Originally Posted by djmorgan
You should be aware that HP have now adopted a method to mark your HD (Tattoo) this may involve QP2, it certainly prevents making more than 1 set of recovery disks.
As to reloading the program from swsetup or any other location this might work provided the hidden partition is on the primary HDD
although the software does not seem big enough in comparison to the size of the partition.
Who knows! give it a go and let us know so we don't break our Qp2
If you have any info on the marking process please do provide some links... as it does probally pertain to QP, and would be of great importance possiblly to those that replace a failed hd, upgrade, install a differant OS than the Hp branded bloatware ridden one as shipped with 16 thousand trial/crippled versions or whatever software that is installed that isn't trialware.
There are people out there that:
(A) Are wanting to be able to buy a hd at a decent price.
(B) Want to make more than (1) set of discs )... People that have had their house burn down, OR have the wife, girlfriend, or boyfriend throw the stuff out on purpose. (happens ALL the time)
(My concern over forcing it to do more than (1) set stems from time to time having a bad burn, bad batch of discs that "appear" to be "alright", but at a later date fail.- will not read properly)
(C) Are wanting to do a fresh OS install, and not have some part of an HP program "looking" for that HD "tattoo", not find it, then refuse to work properly.... The program, or programs of course not disclosing the fact that they are refusing to work properly until they "see" the hidden HP marking on the hd you are refering to.
I would assume this is what HP does to "key" a OS restore disc to a particular computer... For example... You and I are room mates.... both have the same PC... Mine gets thrown out, damaged.... You have one, but it won't install, since the install disc is "looking" for that hd watermark /tattoo.
Anyone checked on prices of HP stuff? They must think the stuff is made out of solid gold. (really) Check out the Hp PartsSurfer section on HP's site.
You won't find much listed here for the dv8000 series for example since it's "new".. but go back a few model numbers and look at the prices for the ram, the hd's!
While you're there check out how much a replacement screen is, but be aware that you need to be sitting down, and if you have a medical problem you need to have someone there to drive you to the hospital , call for help once you see the prices. (on the screens, the ram, the hd's)
For example for dv1000
14.1-inch WXGA TFT display panel-Only $875.00
100.0GB ATA-100 EIDE hard drive - 4,200 -Only $575.00
1GB, 333MHz, PC2700 DDR-SDRAM Dual In-Line Memory Module (DIMM)
Get this... ONLY $1150.00
For a dv4000?
Need a hard drive?
100GB Ultra ATA/100 EIDE hard drive - 4,200 -ONLY $ 725.00
Sure, no problem...
1.0GB memory module kit - Contains two 512MB, 333MHz, PC2700 - ONLY $ 1350.00
Need a display for that dv4000?
17.0-inch WXGA ... Only $941.00
BTW: I think you have to pay tax, and shipping on top of the above prices....
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PS: On the install program, it could be highly compressed, but more than likey it's a case that when you "delete" the QP "program" thru the add/remove function that it removes the "stub" that lets windows "see" the program on the linux partition. Re-installing just re-installs that "stub". That is assuming someone doesn't delete the partition itself...
Same thing for someone who has a HD fail out of warranty... and for some reason choses not to buy a replacement thru hp.
QP should be available for download, you should be be able to type in your ownership info, the reason for needing access, then be sent a (1) use link.
The installer looking for a valid serial number to enable it to install.
Hey... Here's a good deal:
Real-time clock (RTC) battery - CR2032 button style operating at 3VDC
That's a CR2032 .... Only $29.00 !!!!
Compare that to: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...=Google+Search