HP G60 445DX – How to downgrade to XP

Jul 15

The  HPG60-445dx it’s a very nice simple laptop. You will be surprise how a very inexpensive laptop can have so much power. Well all depends how you set up your system.

I got this laptop on BestBuy for $549. It comes with Vista 32bit (only have 3gb of ram). Well right of the box I went and upgrade to 4gb, and after making the recovering cd’s I downgraded to XP32bit.

As we know XP 32 only see max of 3.2g of ram. Well 512mb are assign to the Nvidia 8200 Graphics card. That leave XP with 2.8gb of ram. I installed a RamDisk on VSuite Free edition and created a RamDisk for the remaining memory. Once the RamDisk is created, assign a letter to it and finally go to System Properties and move your page file to that drive. Make sure you delete the other page file from the other drive in the System Properties. You will need to reboot your computer to these changes to take effect.

Now XP have to access to the swap file a lot faster, plus it save battery power as the PC don’t have to access the HD all the time for file swapping.

If you want to downgrade to XP, here are the steps and the drivers I use. If you have any problem let me know on the Forums, and I’ll be more than happy to try to help you.

  1. Make restorations CD’s for Vista
  2. Install Windows XP with SP2 or SP3
  3. Nforce Drivers 15.26
  4. Gforce Drivers 8200m
  5. MS-UAA
  6. Wireless Drivers Atheros-Ar5009 (sp39403)
  7. nvidia hdmi audio drivers
  8. conexant audio drivers 221_XP
  9. moden drivers ( sp33839 )
  10. touchpad Synaptics Drivers

47 comments

  1. Thank you for posting the drivers for this laptop. It was a great help. The audio driver did not work however. I was wondering if you know of an updated driver ? Thanks in advance.

  2. The audio drivers were very tricky. You need to make sure that when you install the MS-UAA, and reboot the system for they to install correctly. If you go to Device Manager under System Devices, you should be able to see them installed as Microsoft UAA Bus Driver. After they are installed, then install the Nvidia Driver. I’m pretty sure that’s how I got then to work. Let me know if that help.

  3. JULIO /

    Thank you for this post,
    -I would like to know if Mr. Vazquez solved the audio problem.

    -Did you formatted the entire HD or you left the recovery partition intact?

    -Is Everything working fine with xp?

    -Which software provides the battery modes utility?

  4. JULIO /

    Hi, great post.
    Did you manually assign the 512 mb for video?, because in my notebook I see that there is 256 dedicated.

  5. Julio,
    I formatted the whole drive after I made the Restoration CD’s. Make sure you have those in a safe place please!!!!
    The video you have to adjust in the BIOS settings. I set my to 512MB, and that left the system with around 2.8GB. Remember XP 32Bit only sees 3.2GB of Ram. That’s why I use the rest as a ramdisk.
    The driver for the video camera, it’s on the HP site, here is the link for it Cyberlink YouCam 2.0 Software.
    The audio driver is very tricky to make it work. Click on this link and it will take to the forums where I added more info about that. Forums HP G60 445dx

  6. JULIO /

    Thanks for your answer, When you mention the BIOS setting in order to add more dedicated video memory, you mean the bios setup of the notebook? I was looking for that option and couldn’t find it.

  7. Yes, the BIOS setup on the notebook. I believe it’s F2, F10, or F11. When you boot the laptop. When the HP logo shows, at the bottom shows the options. I’m not home right now, but I will look tonight. Good Luck!!

  8. JULIO /

    Please, don’t forget to answer me about the option for adding more video memory. Thanks

  9. Julio, you need to set you video memory on the BIOS setup menu. Either F9 or F10, when you see the HP Invent Logo. Then go to the video settings and allow 256 or 512 for your video card memory.

  10. JULIO /

    I can’t find that video option in the bios, I find a lot of sites with this information:

    “Amount of shared video RAM is controlled by the driver. You cannot change it and there is no point in doing it either. Memory will be dynamically allocated by the driver as and when required.”

    I try to upgrade the bios but it didnt’ work.

