Originally Posted by asifism
The third partition or x: is the one causing problems.
I'm not exactly sure what happened to your installation. But I have completed this 8 times on my own systems and many times helping others.
Assuming your laptop has ONE physical hard drive.
Backup all data to a networked computer or disks.
Insert your Vista install DVD, and start a FRESH installation
At the disk part, select and delete ALL existing partitions
Hard drive should now be raw with ONE huge partition
Create first PRIMARY partition for Windows OS, I recommend about 30GB
Create another PRIMARY partition for Data, using remaining space EXECPT 1028MB.
MB not GB Do not format, you are just CREATING the actual partition section
Create final PRIMARY partition of EXACTLY 1028MB (MB not GB) for Quickplay Do not format, you are just CREATING the actual partition section
Select the FIRST partition (30GB) to finish your Vista installation. Once in Vista, install any drivers necessary to get your system running. (Especially NIC or wireless.) Reboot as necessary when specified. At this point, Windows may inform you there is an unformatted drive and ask if you want to format it. Ignore this. Right click on MY COMPUTER and select MANAGE. Select DISK MANAGEMENT. Find the DATA partition, QUICK format it, then allow Windows to assign it a drive letter. Next, find the small QUICKPLAY 1028MB partition. Create a partition, assign it the drive letter X:
and but DO NOT FORMAT IT! Exit DISK MANAGEMENT. Extract the HPQPDP archive you downloaded and move the resulting HPQPDP folder into your "C:\SwSetup\" folder. Double click on MY COMPUTER/COMPUTER, double click on C:\Local Drive. You should see the SwSetup folder. Open the HPQPDP folder and run setup.exe
Wait for the ENTIRE installation process finish. Just let it complete without interruption. If the partitions were created correctly, this process will seem to pause, but will finish. Any errors in creating partitions will result in this part of the installation to fail. You then need to reboot your computer to complete the Quickplay direct installation. Allow system to complete the installation of the QuickPlay Direct OS. Currently, this is an Embedded Version of Windows XP. DO NOT INTERRUPT THE INSTALLATION. Once complete, you may shut down the computer.
Boot into your PRIMARY Windows installation. This is mostly for testing purposes, to ensure your boot manager from Vista is still correctly pointing to Vista and the primary (main OS). If you have gotten this far, there should be no errors at all.
You need to extract the Quickplay 3.0 archive to your desktop, run the install/setup for Quickplay 3.0. Contained in the Quickplay3.0.rar archive, are the Vista drivers for your buttons as well. Run that setup and you will have control over your buttons again in Vista.
At this point, Quickplay Direct AND Quickplay for Windows is installed on your system. I recommend inserting a DVD in your drive now. Then power down your computer. Hit the Quickplay DVD button and you should boot into QPD.
Let me know.