Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Laptop Driver Really Gave Me A Hart Attack

Recently i got the opportunity to install windows xp on a laptop although for some people it will be nothing but for me it was first time in a laptop. So i was very careful and somehow the installation went smoothly and successfully completed. Because there was no driver cd's given i have to go the HP web site and download all the drivers for laptop model HP compaq 510 model.

After installing all the drivers as i was shutting down the laptop i felt that it took more time to shutdown and seems like the laptop have been hang at the shutdown displaying the message "Windows is Shutting Down". I tried few times like this and every time laptop freezes up at the shutting down.

I was really got scared what the hell just happened because there is nothing wrong with the windows xp cd that i have. So i googled about Windows XP shutting down issue in compaq 510 model and found out that this happens due to some driver software issue but the forums didn't specifically mentioned what driver it cause this issue. Also as a one my friends advice i tried to shutdown the laptop from the safe mode and it shutdown the laptop smoothly.

So now i had the task of identify which driver that giving me this issue so i tried one by one disabling the components and check if it works and at last i found that the culprit was the web cam driver as i disable it the laptop shutdown as usual. Still there was no solution because it is a headache to disable and enable the device and the person who is using the laptop was not a IT friendly person. So i tried uninstalling and installing webcam driver few times but it didn't work.

As i was going through the control panel Add/Remove Programs i found that web cam driver also install some software also other than the driver it self and i removed that software from Add/Remove Programs and bingo it worked. So at last after wasting a almost a day i found the solution.
So that was my first adventure of installing Windows xp on a Laptop. :)

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