Just my opinion, but as there is no single working XP driver for the Conexant 221 it probably shouldn't be added anyway.
I've spent a solid week searching so I know it's not out there for public download. I can tell you with 100% certainty that not even Conexant provides a 32 bit XP driver for the 221. Their generic driver page only has modem drivers. Also, Windows/Microsoft Update recognizes the hardware, but fails to install the proper driver.
From this experience, I can only assume that HP has done something rather unorthodox in their implementation of the Conexant audio/modem chipset.
Since the Intel HDMI driver works, I assume HP has somehow tied the Conexant chipset into the Intel GL40 Northbridge.
I can't figure out why the Vista driver that HP provides doesn't work for XP, as there's nothing that's obviously Vista-specific in any of the Vista files. In fact, it apparently originally supported 32 & 64 bit XP & Vista. Check this out, it's from IPathVXS.INI in SP39902.exe, the official Vista driver for the Compaq I worked on:
Signature = "$CHICAGO$"
DEVTYPE_UIU_INI_FILE = 1
WINXP = "XP32\Setup.exe"
WINXP64 = "XP64\Setup64.exe"
WINVISTA = "V32\Setup.exe"
WINVISTA64 = "V64\Setup64.exe"
The XP folders have been removed from the package. This tells me that HP does indeed have the XP drivers, they just won't release them.
I'll have to wait until the owner of the laptop does a clean install before I find out anything new. As I'm the one who makes his unattended XP disc, I also get his error reports. Unfortunately it could be months before he does a clean install or it could be next week, who knows.
I've sent him a message, so maybe he will let me play around some. If I learn anything new on this issue, I'll report back here. Maybe someone around here has a few tricks up their sleeves or knows someone at HP and can get a link to the XP drivers since we know they exist.
Just so I know, exactly what info is needed as confirmation that a particular driver works?
Last edited by SyntaxError (2009-01-05 17:46:47)