I got a new HP dv6605 Pavilion laptop, but it came with Vista. I reimaged it with XP MCE from an older Pavilion onto it, only to find out that none of my drivers worked.
HP doesn’t provide XP drivers for this laptop – only Vista drivers. There are three main things that need drivers: the video card (nVidia GeForce Go 7150M), the chipset (nForce 650M), and wireless adapter (Broadcom something-or-other). I’ve got all but the wireless working so far (I’ll try that next).
For the video card, theoretically any new ForceWare driver release should work because nVidia uses a unified driver architecture (UDA), but the ForceWare installers are picky about which cards they’ll install for. I used the 156.65 drivers from laptopvideo2go.com. Newer drivers will probably work if you get modified INFs.
Edit: Newer video card drivers don’t work, at least for me. I tried a couple drivers from the 16x.xx series and it only made Windows unbootable.
The nForce chipset, which includes Ethernet and stuff, was trickier. Somebody reported limited success with using Vista drivers from HP in XP, but Ethernet didn’t work. I found out that nForce drivers from Acer worked for my HP laptop, including ethernet.
For sound, the Conexant HD Audio is the same as HP’s other models. I was able to go into Device Manager and install the driver by choosing to select for a list. The Conexant HD Audio driver was under “Sound … controllers,” “Conexant,” “Conexant HD Audio.” It was in the list probably because it was leftover from my last laptop. You can also try downloading the driver from HP’s website – try searching for the “dv6110us” model and getting drivers from there. The audio instantly worked after installing the driver.
When I tackle the Broadcom wireless, I’ll update this.
Edit: I got my wi-fi working using the Broadcom drivers from the Acer website mentioned above (link again). They’ll be named “Broadcom Wireless LAN Driver 188.8.131.52_Negative_Foxconn” when you install it. There’s an interesting side effect to these drivers: the light by the wi-fi switch will be orange when it is off, slowly blink blue and orange when it’s on but not connected, and rapidly blink when data is transmitted.