Solved HP Pavilion upgrade from Vista, cannot find drivers

January 16, 2015 at 04:22:10
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium x86
Hello Everyone,
I have an HP Pavilon a6248Xpc, and I recently updated to Windows 7 Home Premium x86. HP has the drivers for the system, but they are only for a Vista OS. The old drive that had Vista crashed, so I upgraded the HDD, and the OS. I had no problems installing the Windows updates, but I would like to get the other drivers. I am having difficulty staying online with the USB network adapter, and I believe updated drivers would help that situation. This is the second Wifi adapter that I have tried with this system, and it works properly on my other tower. There is also some serious lag going on with Windows, even though it is a fresh install. I tried to install some of the Vista x86 drivers that HP had to offer, but a message appears saying that my system is not compatible. If possible, I would greatly appreciate some help with this problem. Thank you for your time, and I am looking forward to a reply.

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January 16, 2015 at 14:50:30
Here's a link to the motherboard specs:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

Using the above, all you need to do is search out the drivers. All the model numbers are provided. The chipset is the NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430, so you'll find those drivers at the NVIDIA website. It's an old chipset so it will be listed under "legacy". If no Win7 drivers are available, get the Vista drivers.

The audio chip is the Realtek ALC888S, so you'll find that driver at the Realtek site. While you're there, get the network driver for the Realtek RTL8201N.



#1
January 16, 2015 at 05:56:13
Presumably you can't use ethernet either?

Do you know the actual wifi adapter (and ethernet adapter) within your HP?

Device Manager may show them.

If not then download and run Belarc Advisor which will scan the entire system and produce a detailed report on what is what; and it will list actual make/model of adapters...

Then you can search for the drivers via google (and or the actual website for each adapter itself).

http://www.belarc.com

This is one HP link for Windows-7 (64bit) drivers etc... (not entirely sue where it's located).

http://tinyurl.com/mmn6fa4

and this from USA is the 32bit link... Oddly they approach securing drivers etc. via a video...?

http://tinyurl.com/mzpcohg

Whereabouts are you located?


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January 16, 2015 at 12:59:41
Thank you for the reply. The PC does not have an internal wireless card, but I am using a wireless adapter. The problem that I am facing is that the PC was built with Vista as the OS. I have upgraded the HDD, and installed Windows 7 X86. The only driver that HP has available for this system running Windows 7 is a LightScribe driver, and I believe that is for customizing CD's. I did not have any problems installing Windows updates, but I just cant seem to find the hardware drivers. Thank you again for the response.

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#3
January 16, 2015 at 13:31:16
As I say... if you can determine the actual network adapters (as installed physically in the computer) you can then likely search for them specifically.

Belarc Advisor will cough up that information; as will the built-in Windows utility msinfo32:

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/syste...

HP do have a problem at times with updating or providing drivers for some of their kit; not the least wifi and ethernet adapters. However the drivers can often be located safely elsewhere (and I don't mean "useful/helpful sites that offer to scan/inspect your system to determine what you need..; avoid those like the plague whenever possible.) Different HP locations around the globe often have different levels of driver support too (don't ask why - easier to answer to "is there lyfe aphter death...?"). Depending on where you are and so on may depend on what's available "locally"; but a more global search via HP support areas may bring them up.

Which country are you in; where did you buy your HP?

Incidentally I'm presuming this is a laptop - or is it a desktop? The way HP (and some of the others too) designate their laptops and desktop/towers with similar product range names is konphusing at times...


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January 16, 2015 at 14:50:30
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Here's a link to the motherboard specs:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

Using the above, all you need to do is search out the drivers. All the model numbers are provided. The chipset is the NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430, so you'll find those drivers at the NVIDIA website. It's an old chipset so it will be listed under "legacy". If no Win7 drivers are available, get the Vista drivers.

The audio chip is the Realtek ALC888S, so you'll find that driver at the Realtek site. While you're there, get the network driver for the Realtek RTL8201N.


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#5
January 18, 2015 at 03:54:04
Thank you both for all of the help. The PC is performing much better.

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