HP/Compaq :: Envy 15 OTB Vs Tweaked Install Comparison
Apr 30, 2010
Envy 15 today from FedEx, same specs as mine, and I will take some time this weekend to run some benchmarks, before and after reformatting the drive, doing a fresh install of windows and tweaking some of the settings, including unRaiding the SSD, in order to gauge the level of improvement from these actions.
BIOS Version F.1A
System BIOS Date 03/08/10
Video BIOS Date 02/24/10
I downloaded and burned an ISO Win7 install file (legal, I am using a purchased key to register it), and wanted to do a clean install of Windows 7 without all the HP Bloatware crap like the sticky at the top of this forum suggests.... and when the install is done its first restart, and is on the Completing installation... phase the second time, it gives me a:
"Windows setup could not configure windows to run on this computers hardware".
Are you serious?
Does anyone have a fix for this please. I now have an inoperable, and un-installable brand new laptop. Sweet.
I am installing it via the USB DVD Drive, through a DVD (Not even a USB flash drive problem!). I have tried it twice now and it failed both times. I even tried reseting the BIOS settings to default.
It's obviously a glitch in something, because I was running Win7 on the laptop this afternoon.
planning on purchasing either an HDX16 or HDX18 for college. Right now, the HDX18 is cheaper, but which one would be the best for transporting between classes, etc? Also, how would you take notes if the battery only last two hours?
I will also have another coupon that takes off $250 from the price listed.
I think I will purchase the HDX18, and then return it in the 21 day period if I feel it is too large or something. Which one would you choose based on the specs and price and the portability for college?
I presently have a Lenovo T500 with the ATI 3650 video card, primarily use the UltraNav mouse (similar to point-stick), and regard the Lenovo keyboard as being pretty nice. Yes, i actually DO think the T61 keyboard was better.. but that's besides the point. What I want to know is..
How does the 3650 compare to the 4550? How does the ultranav compare to the point-stick? How is the keyboard in comparison to a Lenovo?
My desire is to have a number pad, nearly equivalent keyboard, faster graphics (its newer, it should be better), and hopefully, the point-stick doesn't drift like my Lenovo does. I don't do CAD, only light video encoding, and I fully intend to play Diablo-iii if it ever comes out.
I attempt to download the HP Updates via HP Support Assistant, but they fail to install. They download okay, but they don't install. In fact, on a couple they open an install window and go to 100% but then pause and give me an x instead of the green checkmark. (And what is really strange is that the audio driver gave me the checkmark but after restarting says it still needs to be updated).
I have tried the updates several times, and I have restarted as well. Nothing seems to work.
Here are the updates that won't install:
IDT High-Definition (HD) Audio Driver Intel High-Definition (HD) Graphics Driver Intel Chipset Installation Utility and Driver Synaptics TouchPad Driver HP SimplePass Identity Protection Software Realtek RTL8188EE 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN Driver for Microsoft Windows
HP ENVY 15t-j000 Quad Edition CTO Notebook PCModel: C8P47AV
I have all current drivers and software. It came with Windows 8 and I am trying to install 8.1. It does well until the restart. I do the restart and it gets part way through and the screen goes dark and hours later the screen is still dark. I press the power button and it says something like :Trying to recover install" and from there on nothing happens. I finally end up having to go back to windows 8.
I have an ENVY 17 (3277nr) with windows 8.1 in it but I'm unable to update it since several months ago so I decided to reinstall the OS so I went to the windows site that lets you download an ISO image of windows 8.1 to burn it into a disc (right now I dont have a 4gb usb at hand but is also possible).
I already burned the disc by right clicking the ISO and selecting 'burn disc image' and changed the boot options but every time I turn on my computer all I see is a single underscore and then the regular windows 8 boot screen.
I already visited wbesites in this regard and I've read things like the windows 8 UEFI thing (not on my laptop since I've upgraded from w7) and the security settings on the BIOS but none of them seem to fix the problem.
Oddly, when trying to open the burned dvd it only says 4.37gb out of 4.37gb, do you think my dvd drive might be damaged?
I purchased the HP ENVY m6-n113dx laptop from Best Buy and a 240gb SATA III SSD. When I re-installed the OS from a previous license that I owned for Windows 8.1 Pro x64, I could no longer get the Bluetooth radio working. The Qualcomm Drivers work great, or at least Windows doesn't find anything wrong with them. I did not format the original hard drive that came with the laptop so I replaced it to see if the bluetooth radio was working on a previous Windows 8.1 installation to find that it works great.
