Originally Posted by PeteC2
Sean, I am sorry that you have had such a bad time with this notebook. I have a dv6625us Pavillion, with an AMD Turion TL-58, and with Vista Home Premium installed, and it has been absolutely great to date...go figure? Maybe you did end up with a lemon, or maybe you really have software issues.
I do not recommend that ANYONE buy a Vista-based machine, if they plan on "retro-fitting" an earlier OS. As I said before, it just is not a good plan, because this notebook was not developed with any intention of having XP installed on it...and that is NOT a "bad" thing...after all, it was not designed for Win 98/Win ME/DOS 2.1...well, you get the idea, right?
IMHO, for anyone desiring a computer, PARTICULARLY a laptop, which is built for much more specific configurations to begin with, is that one should buy it configured with the OS that they wish to run in the first place. Notebook hardware tends to be much more narrowly defined than desktop hardware, and the number of folks who retro-fit XP and have at least some level of performance issues are pretty large...
BTW, when you did a system recovery, it is designed to set up your computer to the exact factory settings...period. Although irritating, I can not blame HP for doing it that way...there are too many potential problems and variables to "guess at", HP's sole "goal" with the recovery option, is to put it back to a point where it was when initially configured.
Please keep in mind, IF this cures your problem, then there was nothing wrong on the part of the hardware/software...you probably just should have purchased a XP laptop...the funny thing is that generally (though not completely) it is easier to "upgrade" an OS than to "downgrade" it.
At any rate, regardless of the reason, these situations stink...I hope that the recovery at least returned it to stability and reliable operation...if you can not return it, perhaps you can sell it for enough money to get an option on buying a notebook that is better configured to your needs/usage.
Thanks for your reply and re-assurance (LOL). Ya buddy I seem to be having an exceptionally tough time with almost 4 restores behind me in a month.
I would have been happy with Vista home premium but the thing is its a pain. I dont know why its such a pain for me (although I believe there are many many people who agree with me) but it seems to be exceptionally frustrating to use for even the most common tasks for me. Even if I turned off all the frills, its still horribly slow with 2 GB of RAM under my hood. almost crawls, drags and often hangs . . . and try copying files from 1 place to another, or worse, over LAN and you wanna scream.
And any OS that has me trying to get performance out of it rather than simply letting me get my work done, is, to be extremly polit, not a good OS.
The restore that I did when you responded, did not solve my problems at all, the performance of vista was so drugged, even after a memory upgrade that I once again installed XP and currently I am using it WITHOUT ANY GRAPHIC DRIVERS in a 1024 resolution and its still better than using vista.
Maybe Vista needs some tweaks to work well and I wouldn't have the time to learn them.
Just for your info (and possible advice) I used vista without the pre-installed norton anti-virus (just to free up resources), without office 2007 and used my old favorites AVG and openoffice instead. Also I use firefox. innocent enough . . . nothing here that should cause a slowdown. In fact these use much less resource than what came with the machine.
Interestingly, and this is a very curious thing, the last graphic driver i tried from laptopvideo2go was the best so far. As long as my notebook was on my table (ie, a flat surface) it went along fine, but as soon as I put my laptop on my lap (so to say), or move it a bit, within 3 seconds its frozen again . . . LOL, strange huh ? I guess it must be over heating and putting the machine over my lap or any soft surface must be blocking the fan or something.
All said and done . . . I agree with you about new machines not being compatible with win98, ME, DOS or other older OS's . . . but any machine made today with no backward compatibly with windows XP is a product born out of unjustified (almost blind) optimism.
Till the time Microsoft fixes, their bloated, resource hungry, slow moving monster of an OS . . . XP will remain the OS of choice for people like me who are more interested in getting things done with their PCs, instead of playing with the bells and whistles, admiring the special effects of Vista and getting bugged out of their skin trying to do simple things like copying their own files from one place to another.
Till then, if you see any news of XP drivers for GeForce Go 7150M, PLEASE throw me shout.