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XP drivers on new hardware without manufacture support.

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November 10, 2011 4:23:41 PM

Does anyone know of a tool that can properly ID brand new hardware that the manufacture has not provided XP drivers for? Then provide links to possible generic drivers or something from the chipset manufacture. (It would be nice to have the level of driver support that one gets in most linux live disks, but, it's windows, so I don't really expect that) I have a new HP pavilion that needs to run XP & not 7. Not a virtual XP in 7 or in Linux, but XP on the desktop. I don't really want to have to add new cards for sound, ethernet, & video but have had no luck from HP and little luck on searches for info & drivers.

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November 10, 2011 5:51:19 PM

No such tool, but run CPU-Z http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html, it will get you a good list of the components, then search for drivers based on that.

Much of the time, the PC won't work with unsuported drivers properly, especially if it's a laptop. Usually you get blue-screens, random reboots, etc...
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November 10, 2011 10:11:52 PM

@ hang-the-9, why can't everything just work like linux??? LOL!!! Thanks, I will give it a try. I have tried Everest hardware scan, but, it hangs on this new (1 week old) HP desktop.
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November 18, 2011 4:05:13 AM

In the end I ran debian with XP pro running in Virtual Box. Not what I wanted, but, gets the job done.
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November 18, 2011 4:06:35 AM

Best answer selected by jiminpa.
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