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    Need audio driver after upgrading from XP to Win7

    I finally installed Win 7 on my laptop. The manufacturer, HP does not offer any Windows 7 drivers, but by using the Vista drivers I was able to solve all the driver issues but one big one - no audio. I installed Win7 using a new bigger hard drive. I have reinstalled the old XP hard drive and looked at the drivers for manufacturer info and installed a couple of tools that would save my drivers hoping I could somehow use that information to find the correct driver from the audio manufacturer or some other driver library. So far I have had no success. In XP I show a Conextant High Definition Audio Driver (Conexant High Definition Audio, 3.21.0.0, 2006-04-19, Conexant, Signed). Searching on the internet has found some hits, but when I try to install them they say, no compatible hardware installed. HP does not show a Vista audio driver for download for my model of laptop so that has been no help either. I'm looking for some other avenues to try to find a driver that will work. Anyone got any ideas. I've already been in driver guide, driver max, etc, etc. I suppose I can live without audio, but I sure don't want to. This is a good laptop yet with 2gb RAM and P4 2.8 centrino processor.

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    Welcome to HP "support" - Epson is similar.
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    Conexant 4.8 driver says it is compatible with Vista. That may work. These appear to be 32-bit drivers. You did not specify whether you installed 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7.

    You might also check http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q="windows 7 conexant" at the Microsoft Update Catalog to see if there is something applicable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnealand View Post
    The manufacturer, HP does not offer any Windows 7 drivers, but by using the Vista drivers I was able to solve all the driver issues but one big one - no audio. I installed Win7 using a new bigger hard drive. I have reinstalled the old XP hard drive and looked at the drivers for manufacturer info and installed a couple of tools that would save my drivers hoping I could somehow use that information to find the correct driver from the audio manufacturer or some other driver library. So far I have had no success. In XP I show a Conextant High Definition Audio Driver (Conexant High Definition Audio, 3.21.0.0, 2006-04-19, Conexant, Signed). ... HP does not show a Vista audio driver for download for my model of laptop so that has been no help either. I'm looking for some other avenues to try to find a driver that will work. Anyone got any ideas. I suppose I can live without audio, but I sure don't want to. This is a good laptop yet with 2gb RAM and P4 2.8 centrino processor.
    Try this one. I have used this approach to force hardware in the past:

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en/netfx64bit/thread/c22d11ac-3365-4587-ba0f-a7d5d47a6577

    G
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    I appreciate all the ideas, but so far I'm getting nowhere. I am running Win 7 x32 and not x64. Keep any tips coming. I like it.

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    Here's Conexant's stand on the matter: "Conexant develops audio solutions that are used in a wide range of products including personal computers. We provide customized audio drivers to our customers, which include major computer manufacturers globally. At the request of these manufacturers, Conexant does not provide end-user support or drivers for PC audio products. If you have an issue with the audio configuration in Windows 7, please contact the manufacturer of your computer."

    Chuck

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    I know it's not the ideal solution, but if nothing else works out you can always get a USB audio adapter quite cheap. Obvious downside is it sticking out of a USB port.

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    This program worked for me & best of all-it's free. http://download.cnet.com/SlimDrivers...-75279940.html

    I have no ties to Slim Driver nor am I promoting it-merely stating the fact that I used the program successfully. YMMV

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnealand View Post
    I appreciate all the ideas, but so far I'm getting nowhere. I am running Win 7 x32 and not x64. Keep any tips coming. I like it.
    See if this helps. Attachment 28578
    George's PC Specs. / Laptop. Desktop.

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    Do you have the installation discs from HP? Maybe could get update driver to look for drivers on HP disc. May work with XP driver as I found win 7 does sometimes work with them in compatibility mode. right click driver file and choose compatibility.

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