11-21-2016 07:25 AM
I updated the OS on a ze4145 to Winxp pro that I paid $5 for at the swap meet.
I now see yellow question marks on the device manager for the video and PCI modem.
1. What Is the PCI modem? What would I need it for?
2. Where can I get the drivers for the PCI Modem and the Video?
3. I'll want to hardwire this notebook to a modem with a cable and also run it wireless. (The fast ethernet adapter seems to have installed OK)
I don't see a wireless adapter anywhere so I'm assuming I'll need to install one. What wireless adapter will work?
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11-21-2016 07:49 AM - edited 11-21-2016 08:21 AM
For the graphics you need this driver...
I zipped up and attached the modem driver below. Unzip the file and run the setup application.
HP has removed all support for that model since it is over 10 years old and you have to hunt and peck to find the drivers.
HP had a BIOS whitelist which prevents one from installing any wireless card other than the one that originally came with the PC.
Since all the manuals are gone, there are no part numbers to reference.
Also on a lot of those old consumer notebooks, if there was no wireless card installed then there probably are no antennas to hook up to it.
I did find the parts list and no wireless card is indicated. You'll have to purchase an external usb wireless network adapter.
11-26-2016 03:36 PM - edited 11-26-2016 03:39 PM
You're very welcome, Kevin.
Here's one on eBay for the ze4400 which might work in your machine too...
11-27-2016 05:43 AM
This machine, though old, looks brand new. I paid $5 for it at the swap meet. Sometimes people load them up with bloatware and when the slow down so much to be unusefull they think they're broken and basicallly give them away at the swap meet.
I installed winxp. and your drivers. Software is now all good. For me it will be a good computer.
The battery charges, and shows 100%, but will not run the computer if unplugged from the charger. I think I read somewhere about there being an out of the box issue with the charger. I saw new ones on amazon. I'll pick one up when I get a chance.
There's a guy that walks around the swap mewet looking for laptops to refurbish and resell. I spoke to him and he said he'd give me a wireless card. (If it doesn't rain here in san Diego today and the swap meet is cancled)
11-27-2016 06:54 AM - edited 11-27-2016 06:58 AM
Hopefully the wireless card the guy has will work.
Remember what I posted above about the BIOS whitelist...
A BIOS whitelist rejects all wireless cards not listed in the service manual for the specific PC and even the ones listed must have the HP part number on them or they will not work.
The PC will halt on boot, produce an unsupported wlan card error and will go no further until the wlan card is removed.
That is why I suggested that particular card on eBay. At least you know it is from a ze4xxx notebook.
HP used these whitelists on all of their notebooks until about 2-3 years ago.
Remove the battery and see if the notebook runs off the charger.
If it does, then the battery is bad (it may have only one partially good cell taking a charge but does not have enough energy to run the PC), probably not the charger.