  11. Julio, the memory is controlled by the driver. For some reason I thought I setup the 512 on the BIOS. If you go to the system information (start, all programs, accessories, system tools, system information) and then select Components, Display it should show you the Adapter Ram. My showing 512MB.

  12. JULIO /

    When I watch swf videos in full screen, they are reproduced very slow, I discovered that if I change the resolution to 1360 x 768 it gets much better. I hope this could help somebody.

  13. JULIO /

    HI,
    DID YOU GET THE REALTEK CARD READER DRIVER FOR XP?

  14. Julio,

    Here is a link for the Realtek_XP_WHQL_3.0.0.1, those are the one I’m using.

    Download

  15. Antonio /

    Audio driver were tricky. I tried the solutions you posted here and still nuthin. The Conexant driver wouldnt install. This is how i got them to work:

    Unzip to a folder..use Device Manager,right click “Audio Device on HD”,choose Update driver,
    No to connect,
    Install from a list or specific location,
    Select Don’t Search, I will choose the driver to install,
    For the Hardware Type select ‘Show All Devices’
    Remove the check from “Show Compatible Hardware” and click on “Have Disk”.
    Next…browse to the unzipped folder and choose the “WiSVHe5.inf”.
    Ignore XP when it complains.
    Reboot.

    got it from here:
    http://h30434.www3.hp.com/psg/board/message?message.uid=83267

    Nevertheless i still have some problems. The modem driver wont install. Any ideas?

  16. Antonio,

    Glad that you find a way for the audio driver. I do remember it was very tricky to install.

    Here is a link for the driver for the modem

    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareDownloadIndex?softwareitem=ob-62609-1&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=3795238&os=2100

    Good Luck

  17. Clay Cross /

    JL, I downgraded a G60-445Dx to XP Pro, SP3. I used your links for the drivers. Most works ok. Still have a splat for “Audio Device on High Definition Audio Bus”.
    But what is really driving me crazy is the slow file copy across my wired network. Connection to internet seems ok. Copying files is excruciatingly slow. I let it search and install updated driver, no joy.
    I changed cables, ports on my router, etc.
    Any advice?

  18. Clay,

    Look at the comments made by Antonio on how to get the audio drivers to work.

    The network drivers and connection should be something with the performance of your network, make sure you have the latest update for your router and that if any other systems is not consuming your bandwidth. I use my on wireless Linksys and I haven’t experience any slow time at all. Trust me we have 4 systems running all the time in the house. Reboot your router and cable/DSL modem, make sure all your cat 5 cables are property connected to the devices. On thing you can do try the laptop directly to your Cable/DSL modem and do a speed test for your connection. You can go http://www.speedtest.net.

  19. Clay Cross /

    Got it! you were right; checked my connections, etc. Replaced my old hub I was using downstream from my router with a switch I had. Don’t know exactly what was wrong, the hub has worked for about 5 or 10 years. About 3 years downstream like that. Checked my connections, one was not good but it was a new cable that I was trying. Out here; the garage, is my area, wired out here with all my other mechanical, wood and gun stuff. G60-445DX belongs to my wife’s friend for her business. Using some old software that wont run on Vista. Vista Home seems to be very crappy.
    Thanks,
    Clay

  20. Clay Cross /

    I have tried (and tried, and tried, and tried) to install Conexant High Definition Audio & Audio Device on H…..
    Different drivers, different sources, followed Antonio’s instructions. Still no joy.
    Has anyone else had any luck installing this?
    I am about to give up and disable it.

  21. Antonio /

    Hi JL! I actually got the modem drivers to work as well following the same steps i posted before. But now a new problem appeared.

    It all started when I tried to instal a NI Guitar Rig 3 demo on my notebook. Conexant drivers are just such a pain in the ass, man!
    GR3 inmediately threw me a message that it couldnt get the hd audio input to run. So at first, i thought it might be conflict between the ASIO4ALL driver and the Conexant hardware. Looked up for it on forums but no luck.

    Then, as i searched for an answer on the audio configuration at the control pannel, I realized I had no audio input running at all. It wont even recognize the notebooks mic.

    Is there anything that could be missing for the conexant smartaudio input to work?

