HP has finally gotten around to posting Windows XP drivers and support software on its web site. I know I wasn’t the only person to install XP within hours of unboxing the Mini-Note. But now you don’t have to rummage around to find drivers that work properly.
Honestly, the only problem I’ve noticed is that I get an error sound when booting Windows which I’m pretty sure is just my computer’s way of letting me know that I’m using an audio driver that was designed for Windows Vista, not XP (I already turned off the visual notification box that popped up to tell me this every time my computer booted).
There doesn’t appear to be a Windows XP audio driver on the web site, but I’m wondering if it might be bundled with the VIA chipset drivers of the HP software update tool. I plant to install both of these packages and see what happens, but since I don’t intend to do a clean install of Windows XP right now, I’m not sure I’ll be able to tell for certain what each package does.
Update: As of 10:26pm on 5/5, HP appears to have pulled the XP drivers down again. But I suspect they’ll be back online soon, perhaps with a working audio driver.
Update 2: And Tuesday morning the XP drivers are back online. I still don’t see anything that says sound, but since I already have a working Vista sound driver installed, I can’t tell if any of the new drivers would have enabled audio. If you’re doing a fresh install of XP, let us know if and when sound starts working when you start installing these applications and drivers.
[via HP 2133 Guide]