The HP Mini 1000 series notebooks (including 1010NR, 1030NR and 1035NR) are very slick compact machines that adequately serve their purpose as mini laptops. However, they come with one major flaw: the audio quality out-of-the box is very poor.
Windows XP audio drivers in the HP Mini notebooks, particularly the IDT HD audio codec, are developed with a filter that protects the laptop speakers from the treachery of high volume. Unfortunately, this also effects the external output when listening through headphones or external speakers. On the other hand, the IDT drivers for Vista don’t include this filter, so your external output quality sounds great, like it should.
Even the nicest set of external speakers can’t save your favorite music tracks from sounding like they’re playing from a paper cup on a string. The issue is software related. But you could fix the poor audio quality in a few steps by uninstalling the current Windows XP driver and replacing it with its Vista counterpart.
Log in to an administrator account. Navigate to the “Start” menu and select “Set Program Access and Defaults.” Next, click on the “Change or Remove Programs” button.
Scroll down and locate “IDT HD audio” from the list and uninstall it by clicking “Uninstall” and following the onscreen instructions until the removal is complete. Your shoddy Windows XP version of the audio software has now been removed.
Navigate to the IDT audio driver link (ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp40501-41000/sp40714.exe). When prompted, save the file to a convenient location.
Install the software by double-clicking the sp40714.exe file that you just downloaded. The notebook will restart, so save any open documents ahead of time.
After your mini laptop has rebooted, connect external speakers to the audio-out jack of the HP mini notebook and verify that the computer’s audio quality has improved.
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