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Where are driver files and battery life

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  1. jackson6612

    jackson6612 Thread Starter

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    Hi

    My friend has a Windows 7 SE laptop. He now wants to install Win Xp Pro. He doesn't have drivers' CD for that laptop. Where are the driver files located so he can copy them, and once done with installing XP can put them there?

    How would the installation of XP affect battery life - shorten or prolong?

    Please help me. Thanks a lot.
     
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    If your friend's laptop came with Windows 7 Starter Edition pre-installed and he wants to downgrade it to Windows XP Professional, he may run into a few roadblocks.

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    What's the brand name, model name, and model number of that laptop?

    If it's a Dell brand, also advise what the 7-character service tag number is.

    If it's a HP/Compaq brand, also advise what the product number is.

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    Go into the Device Manager of that laptop, then advise what's listed in these headings:

    Display Adapters
    Network Adapters
    Sound Video And Game Controllers

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    Thanks. It's Dell Mini 1012 with HD card installed.
     
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    If it's a Dell Inspiron Mini 1012, it'll have a 7-character service tag number on the sticker. What is it?

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    Does he have an external USB optical drive to connect to that netbook?

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    There appears to be Windows XP drivers for these devices for that netbook:

    Intel Chipset
    Driver Version:9.1.1.1019

    Realtek ALC672 High Definition Audio - sound
    Driver Version: 5.10.0.5978

    Intel NM10 - video
    Driver Version: 6.14.10.5106

    Realtek RTL8103EL-GR - wired connection
    Driver Version: 5.736.728.2009

    Atheros AR9285 802.11b/g/n - wireless connection
    Driver Version: 7.7.0.429

    Dell Wireless WLAN 1397 Half MiniCard (4312bg - wireless connection
    Driver Version: 5.10.38.26

    Synaptics Pointing Device - touchpad
    Driver version: 15.0.7

    They all need to be downloaded and saved and then burned off to a CD-R and/or copied to a USB thumb drive.

    Once Windows XP has been installed and it's been determined which device drivers didn't get installed, the needed drivers can be installed from this media.

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  5. jackson6612

    jackson6612 Thread Starter

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    Thanks a lot, Flavallee.

    Yes, he has an external USB drive. Would battery life increase with XP installed? Could you please tell me? Right now he is not with me and he bought it in used condition. I would let you know the 7-digit number when I get hold of it.

    Best wishes
    Jackson
     
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    I have no idea if battery life would increase by using Windows XP instead of using Windows 7.

    I believe that I've given you links to all the Windows XP drivers that are needed, but once the service tag number is provided, I can confirm that. The Intel chipset driver should be the first driver installed after Windows XP is installed and up and running.

    Hopefully, there won't be a problem with setting the external USB optical drive first in the boot order in the BIOS setup screen so the netbook can boot from the Windows XP CD.

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    Thanks, Flavallee. I wish you good health and happiness.
     
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