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Buying a HP Pavilion desktop computer and replacing the video card

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Keas wrote: well although i have a z77 board i have both intel and via drivers for the usb so you might look into via for the drivers. other drivers may be from marvel(sp). it is too bad you dont have a friend with a win 8 disk you could borrow and use to install. You may search windows website for a downloadable window 8 iso but i am not sure if they still have it up since the 39.99 deal is over. Worth looking for though.
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in case you didn't know it is about a 2 gig download so not that big if that is one reason your hesitant to download one.
I never want to go back (or forth :razz :) to Windows8, too fancy, too troublesome to always have to switch between windows to perform a simple task like starting an application, no easy quick way like the Start menu in Win7 to launch a program.
Really, Windows8 was designed for touchscreen devices.
As of now, everything (except the front usb ports) works on my Win7 hp system with a barely okay 5-year old graphics card. It would be nice to have front usb ports for ease of access, I don't really care if it's usb 3.0 or not.
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bgallagher wrote: I never want to go back (or forth :razz :) to Windows8, too fancy, too troublesome to always have to switch between windows to perform a simple task like starting an application, no easy quick way like the Start menu in Win7 to launch a program.
Really, Windows8 was designed for touchscreen devices.
As of now, everything (except the front usb ports) works on my Win7 hp system with a barely okay 5-year old graphics card. It would be nice to have front usb ports for ease of access, I don't really care if it's usb 3.0 or not.
download classicshell or any other free program that people here have recommended in other threads and you wont have to switch from metro ui to start menu and you can have a start button that will work like win98 to win7 depending on which you prefer when you start up. Anything you can do on win 7 you can do on win 8 from what i can tell.

Honestly though your being way to stubborn with keeping that piece of crap that doesn't even have USB drivers to download or even says what company makes the drivers of your USB. trust me i have been looking and cant find a thing for win 7. If i payed as much as you did and cant run win 7 without everything working it would be returned as fast as i could get it back inside the box. that is what being able to return an item is for.

Will you please start taking our advice?
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Pretty sure this is solve now :
found a HP with same mobo :
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/Te ... Id=5187022

Download software and drivers:
chose: HP Pavilion p7-1206
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/Te ... Id=5187022

Windows 7 64:
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/Te ... Id=5187022

2 drivers their:
Renesas Electronics USB 3.0 Host Controller
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/Te ... p-108665-1
and
Texas Instruments USB 3.0 XHCI Host Controller
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/Te ... p-108667-1
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As a poster mentioned, it's really appreciated all the help from nice rfd members. Many thanks, guys. I'm pretty sure it's Texas Instruments the make of the USB3.0 chip controller on the board as I've already tried Renesas/NEC. Just to be sure, I have a back-up plan to make sure I have working usb ports at the front while staying on Win7 (they should really specify if Windows8 isn't the OS, go download this USB host controller driver manually) :

[IMG]http://www.tornell.com/wp-content/uploa ... B-Hub.jpeg[/IMG]

In case there isn't enough ports: :arrowd:
[IMG]http://media.techeblog.com/images/usb_hub_2.jpg[/IMG]
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bgallagher wrote: As a poster mentioned, it's really appreciated all the help from nice rfd members. Many thanks, guys. I'm pretty sure it's Texas Instruments the made of the USB3.0 chip controller on the board as I've already tried Renesas/NEC. Just to be sure, I have a back-up plan to make sure I have working usb ports at the front while staying on Win7 (they should really specify if Windows8 isn't the OS, go download this USB host controller driver manually) :

[IMG]http://www.tornell.com/wp-content/uploa ... B-Hub.jpeg[/IMG]

In case there isn't enough ports: :arrowd:
[IMG]http://media.techeblog.com/images/usb_hub_2.jpg[/IMG]
i really hope your joking....
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xalex0 wrote: Did it work?
[IMG]http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lyoq8 ... o1_250.gif[/IMG]