The drivers that were installed on the working OS are the same drivers as the replacement OS. The radio works with the previous OS, but not with the new OS. The only difference that I can tell is in the BIOS settings where I disabled the "Security" option regarding the HP Secure Keys.
I'm an IT professional working on a client's HP Envy 15t-3200 notebook PC (Win 7 x64, Intel i7, AMD 7700 series)
He said (he thinks) after installing a recent windows update, it started blue screening on him with a graphics error. He restored his PC to factory install, and it was working fine until he installed windows updates and the graphics drivers again, receiving the same blue screen graphics error.
I picked up his laptop. I installed a slipstream of windows 7 that I created. Everything worked fine - as soon as I installed his graphics drivers.
First, I had installed the AMD drivers (from AMD, not HP). I thought everything was working fine, until I checked the device manager and saw that the AMD graphics were being disabled, and the laptop was reverting to the generic graphics driver. I also tried the older driver offered on HPs support page.
I uninstalled the AMD graphics, and installed the Intel graphics. As soon as they were installed, upon restarting I received the same original blue screen error and had to result in booting to safe mode and performing system restore.
When I install the AMD graphics without installing Intel graphics, it reverts itself to Generic graphics. The AMD graphics adapter shows a Code 43 in the device manager, stating that the device has stopped working because it has reported problems.
I played around with different versions of AMD graphics which did not resolve the issue, and I installed different versions of the Intel graphics, which still caused a blue screen.
The PC is working ONLY with the generic graphics drivers, which doesn't work for what my client wants to be able to do (gaming).
I found this - [URL] ..... on the troubleshooting page for this notebook, and tried using this solution which also did not resolve the issue.
I've checked temperatures of the laptop and nothing is anywhere near overheating.
I attempted to upgrade my Win 8.1 ENVY DV7-7230US laptop to Win 8.1 via the App store. It said I had to clear all the updates first. So I went the System Updates Screen. When I clicked on it to see what updates were needed. The circling wait symbol appeared and never went away. I can not do any system updates, thus I can not download and install the FREE Win8.1 upgrade.
I have a hp envy m6 sleekbook model. anyways ever since I installed windows 8.1 fresh my touchpad wont work to a point. Ill install the driver and it works fine till I shutdown the laptop and restart it. Im pretty sure the driver is auto updating and not working correctly.
I am having problems with the Validity sensor drivers. It appears to not install correctly.
I've HP simple pass installed and working, I've also tried to install validity sensor drivers (from HP drivers store) but it appears to never install correctly since then it doesn't work. When I go under biometric device, in control pannel, it says that there is no biometric device installed on the computer.
In my devices manager, every drivers show like it has been installed.
I have a HP Envy 15-k067nz with Windows Seven (64 bits) installed on it. Except the validity sensor drivers, every other drivers work without problem.
Originaly there was Windows 8.1 installed on it with Validity sensor drivers working on it.
I also tried to install the windows 8.1 drivers version in compatibility mode, which didn't work.
I decided to do some investigating about the differences between them. What sparked this curiosity was the consistently higher temperatures I got with my new CW. Turns out the cooling design is a little different.
Not the best pics but hey this science project was done at 3am
New on the left, old on the right:
And a pic side by side just for kicks
I think I'll be adding some thermal paste to my new CW. which one? I gotta research how to do all that stuff.
it seems alot of people don't seem to understand the workings under SLI and have simply decided that the Hybrid SLI found in their laptop is pretty much useless.. While there is some truth to this it isn't completely true.
As those of you with SLI on your desktops will know, SLI is largely based on 2 things. Game support, and driver support.
By game support I mean some games will darn right refuse to work properly with SLI enabled. Some games may also work with SLI enabled, but show no clear benefits with SLI turned on. And linking in, nVidia have to make profiles for each game in their drivers. If you're up for tweaking it is possible to add your own profiles using nHancer, but then again, how many of you would be willing to do that?
So what I plan on doing, is benchmarking several games to give people an insight into the workings of SLI, what games support it, what games don't, what games need tweaking.. and hopefully based on this you can decide whether it's worth it or not for you in particular .....
The review of Laptop Magazine has comparison of the new MacBook Pro Core i7 and Sony Z11. It sounds like that the new MBP wins Sony Z11 in many places except the hard disk drive performance. Engadget published one also.