Okay, folks. I'm going to tell you how to do this from the ground up assuming you're currently on Windows Vista.
There's going to be some downloads and work involved, so please, be patient. I'm running Windows XP Media Center 2005 on this DV6000 laptop (DV6345us to be exact) and it's doing a great job without any problems.
THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE AS COMPLICATED AS IT LOOKS. JUST TAKES SOME PATIENCE. THIS IS A ONE TIME THING, SO TAKE YOUR TIME.
Here we go.
*NOTE* Get the drivers you can from the link below - such as Coxenant Audio Driver, Microsoft Universal Audio, Yuan TV Tuner driver, Quicklaunch drivers, Webcam, Modem and Ricoh 5-in-1 card reader. All can be found here, including NVIDIA stuff:
*NOTE* If you do not have NVIDIA video on your DV6000 unit, then you have Intel drivers, which you can find here. Download the two links for Intel drivers here.
INF Utility (miscellaneous drivers):
* XP Media Center Edition〈=eng
Intel VE 1000 (NIC Drivers) for XP: http://www.sendspace.com/file/mitlc5
Intel 945 Graphics: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/...
Take all of these things you've just downloaded and put them into one folder named "HP6000 XP Drivers"
Now, for the fun parts.
Programs and files needed:
A. Winrar. Get it here: http://codecpack.nl/wrar371.exe
and install it.
B. ISO Recorder. Get it here: http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/download/ISORecorderV3RC1x86.zip
and install it.
C. Get your SATA driver files in here (zip file): http://www.sendspace.com/file/lhe3a7
DO NOT INSTALL THESE! UNZIP it to it's OWN FOLDER on your hard drive and leave it there for now.
D: Get Nlite to make a customized XP disk: http://home.midmaine.com/~nlite/nlite/nLite-1.4.5.installer.exe
and install it.
1. Put your XP CD into your ROM drive. Let it spin for a bit. Close any pop ups it may cause. Once CD slows down, roughly after 30 seconds after you popped in it, go to "Computer" on your Desktop, open it and right click on the XP CD. Chose "Make CD Image" and name it "XP IMAGE". ISO Recorder will start up and you will be able to make a CD image of it into a data file somewhere on your drive, wherever you chose to hold it for the time being.
* Make sure you have a legitimate CD Key for your XP CD. We're going to be using it here soon.
2. Pop open a can of soda or beer or sip from your coffee. Smokers, light up. One XP CD copying to an image file will take about as long as it takes to smoke one cigarette. I should know, being one of these uppity computer geeks who smokes to pass the time waiting for B.S. like this.
3. Now, browse for where the XP image file is on your hard drive, find it, right click it and choose the Winrar "Extract to XP IMAGE" option to let all the XP files extract to a desginated folder. Do not use the "Extract to......" option. You'll have XP files all over the d***ed place if you do that. This too will take a wile for it to extract.
4. Once it has finished extracting, go to the folder where you downloaded all those drivers from HP's site noted way before. Copy that drivers folder INTO the folder named XP IMAGE. Copy and paste it like any other folder you'd copy in Windows.
5. Start up NLite from your Start Menu program. Do all the "Next" options involved until you see find the interface to Browse and click Browse to your XP IMAGE folder. Give it a secont to calculate.
6. Now, click Next and get to the interface with options named "Drivers" and "Unattended Setup" and all that stuff. You can add Microsoft SP3 if you'd like, or you can download it and install it later once you get XP on your lapotp. I'm not going to go into all of that here. We're trying to get XP on your laptop, not turn it into a slip-streaming extravaganza.
7. Choose the Drivers, Unattended Setup and Make ISO options, or whatever it's called in order to make an iso file later.
8. When you get to Drivers, browse for your SATA drivers, which I named "Files". It should be in that folder where you downloaded all those drivers to. A prompt will pop up that will allow you to pick the SATA drivers. Darken it and click "OK". Another prompt will pop up with a large list of drivers. Pick ALL of them doing a SHIFT-KEY and clicking the top and bottom of the list, like you would in copying all files out of a folder. Then click OK. Then click Next.
9. Put in your CD Key in the proper cursor spaces. Make SURE you get it right. Pick other options shown if you choose to do so - it's up to you. Get rid of System Restor or Hibernate or whatever, if you want. Even add your own passwords so you don't have to do it while XP is installing. Again, all these things are up to you.
10. Hit your Next options near the bottom right and get all the way to the end of the program, which is to make an ISO file. Name the ISO file as you wish to - anything other than XP IMAGE - click Next or whatever, and let Nlite do the work for you to build the ISO file.
11. Once Nlite is finished, take out your XP CD, pop in a blank CD and use your CD burning program to burn your now new customized ISO file built from the Nlite program. Use the slowest or second slowest speed of your CD burning program to avoid possible errors. Remember, you need a good burn here - not some quick stuff that may go wrong while you're installing XP.
12. Smoke another cigarette or wander around the room if you don't smoke.
You're good to go once the CD has stopped burning. Pop your CD back in from the ejecting of your CD program's finishing it's burn and restart your computer.
Follow the prompts as if you would any other XP boot installation. Remember to have your CD boot first though!
If you're not exactly ready to wipe Vista off, but you want to practic with NLite, go right ahead. You can find more information on NLite and it's tips and tricks here: http://www.nliteos.com/guide/before.html
In fact, I highly recommend you check out the Nlite "Guide" before you do anything that I've previously listed. Just as a safety.
Anyway, you'll have a SATA ready XP disk good to install on your DV6000 series laptop.