The USB3.0 front ports now work in Windows7, thanks to you guys!!!!
So now, everything works (pc boots fine, gpu works, second HDD accessible, front USB ports functional).
For the USB ports previously not working, I should just have opened the computer case and look at the make of the controller chip next to the USB3.0 blue connector on the board, as one poster suggested.
Awesome!!! That's a fine piece of crap that is now fully functional after switching the OS.
What a waste of money and time.
I wish I can opt out from their software bundle (the Win8 OS mainly) as I paid for them (included in the price) but am not using them(all vanished from the hard drive).
Now the videos on youtube are all choppy, I thought it's only on Acer netbooks with 1GB RAM that have this issue.
I suspect the latest version of flash player (11.6.602.168) is faulty.
I will try to downgrade to an older version.
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bgallagher wrote: I should just have opened the computer case and look at the make of the controller chip next to the USB3.0 blue connector on the board
What was it?
bgallagher wrote: Now the videos on youtube are all choppy, I thought it's only on Acer netbooks with 1GB RAM that have this issue.
I suspect the latest version of flash player (11.6.602.168) is faulty.
I will try to downgrade to an older version.
Try HTML5.
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hopefully in the future when you decide to upgrade your video card it will fit since it may be longer than your 9800 but i am glad you got it working. i still don't think you made the right call on this but it always comes down to your choice since it is your money so i really hope you enjoy it and have no further issues. remember to save the win 8 key for future use -if nothing else to upgrade it to win 9 or whatever.

as for software suite you said you purchased - which one is it? you maybe able to download and use if you have the product keys for them.
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Keas wrote: remember to save the win 8 key for future use -if nothing else to upgrade it to win 9 or whatever.
Thanks for letting me know about this, I completely forgot about it, where is that key located at?
Keas wrote: as for software suite you said you purchased - which one is it? you maybe able to download and use if you have the product keys for them.
The software I'm talking about is the software bundle included with the purchase of the hp system, stored on the hard drive that I wiped out clean. I believe it comes at a cost (I really doubt it is free), but besides the Win8 OS, they are not worth much I think. :arrowd:

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some are limited time like the Norton's and unless you actually signed up and put a credit card in to pay for that or anything then the stuff is free to use til at least the time runs out. as for the HP software you might be able to download it separately if you want to use it over any similar program. Not sure how great HP Beat is or HP Games and the Cyberlink software is. should check the hp website for downloads of utilities.
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bgallagher wrote: [IMG]http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lyoq8 ... o1_250.gif[/IMG]

The USB3.0 front ports now work in Windows7, thanks to you guys!!!!
So now, everything works (pc boots fine, gpu works, second HDD accessible, front USB ports functional).
For the USB ports previously not working, I should just have opened the computer case and look at the make of the controller chip next to the USB3.0 blue connector on the board, as one poster suggested.
Awesome!!! That's a fine piece of crap that is now fully functional after switching the OS.
What a waste of money and time.
I wish I can opt out from their software bundle (the Win8 OS mainly) as I paid for them (included in the price) but am not using them(all vanished from the hard drive).
Now the videos on youtube are all choppy, I thought it's only on Acer netbooks with 1GB RAM that have this issue.
I suspect the latest version of flash player (11.6.602.168) is faulty.
I will try to downgrade to an older version.
bgallagher, I am very glad that you finally got your front USB 3.0 fixed...like I said b4, you could simply open up the case and looked for the marking or just made a quick phone call to HP and asked them about the controller instead of wild guessing and wasting so much time. You paid a premium for the HP brand so why not use their service to justify the cost.
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virtuman1980 wrote: bgallagher, I am very glad that you finally got your front USB 3.0 fixed...like I said b4, you could simply open up the case and looked for the marking or just made a quick phone call to HP and asked them about the controller instead of wild guessing and wasting so much time. You paid a premium for the HP brand so why not use their service to justify the cost.
because he likes to do everything the hard way : ) cant you tell from this entire thread?
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Keas wrote: because he likes to do everything the hard way : ) cant you tell from this entire thread?
Haha...pretty interesting fellow indeed...always did things his own way and went against everyone's advice...but it was this persistence/stubbornness of his that got him the positive result in the end. Anyone with a soft personality would have given up and returned the computer or not even purchased the computer from the very beginning...and we won't have 11 pages of drama for the rest of the RFD members to enjoy lol
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Keas wrote: because he likes to do everything the hard way : ) cant you tell from this entire thread?
I have to disagree, I did it because of my own reasons and I've told you guys about them. If you think otherwise, then it's your perception.
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