  22. Conexant High-Definition SmartAudio 221 Driver (CQ50, CQ60, CQ70, G50, G60 and G70)

    http://cid-10d0e6e125be32c7.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/.Public/CQ%5E_series%5E_Conexant%5E_High%5E_Definition%5E_SmartAudio%5E_221.zip

    Unzip to a folder..use Device Manager,right click “Audio Device on HD”,choose Update driver,
    No to connect, Install from a list or specific location,
    Select Don’t Search, I will choose the driver to install,
    For the Hardware Type select ‘Show All Devices’
    Remove the check from “Show Compatible Hardware” and click on “Have Disk”.
    Next…browse to the unzipped folder and choose the “WAHER5a.inf”.
    Ignore XP when it complains, Reboot.

    I do remember the installation was very tricky as you need as Antonio mention before. My shows in the control panel in my audio input.

    Please remove all the previous inf files, uninstall completely the drivers and then try installing from safe mode. The link provided it’s for the Microsoft updated version.

    If anything you can link to this page on http://h30434.www3.hp.com/psg/board/message?board.id=OS&thread.id=12776 and you should find more information on the downgrade process…

  23. That was most helpful, thank youvery much!

  24. Thanks, very much its help me also. But I still have problems with wirelles buton, it dosn’t work, as in Wista

  25. Antonio /

    Hi JL!

    Thnx for the new driver link. I finally got it to recognize the integrated mic, but still not working properly 🙁

    I get an awfull delay and tons of bumps only on the hardware test.

    Any extra configuration required?

  26. The same problems with mic. It’s instaled Ok, but don’t work. I think thr problrm s are in drivers.

  27. I get a problem with overheating and shutting down after I install XP. I found your article after I had installed it. I did not do the RAMDisk or anything you mentioned in the main post. Is there something I can do?

  28. Well the overheating, sound like a hardware problem. If I was you I check that all the fans are working. I don’t know how long you had the laptop, but if the fans are working properly maybe you need to clean the vents. I have an air compressor, but you can find one of those spray air can at Walgreen or any computer store. If the overheating continue you might want to call HP or your vendor for a replacement.

    Another thing make sure all your Bios setting are at default.

    Good luck.

  29. Chris-8 times and i would need to topher Moody /

    hey
    i tried installing wondows xp a couple weeks ago and when it was installing it would come up telling me it couldnt install a certain driver ans so that happened about 4-8 times and i would need press skip because it wouldnt download and then when it finished it told me it could finish the setup

    any suggestions????
    plz help
    thanks

  30. I say check that your windows xp its legit and it’s not missing anything. I usually never download anything when installing the OS. Try with a different XP CD and don’t download anything during install. If problem continues you might have some hardware problem. I use to have a ZV6000 that would always stop the install when it was copying the windows files. It was a motherboard problem.

  31. Chris-8 times and i would need to topher Moody /

    k i got a new disk!!!!!it works too
    but it wont let me turn on the internet swtich?do you know what switch i am talking about its the one right next to the power

    thx i appreciate it man

  32. JLCarbwood /

    I never had problems with that. Try reinstalling the drivers for the network card.

  33. Chris-8 times and i would need to topher Moody /

    well i havent had access to hte internet so i might need to put the drivers on a flash drive and install them and hopefully it will work
    thx
    plz respond

  34. Hello, thanks for all the help!

    I managed to install the audio. However, speakers output is horrible (it wasn’t that bad in Vista). I configured them as notebook stereo speakers, but the result is the same. Headphones quality is good.
    Does this happen to you too?

    Thanks in advance

  35. christopher m /

    well i cant install any drivers because i cant get on the internet
    i have a computer that is on a non working state lol
    i just want to fix it and go on with my life
    i tried bringing it on a flash but it didnt work becasue it would tell me that the was an error and ask me if i want to send or dont send plx help thanks

  36. To Augusto,

    I’m not much into audio, however whenever I listen to a video or music didn’t notice the difference. I never expect much from the audio in my laptops to be honest. I upgrade the G60 to Windows 7, and the audio it’s good and honestly I can’t tell the difference. If you are having real problems maybe you need to update your driver. Best way to update your driver will be to uninstall the old one and remove it completely from the drive, all the DLL and inf related to it. And the install the new one.

