HP Conexant "Waikiki" Vista driver
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These systems were sold by HP as "Windows Vista Capable" machines, both in marketing on the HP website, and with a sticker on the machine itself. Some of these users even received a "free" upgrade to Windows Vista (from HP) upon it's release, yet HP has stated that they will not be releasing proper drivers for the audio in these notebooks. A notebook computer on which one cannot make use of the audio and microphone devices, is NOT Windows Vista capable, and HP has lied to its customers in this regard.
HP's only solution is to use the Windows XP drivers for this device. Users running 32-bit Vista can use this "workaround," however, the XP drivers do NOT function correctly. They cause system slowdowns, particularly at boot, and evidence indicates system stability issues present using those drivers. 64-bit Vista cannot use those drivers AT ALL. They simply will not install.
Microsoft, unlike HP, has attempted to create audio drivers for this system. That drivers provides audio output under Vista, but the following problems persist:
1) No audio is output after the system resumes from standby,
2) The audio control and mute buttons on the system do not function,
3) Audio is output through the system speaker and headphone simultaneously,
4) The built-in microphone does not work.
Using this driver, also, the system still cannot be said to be useable.
HP has, in effect, lied to its customers, and sold them computers that are not capable of doing the very things they are sold to do. HP is in violation of a number of U.S. laws relating to truth-in-advertising, by claiming capabilities of their product, that are not truly possible on said product. Mass tort litigation on behalf of effected users would not only cost HP a substantial amount of money to defend itself against, but would almost certainly be found in favor of the claimants. To prevent this scenario, we demand action from HP.