I downgraded from Vista and now no drivers

By kimmykannibalx
May 18, 2008
  1. Okay i have a Compaq-Presario GS341AA-ABU SG3100UK
    i have vista home
    and i downgraded to windows xp
    i now have no drivers. i tryed updating but no luck
    i cant go back to vista its makes me go mental

    I have got temporary internet
    i have wireless its my brothers so he wants it back
    please can someone help even if they only tell me about the ports for ethernet cables!

    please tell me what i can do any help would be good (y)
  2. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 783

  3. kimmykannibalx

    kimmykannibalx TS Rookie Topic Starter

    is there anything else i can do
    cos i updated my system specs.
    most my things didnt show up cause of the downgrade i really dont want to go back to vista :(
  4. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 783

    It could be nice if you tell us your system specification from Belarc, Belarc will tell you everything, and you can tell us everything regarding what Belarc says.
  5. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    It might be eaiser to wipe the drive and start over with XP. I'm pretty sure there will be XP drivers for your machine because HP/Compaq didn't make the chipset, but you'd have a real expensive problem getting XP versions of all the software that came preinstalled on your machine, but the extra expense would all depend on if you even used any of the preinstalled software. If your machine had Office on it and you wanted to continue using that program you'd probably need to buy the XP version of Office. The simple truth is I don't know what software you had on the machine, and if you'd have to get a new version of Office to continue using Office.

    I do know that most of the software that comes preinstalled on a computer can be easily replaced with freeware. Open Office is an excellent alternative to Office and is freeware.
  6. irish

    irish TS Rookie

    I am also having the same problem with my mums computer, i downgraded to Xp from vista but cannot connect up to the internet, I installed the above drivers and they helped, thanks :approve:
    I have run the Belarc scan on the computer and these are the results:

    Operating System
    Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (build 2600)

    3.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium D
    16 kilobyte primary memory cache
    2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache

    160.04 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    151.33 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

    HL-DT-ST DVD-RW GSA-H60L [CD-ROM drive]

    Generic USB CF Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 2
    GENERIC USB DISK DEVICE USB Device (123 MB) -- drive 5
    Generic USB MS Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 4
    Generic USB SD Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 1
    Generic USB xD/SM Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 3
    ST3160815AS [Hard drive] (160.04 GB) -- drive 0

    Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 27DF
    Intel(R) 82801GB/GR/GH (ICH7 Family) Serial ATA Storage Controller - 27C0
    Primary IDE Channel [Controller] (2x)
    Secondary IDE Channel [Controller] (2x)

    Bus Adapters
    Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB Universal Host Controller - 27C8
    Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB Universal Host Controller - 27C9
    Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB Universal Host Controller - 27CA
    Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB Universal Host Controller - 27CB
    Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 27CC

    None detected
    Network Card MAC Address: 00:00:00:00:00:00

    System Model
    Compaq-Presario GS341AA-ABU SG3100UK
    System Serial Number: CNX73900LC
    Enclosure Type: Desktop

    Main Circuit Board
    Board: ECS Livermore8 1.0
    Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
    BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 5.18 08/24/2007

    Memory Modules
    504 Megabytes Installed Memory

    Slot 'DIMM0' has 512 MB (serial number Ser0)
    Slot 'DIMM1' is Empty

    Local Drive Volumes
    c: (NTFS on drive 0) 152.83 GB 150.37 GB free
    h: (NTFS on drive 0) 7.21 GB 954 MB free

    Network Drives
    None detected

    None detected

    Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family [Display adapter]
    Default Monitor

    Realtek High Definition Audio

    Other Devices
    Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
    Microsoft PS/2 Mouse
    USB Mass Storage Device (2x)
    USB Root Hub (5x)

    Any help you could give me would be most appreciated.
  7. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    Two Approaches
    1. You could download a list of all the software and drivers for your machine from the hp support web site. Only problem, these are for the original Vista machine. But at least you now have a list of items to be addressed. For each, find the XP version from the mfr or hp would offer the driver download on one of their XP machines.

    2. Use this info I found on HP web site: Changing the Operating System from Windows Vista to Windows XP
  8. irish

    irish TS Rookie

    Thanks for the help, think I have found the Ethernet driver now,
    Hopefully when this is installed I'll just be able to update the remaining drivers through via the internet on the other machine.
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