I have successfully installed Windows XP SP2 32-bit (then upgraded to SP3) on a HP Pavilion DV4 1275mx which originally came with Windows Vista 64-bit. (furthermore.. I have a Vista64/XP32/Ubuntu32 tri-boot.)
I have ALL drivers working - video, sound, wired network, wireless network, SD card reader, bluetooth, and accelerometer (protects against HD being damaged when dropped).
Note: The only one that is NOT loaded is the ACPI driver which handles sleep/hibernation/screen dimming/fan speed adjustment. If anyone has a solution to that please let me know. Its actually a fairly minor issue.
I cannot post a quick 'do it this way'. I've hacked and modified drivers from other manufacturers and OSes to create working ones for the DV4, which I'm very sure I can't post due to copyrights and EULAs. THESE ARE NOT AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ON THE WEB. At the risk of sounding like a tech support douche, I highly recommend sticking with Vista.
If you're set on converting to XP, I can make it happen, but I need to see some interest before I take the time to post a VERY lengthy tutorial on how to get all these drivers together and hacked to work. Reply if you want it. If I get enough interest, I'll write it up.
First check the HP site to see if they provide drivers for XP for your exact model (there a 192 models of the dv 4). Without drivers you have a major problem with the conversion to Win XP.
follow this link: http://h20180.www2.hp.com/apps/Lookup?h_lang=en&h_cc=us&cc=us&h_page=hpcom&lang=en&h_client=S-A-R163-1&h_pagetype=s-002&h_query=pavilion+dv+4&submit.x=7&submit.y=7
If you still want to convert - follow HP instructions to burn a backup/reinstall DVD for Vista - buy Windows XP (that itself may be hard) - download and burn to CD all XP drivers -
set the laptop to boot from the CD/DVD drive and restart with the XP CD inserted. Follow all instructions to wipe the hard disk and install XP. Then install the drivers you downloaded.
I have recently bought HP Pavilion DV4 1204TU preloaded with Vista. I tried to install XP by Slipstreaming SATA drivers got from one of the forums. I was able to install the XP but when I tried to boot the same in normal mode it is hanging. It keeps on displaying the welcome screen and nothing hapens after that.
I am able to successfully boot and run the machine in Safe mode but some how it is giving trouble in normal mode. Can anyone tell me what could be the root cause. Also, can anyone let me know where I can find the XP drivers for this machine (including SATA).
The introduction of Windows vista has caused numerous challenges in the computer world. From consuming of computer memory, software incompatibility and others including the challenge of trying to downgrade you laptop or desktop from windows vista to windows xp.
Firstly, power your computer and enter the BIOS setup. For most motherboards the button to enter the BIOS is F1, F2, F10, and DELETE
When you turn on your laptop or desktop computer, keep pressing these buttons one will take you to the BIOS. Then inside the BIOS setup utility, locate "Sata native support" under system configuration, and then disable it. Press f10 to save and exit the BIOS setup.
Insert windows xp cd in the cd rom drive. Restart the computer and set it to boot from cd rom drive. For some computer F12, esc, F10 will take you to the boot menu select the cd rom drive and hit the enter button windows xp installation process starts. Install windows xp the way you normally do it.
I have install win 2003 server to my toshiba laptop now I want to install window wista through my recovery disc.
in can anybody tell me is it possible to install vista home premium through recovery disc in the partion like in E Drive please guide me to resolve this problem.
Guys........don't think to buy this laptop.....i have just recently bought it...it's a waste of money....cos Hp has vanished the Xp support option from BIOS ...so we can't able to install Xp in it....
don't go for this laptop....
otherwise...you'll be in deep trouble....
all the best...for those who has already bought it....just bear with it....
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Version: 18.104.22.168 A
Compatibility: Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows Vista (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Business (32-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (32-bit)
System requirements: No additional prerequisites
Description: This package contains the driver for the HP Integrated Digital TV Tuner in the supported notebook models and operating systems.
Enhancements: Fixes an issue where the system stops responding (hangs) when conducting common scenarios with the built-in TV tuner.
Did you have to go through every file an integrate the SATA drivers? Andy sorry to keep asking but i'm very new to all of this nlite stuff and I have made like 10 or 15 coasters lol. That did not work I just don't want to make another thanks in advance.
I did everything you said andy do I have to have vista still on it? Because I wiped it like another forum said to do this sucks so bad I don't understand why hp couldn't have just made it backwards compatible. And have drivers for it to what's the big deal why they got to make it so hard to put what you want on something you buy I don't get it.
i hope someone can help me I have tried alot of of different xp's and them sata drivers andy told me to download and I am still getting a blue screen I have the dv4-1275mx laptop this is driving me nuts bad I have tried everything I can think of I just can't catch a break for some reason the same thing that worked for andy won't work for me i'm beginning to think I will never get xp on my brand new laptop I hap no idea I was going to have this much trouble or I wouldn't have bout a hp not right that they didn't make it to where we could just install xp just like any other computer I have used well hope someone can help me because I realy need it bad thanks in advance peace