGINAL VISTA INSTALL AT A LATER STAGE!

Page updated: Saturday, September 6, 2008 Thanks to Corin Fiddaman for the use of his ( now XP Pro) HP PC in this adventure!

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