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missing drivers for the conversion of a Gateway notebook model MT6707 from Vista OS to XP Home OS

Here are the missing drivers for the conversion of a Gateway notebook model MT6707 from Vista OS to XP Home OS:
Ethernet Controller
PCI Device
Video Controller
Video Controller (VGA Compatible)

These issues will be listed under My Questions as Vista->XP conversion on Gateway notebook MT6707.

Good Luck!


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michealbeethoven
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souseranCommented:
Can you list the file names of all the files that were in the .ZIP you downloaded?
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
First, make an Image of your current installation on an external drive so you can fully restore the system if there are issues with XP.   It can be a real challenge to find XP drivers on the newer systems where the chipsets were essentially designed for Vista ... so you want to be sure you can easily revert to the original system if necessary.

Second, you can install XP as long as you have the SATA drivers for the hard disk.  (If you try without these the XP installer won't even "see" the hard disk)   These are available here:  http://support.gateway.com/support/drivers/getFile.asp?id=20974&dscr=Windows%20XP%20and%20Vista%20(32-bit%20or%2064-bit)%20SATA/Mass%20Storage%20Controller%20version:%20Intel%206.2.0.2002&uid=173782249

HOWEVER, Gateway does NOT provide XP drivers for the ethernet card or the video adapter -- they only have the Vista drivers on their site.   The 943 series drivers from Intel MAY work okay ... Intel lists graphics drivers for 943/943GML chipsets ... but not for the 943L.   I'd give this a try, however, as there's a reasonable chance it will work (and it won't hurt anything to try).   The 943GML drivers are here:  http://downloadcenter.intel.com/filter_results.aspx?strTypes=all&ProductID=2301&OSFullName=Windows*+XP+Professional&lang=eng&strOSs=44&submit=Go%21

The chipset drivers are more difficult -- Intel lists this chipset installation utility as supporting all "900 series chipsets" ... but the 943 is not specifically listed.   I'd give it a try, however.

If those both work, you'll have everything except possibly the ethernet drivers.   The easiest way to identify those is to download the free Belarc Advisor and see what exact ethernet adapter your system has:  http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html    Then just "Google" for the drivers .. or post the details here and we can probably find them for you.
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souseranCommented:
Also, can you download and install System Information for Windows from here:

http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download.html

In the Hardware section, let us know what entries you have for the following:

Network Cards | Description
PCI | Everything
Video | Description

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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Found a reference to the Marvell Yukon ethernet adapter for your system.   If that's correct, this will be the driver for the ethernet adapter:  http://www.marvell.com/drivers/driverDisplay.do?dId=103&pId=3
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souseranCommented:
The PCI device may be your sound card. If it is,

SigmaTel 9250

Available here:

ftp://ftp.gateway.com/pub/hardware_support/drivers/win_xp/portable/m465/D00460-003-001.exe

Video controller: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950

Really need to see the SIW output before pointing to these drivers. Want to make sure they're the right ones.

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eXpeLLeD_4RM_heLLCommented:
Download EVEREST Free Edition from :http://majorgeeks.com/download4181.html
It will help you identify the drivers needed and also direct you to the correct site for download.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Everest Home Edition is an excellent program, but has been discontinued for over two years.   While it is still available, it's unlikely to "know" about a chipset as new as yours.   If you want to use Everest to identify the components, I'd suggest you download a free demo of Everest Ultimate instead:  http://www.lavalys.com/products/overview.php?pid=3&ps=UE&lang=en
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michealbeethovenAuthor Commented:
Thanks for everybody's help so far!

Okay, things are slowly coming around.  I got most drivers installed except for sound.  Still cannot find one that works.  