    Good Luck,

    Jorge

  37. To Christopher M,

    Man it sounds like you are having real problems with that baby. I hope you made backup copies of your Vista setup or order the Windows 7 upgrade just in case.

    Now this what I would do if i was you, I complete format the drive and install the OS in a clean drive. I honestly think your OS Disk its the problem as I believe you were having problems before with it. If problems persist then I would bring the laptop to original state, Vista and check that its not the hardware problems.

    Check your BIOS its at default on everything or even check they might even have an update for it.

    Please let me know what you decide, or if you are able to connect to the internet, maybe we can even setup a time for a remote connection, so I can take a look if you want.

  38. Jorge, você é brasileiro?

  39. Eliseo /

    thanks, but, i’m loocking for this drivers…

  40. Adams /

    what about ethernet driver?

  41. michael /

    System model — ——Hp pavilion G60-445DX
    Operating System— -Windows XP ultimate 2007 32bit Sp3
    VGA–Nvidia Geforce 8200m graphics 500 mb– http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/185.85/185.85_notebook_winxp_32bit_whql.exe
    HD Audio—http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/nForce/10.3.0.23/nForce_HDA_10.3.00.23_international.exe
    Conextant HD Audio—–http://public.sn2.livefilestore.com/y1pwlusHJCa_a6S6E5_-k636H7oQXltCL7uI5CSdOCbfuvNuW0wpu6tFGeEnv4t-lLMuD7Lpk_D26ba5pZBTKpaKQ/CQ_series_Conexant_High_Definition_SmartAudio_221.zip?download&psid=1
    Universal Audio Architecture (UAA) must be installed before conextant hd audio and Modem—-ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp33501-34000/sp33867.exe
    or ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp39501-40000/sp39540.exe
    Chip-set and smbus—–http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/nForce/15.26/15.26_nforce_winxp32_international_whql.exe
    Touch pad—-ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp40001-40500/sp40075.exe
    Card reader—–http://windowapp.com/bbs/board.php?bo_table=drv_etc&wr_id=3
    Wireless Lan—-ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp39001-39500/sp39403.exe
    Camera— Cyberlink you cam— ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp42501-43000/sp42568.exe

    All these drivers and links worked out perfectly one touch on my system without any complains except for the conextant hd audio with came in a zip format and have to be extracted to a folder and installed from the device manager just like Antonio said “Audio driver were tricky. I tried the solutions you posted here and still nuthin. The Conexant driver wouldnt install. This is how i got them to work:

    Unzip to a folder..use Device Manager,right click “Audio Device on HD”,choose Update driver,
    No to connect,
    Install from a list or specific location,
    Select Don’t Search, I will choose the driver to install,
    For the Hardware Type select ‘Show All Devices’
    Remove the check from “Show Compatible Hardware” and click on “Have Disk”.
    Next…browse to the unzipped folder and choose the “WAHER5a.inf”.
    Ignore XP when it complains.
    Reboot.”

  42. Angelica /

    I have problems after i downgraded to xp. the hard disk capacity was supposed to be 300GB but it only ended up to be 150. what should i do???

  43. would like to down grade my hp g60 234cl to xp. Currently running vista.

  44. rodolfo /

    tengo una xp g60-445dx el cual se me estropeo no encendia al principio la mande a arreglar sin exito ahora que la enciendo solo aparece en la pantalla (Nvidia boot agent 249.0542… copyrigt (c) 2001-2005 nvidia corporation….copyright (c) 1997-2000 intel corporation….PXE-E61: media test failure, check cable….PXE-MOF:Exiting NVIDIA boot agent…..y asi sucesivamente sale una tras otra podria decirme cual es el problema gracias-

    • Rodolfo,

      de verda que no suena bien. aparentemente la maquina tiene problemas con el disco duro o con el motherboard.

  45. I will recommend to upgrade to Windows 7 unless you an application that doesn’t wok on Win7

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