04-24-2018 03:59 AM - edited 04-24-2018 04:06 AM
I have a HP Pavilion Gaming 15-AK202NR. It comes with Windows 10. I want to run Windows 8.1. I've recently done this with another HP15 model successfully ( HP 15-f387wm).
My biggest concern was if Win8.1 would even run on a Skylake processor. Well, it does. Now I need a comparable machine that runs 8.1, that I can use the drivers from. nVidia driver isn't a problem, Realtek wireless, not a problem. HD530 graphics, not a problem, but some of the others are. I'm trying to totally build this O/S from scratch.
Thank You in advance.
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04-24-2018 07:15 AM
What are the other drivers that are a problem?
Audio: Accept the agreement. Download and install the 2nd driver on the list.
Ethernet: Download, unzip and run the setup application from the W8.1 driver at the link below...
SD Card reader: Download, unzip and run the setup application from the 1st file listed at the link below...
For any other device that still needs a driver, please post the hardware ID's for those devices.
Use this guide for how to find the hardware ID for a device.
04-24-2018 08:26 PM - edited 04-24-2018 08:45 PM
Yes, thank you VERY much.
I figured it out but didn't have the time to post a "never mind". However, I'll hang on to the links you've posted, to make the job easier in the future if needed. BTW, the other drivers I was having issues with, were various chipset drivers. I'm a REAL stickler for proper chipset drivers, probably moreso than most, but I DID manage to find them.
I now have a fully functional HP Gaming 15 laptop on Windows 8.1!
It is actually faster than WinX on this machine, my older games now work, it no longer "de-activates" my legally owned Office 2013, I don't have to worry about SecuROM, or the constant update interruptions.
Now, I'll replace the 1948 Chevy dump truck, slow hard drive, with the 960gb SSD I possess.
16gb/matching Corsair ram that I have, maybe 32gb in the future. HP says "No, it won't work", but the CPU, Bus, and chipset says it will. I'll make it work, and properly, I might add.
Once again, thank you very much for your help.
04-24-2018 08:42 PM - edited 04-24-2018 08:47 PM
This is the FIRST HP I've ever kept for myself. It sounds better than the MSI I recently sold, it's simpler, it's quieter, and I like the green color scheme.
Although, it doesn't have the GeForce 1060 that my MSI had, none of the games I enjoy, require that much horsepower, thus the GTX950m /4gbVRAM is more than adequate for my needs.
My wife has always had good fortune with her HP15 platform computers, although the older ones have the build quality of a Yugo, they never, or seldom ever failed to function. Budget models or not, they work, and work reliably.
Thought I'd give one a try...... I like it. Needs a better HDD, an O/S change, and more ram, otherwise, a GREAT computer, on a solid platform. 🙂
04-26-2018 02:11 PM - edited 04-26-2018 02:18 PM
A very special shout out to Paul_Tikkanen!!!
You have been very helpful to me during the short time I've been haunting this board, and with the number of posts you have, apparently, everyone else, too.
I appreciate your dedication, and willingness to share your knowledge!
When I grow up, I want to be just like Paul_Tikkanen! 😄
05-04-2018 09:25 PM - edited 05-04-2018 09:38 PM
Well, I'm mostly finished with my HP Gaming 15 laptop. I did not install the M2. I felt it was pointless.
I'm waiting for 32gb/RAM to arrive.
This computer came equipped with an i7 6700hq Skylake, nVidia GTX 950m Graphics processor w/4gb/VRAM, Windows 10 home, 8gb/RAM, and a Pokey Joe, 5400rpm 1tb/WD Blue HDD, and an optical drive.
16gb/Micronics, 1.35v RAM. It didn't like the Corsair ram.
Now has a 960gb, SanDisk Ultra II SSD, and a 1tb HGST 7200RPM SATA 3 HDD in the optical bay.
It's no longer even CLOSE to the same machine! Awesome. 🙂 FTW!!
I'd like to thank all of you, who helped me with this. 🙂
After doing a bit of research, I've come to the conclusion that there weren't too many of these machines made, and almost none, floating around.
That's a shame, the potential for one of these is phenominal.
IF the opportunity presents itself, I'll be picking up more of these, if I can find them, and if the price is right. I paid $400USD for it, NIB!
What a deal I got!