He's  Dead Jim (a Star Trek running Joke) 

This page is only about dead chips, and why, hit home to see the cure.
A PC is box full of chips and software.
The Chips all have drivers.
Many chips are now dead (VAST) , because they are not made now, not made since 2001 the day XP was born.
No person can wish a driver exists, just because they want it or need it. Sorry ! That is only a dream.
Each chip has a maker (Intel is one) and if they stopped making it in 2001, then don't expect a Windows 10 to have  driver to run it. (yes do ask Intel that,  if fact all makers of dead chips ask that)
All modern PCs at HP, have the drivers you need for your Operating System (OS) but only for one OS  or  few, but not all 14 Microsoft OS,  not all.
The chip driver must match your OS and the chip it runs. (if not its dead) Its dead Jim !'

 
HP does have 3rd party authorize media kits.    Besides HP actual.

Many chips are not made or ended at XP or VISTA. (same with the driver for it)

Drivers can be found in 4 places,  the HP install disk,  in the windows/driver folders, or during  Plug and Play (PnP) (live internet done)
PnP is now dead, on Vista /XP and older.
The 4th place is here again.
HP driver page, but for only what was shipped new.

Here are some links to common chip makers, to see if they have a driver for you OS and your CHIP.
Chips for GPU:
VIDEO GPU card/chip by maker Nvidia).
Sorry Nvidia's old chips do not run on W10.  (Vast chips and chip based PCI cards not supported at all)
Vast old (1000s)  printers made are not suppored by say W10
Same with flat bed scanners. My Umax is now bricked, with W10 for ever (and does work perfect on XP)


PnP processes are covered here, and the PCI sniffer program is covered here.

If the chips are not clearly known the above find them and shows how to decode the DEV and MFG codes to real chip names.


The DEAD ZONE: links.
In many cases, if a chip is dead, get a USB replacment, you can buy WIFI and ETHERNET chips on  USB dongal device.  Bingo  a fast easy cheap cure. (make sure it supports your OS)
If your PC laptop is so old, it has PCMCIA side slots (now called "PCcard") and it don't work now (no drivers at all), get  USB dongal above. (sold in all puter stores worth salt, like NewEgg sells)
You can buy for a fact, PCI cards that plug in for Ethernet, VIDEO , Wifi,  SATA3 cards, SOUND and more, that run on newr OS's  , buy them at NewEgg.

Many GPU video card makers are defunct now (DEAD as a Door Nail !) are no longer in business, or left THAT business to make other things, but not this old CHIP (your chip that fails)
In most cases all Gforce graphic GPU chips are 100% supported. Ask Nvidia, this. (it is their call)

Here is another list of defunct computers or chip makers. (near endless this... I have personally seen more die than LIVE)

Here is a list of todays top players, and many of these makers made chips that ended at  2001 XP or   VISTA 2007, that chip ended then... but this list is the PRIME list.

Many things new do not run under XP at all (endless and increasing every day into the future of DEAD XP ) Microsoft does not PnP driver for XP period.  Same with VISTA , spring 2017.
Many things old do not run under W10,  all things each maker of the chip does not support W10 WILL FAIL. (the list is VAST dispite MS words of glory and hope , sorry!)


Chips that love to fail are: (at upgrade OS time, or anything if just plugged in today)
Old network chips, Ethernet or Wifi, long long ago GONE,  dead. Now finding other drivers is hard with the internet now dead... omg. what to do...?
Old Nforce chips. (no new w8-10 drivers) read it and weep !   the W7 support list is here, for Nforce by Nvidia,  best is to avoid these old MOBO.    
For old nForce chips , click "legacy" in the first box  here.
Old USB devices, (vast) XP is the  worst offender here. XP needs SP3, to work here, but is no panacea.
Old PCMCIA cards, sure now dead .
Old DVD drives, (XP is pathetic here)  XP can  do better with SP3 loaded or the  custom SP4  (majorgeeks)
Old inTel processors 3rd Gen up are supported under W10 (others not, read the facts at Intel)
Old touch Pads. and old wireless mice.  (try a USB mouse and be happy, samewith dead PS2 keyboards or mice, get a USB instead.,
32 bit support?, many of the old and newer processors 32bit are not supported by Windows 10 32bit, per this page. (and what's not on this page, is not supported)
There are many custom features on say a HP laptop that will not work now   Like cardreaders, fingerprint readers, and more , best is to ask HP for help on their forum.

Old custom features in HP not supported now, even this can fail per model Laptop. The "HP BUTTON PAD" that only works on HP LTops,  if the driver is dead, so be this pad,  how fun is that?  Only HP has this driver.
But in my case the w7 driver for the below runs under W10, so one can try that in all cases, but takes hard work,  and if many things don't play, then lots of more work testing wrong drivers for say W10.
each button is a lighted switch.  with a driver
How ever my W7 finger print reader and the whole HP security package fails, under W10 , so I had to remove it., if not the PC goes nuts.
Thee HP drivers are SP12345.exe named files,  if the file is run, the HP has very good logic inside that will tell you, THIS is the wrong driver,  in every case I've seen. HP software is TOPS! 



Hints: (hope can happen, so can luck)
Some Vista drivers do work for W7 but not  all many don't. Most XP driver moved up stream (Vista up, fail totally or in part)
Some W7 drivers move to W10 easy , if lucky. (I do wish everyone LUCK)  Never fail to be internet connect during PnP operations if the Ethernet port works USE THAT first (hint, hint !)

See  my XP HELL?:



 HP WEB SITE SHOWS HOW TO GET OLD INSTALLED DISKS THAT HP NO LONGER SELLS.

version 2.  7-1-2017