Model: HP G42
Manufacture: Hewlett Packard
Compatibility: Windows XP,  Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit)

1. For HP G42 Model With AMD Processor do not Install Chipset, MEI, Intel Turbo Boost and storage driver.

Drivers: Windows XP and Windows 7/8/8.1

Intel Chipset Installation Utility
Version A, 2.29MB Windows XP
Version: A, 2.3MB  Windows 7
Windows 8  - Automatically Installed , if not:
(use  windows automatic updates, windows 7 drivers reported work or get the latest chipset driver from by typing version

Intel Management Engine Interface (MEI) Driver 
Version: A, 5.36M  Windows XP/Windows 7
Version, 31.71M Windows 8/8.1

Intel TB
Intel Turbo Boost Technology Driver
Version 1.0,1002 A, 3M Windows XP 
Version 3.04MB Windows 7

Intel Matrix Storage Manager Driver (win XP)

Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver (win 7/8/8.1)
Version A, 21.65MB Windows XP
Version: A, 9.69M  Windows 7
Version Windows 8/8.1

Input Keyboard and Mouse
HP Quick Launch Software 
Version 6.40 B, 19.65MB Windows XP
Version 1.00 A, 6.63M Windows 7
Version 3.00 7.51MB Windows 8/8.1

Realtek High-Definition (HD) Audio Driver
Version A 85.5MB Windows XP 
Version:, 100.67M Windows 7
Latest Driver Version (current R2.73) Windows8/8.1

Synaptics TouchPad Driver
Version A, 38.9MB Windows XP
Version:, 42.09M  Windows 7
Version, 125.7M Windows 8/8.1
Latest Driver Version Windows Vista/7/8/8.1

Card Reader
Realtek USB 2.0 Card Reader
Version 6.1.7600.30105 A, 7.46M Windows XP
Version 6.1.7600.30120 A, 8.53MB  Windows 7
Version 1.30, 11.39M Windows 8/8.1
Latest Driver Version Windows XP/7/8/8.1 

LAN - Ethernet
Realtek PCI-E NIC LAN Driver
Version 5.760.503.2010, 5.59MB Windows XP
Version 7.18.322.2010 A, 5.65MB Windows 7 
 Version n/A (latest) Windows 8/8.1

Graphic/VGA/Video Drivers

Notes: For windows XP there are only one graphic driver to choose while in windows 7 there are 2 Intel graphic driver available. Model with AMD graphic drivers must install AMD graphic driver first before Intel, the other driver for Intel (switchable graphic) automatically installed along AMD graphic driver installation. For windows 8, you need to read installation guide for Intel 4 series chipset.

Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family Graphics Driver
Version A, 20.4MB Windows XP (32 and 64-bit)
Version: A, 39.34M  Windows 7 (32-bit)
Version: A, 41.18M  Windows 7 (64-bit)
In Box Driver (auto) : Installation and Driver Windows 8

Intel High-Definition (HD) Graphics Driver
(Windows XP doesn't have to use this driver )
Version: A, 40.04M (32-bit)  Windows 7 (32-bit)
Version: A, 41.90M (64-bit)  Windows 7 (64-bit)
Windows 8 In Box Driver (auto) or AMD Driver will install the driver :
If not, Installation and Driver Windows 8

AMD High-Definition Graphics Driver
For ATI Radeon HD 4XXX series (Legacy Drivers)
Version 8.753.0.0, 178.42MB Windows XP
Version:8.771.2.4000, 134.51M  Windows 7
Latest AMD 13.1 Catalyst Version Windows 8 32-bit   Windows 8 64-bit


2 available drivers, choose 1 base on your specification.

Broadcom 2070 Bluetooth Software and Driver
Version:7, 58.51M
Windows XP/7

Ralink/Motorola Bluetooth Adapter Driver
Version:, 68.25M  Windows XP/7

Windows 8 :
install windows 7 driver in compatibility mode (stable than latest version), or use the latest version
Broadcom 2070: version Download
Ralink/Motorola Bluetooth Application Version Download


There are 5 available Wireless Drivers, choose one (1) only base on your specification.

Atheros 2011 Wireless LAN Driver
Version:9.20, 81.94M Windows XP/Vista/7
Version 1.00 (atheros ar9xxx series) Windows 8 
Version Rev. A (AR9000 series) Windows 8

Ralink 802.11 b/g/n WiFi Adapter
Version:, 10.28M Windows XP/Vista/7
Version Windows 8 (also supported xp/vista/7)

Intel PRO/Wireless Drivers for Microsoft Windows
Version 14.0 14.64M Windows XP
Version:13.4, 15.0M  Windows 7
Version Windows 8

Realtek RTL8191SE 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN Driver
Version:2011.0.204.2010, 20.55M  Windows XP/7
Windows 8 : Run automatic Update or if you wish to install it manually read here.

Broadcom Wireless LAN Driver for Microsoft Windows
Version 5.60.350.6 , 10.28MB Windows XP
Version:5.60.350.6, 20.68M  Windows 7
Version, 24.5M Windows 8

Tools and Utilities

Optional Installation, without this tools and utilities you notebook device still function properly.

HP Power Manager Utility Software
Version 1.00 A, 1.49MB Download

Advanced Format Hard Disk Information Tool 
Version:1.0, 22.17M Download

HP Support Assistant 
Version:, 35.33M Download

HP Power Manager Utility Software 
Version:1.00 A, 1.49M Download 

HP Software Framework 
Version:, 3.89M Download

LightScribe System Software 
Version:, 11.74M Download  

HP Advisor Software 
Version:3.4.12850.3526, 67.95M Download  

HP Wireless Assistant
Version Download

1. If you are a windows XP user and installed your graphic (Intel or AMD), sometimes you will have another graphic (standard VGA in device manager) listed in device manager, just disable that device if it cause any instability.

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