Here is what the diagnostic uitlities are stating:
SIW:
Device      27D8h  82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio

Belarc Advisor:
No multimedia device detected

Everest Ultimate:
SigmaTel Unknown @ Intel 82801GBM ICH7-M - High Definition Audio Controller [B-0]PCI

driveragent.com:
Does not see any multimedia device

Device Manager:
System Devices/Microsoft UAA Bus Driver for High Definition Audio (there is a yellow exclamation mark on it)


Hope you people don't run out of ideas.....
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souseranCommented:
Microsoft has a Universal Audio Architecture (UAA) High Definition Audio class driver that needs to be installed on some of the newer laptops before they will even find the high def audio. Link here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/888111

Try installing that one first and then the SigmaTel 9250 According to the specs I've found on the MT6707, the SigmaTel 9250 is the correct sound driver. For verification, specs are here:

http://www.pcworld.com/product/specs/prtprdid,37013475/specs.html
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michealbeethovenAuthor Commented:
Thanks souseran:  Unfortunaley there is no link to the driver, the article just talks about it.  Could not locate driver at Intel Downloader, either.

I already tried the Sigmatel driver but I'll try it again...
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
The Dell Inspiron 1420 uses the same 82801G/STAC9250 audio chipset.   While they have XP drivers for MOST of the features of the chipset, they only have Vista drivers for the audio.

Not what you need right now, but you might want to save a copy of the Vista driver for it ... just in case you ever need it:
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/downloads/en/downloads_splash?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&~mode=popup&file=227493

It's unlikely that this driver includes XP support ... but it wouldn't hurt to try and install it :-)

Another thing to try:  After doing all XP updates ... SP2 and all subsequent updates ... go to Device Manager; select Update Driver for the Unknown Device; and when prompted let it search Windows Update.   This MAY be a device XP will "know" about after it's fully updated.
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michealbeethovenAuthor Commented:
Hello garycase:  Thank you for your suggestions.  In the first, the link only goes back to the Intel Downloader site that and repeats the efforts that I reported in my last communication.  It cannot find "Universal Audio Architecture (UAA) High Definition Audio class driver version 1.0a".

I would try the second suggestion, however, there is no Unknown Device in Device Manager there is only no multimedia devices detected in Belarc Adviser and driveragent.com scans (please see above).

Regards.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
I just clicked on the link again ... and it started the download from Dell's site.   It should do the same for you -- but if not, just go to Dell's downloads site;  select an Inspiron 1420, and then follow the links to the downloads [note that the sound download is only available if you select Vista as the OS].

As for the 2nd comment ... Your comments above said:
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Device Manager:
System Devices/Microsoft UAA Bus Driver for High Definition Audio (there is a yellow exclamation mark on it)
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That's what I was talking about r.e. choosing "Update Driver"  [right-click on the device with the yellow exclamation point;  then select Update Driver]
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michealbeethovenAuthor Commented:
Yep, you're right it now starts to download (obviously the site is afraid of you...) however, it soons claims that "this not the correct driver and will exit".

I am proceeding on to the Update Driver procedure.
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michealbeethovenAuthor Commented:
Update Driver states Cannot install this hardware.

Trying Sigmatel...
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
A few years ago Sigmatel had "courtesty drivers" on their web site ... generic drivers that would usually work with their chips.   Since they were purchased by IDT, however, IDT does not maintain any drivers on their site -- they leave drivers to the vendors of their chips.

I've also not found any drivers for this chipset at the various "usual places" (DriverGuide, DriverNet, SoundCart-Drivers.com, etc.) ---> only for the AC97-based chips.   There's almost certainly a driver that will work with XP ... but it's certainly not easily found :-)

If this wasn't a notebook, I'd suggest just buying a cheap ($10) sound card and plugging it in :-)   Perhaps not elegant ... but it would work !!    With a laptop, it's not so simple.    There are USB sound adapters that work very nicely;  but unless the system is used primarily as a desktop, that's not very convenient.   So I'd keep trying !!  ==>  I'd also send a note off to Gateway support and see if they have a driver that will work.  [I did find the Vista driver at Gateway's site -- I presume you did also;  but like Dell, they don't have an XP driver on their download site.]

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michealbeethovenAuthor Commented:
Success!  I just ran setup on the Sigmatel folder that I put in the cab files a couple of days ago and the OS accepted it this time.  Whew!  What a journey.

Thanks to everyone's persistence.  I will distribute the points to those that provided successful suggestions.
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eejckkCommented:
I am having same problem with my lapton.  Can't find driver for sound just like yours.  Can you tell me where you downloaded the driver from michealbeethoven???
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