DavidTx, how about some benchmarks from you're machine?
I want to get 8GB not so much because I _NEED_ it, but because I am such a geek that I have to get it because I can.
But if I DID have 8GB, I would probably max it out with Workstation loaded with multiple instances of assorted operating systems. One reason I like this laptop so much is because Firefox has not yet made an option to save all open tabs OFFLINE and load them up from cache upon restarting. I like to open 50+ tabs at the same time when doing research and then reading them later when I am out and about, most of the time being internetless. If I restart, I have to find internet access to load those pages, not always possible when out of the office. VMWare lets me start the machine right where it was before which is one of my #1 reasons why I like this machine. It runs an instance of XP 100% seamlessly with no glitches, twitches, or flinches during operation.
So DavidTx, what made you decide to settle with the dv7-2040US? Was it the fancy artwork that did you in too?
I am getting the case silkscreened with the Rebel Flag. Waiting on finishing the design of a top secret laptop mod that will revolutionize the way mobile geeks "borrow" internet when on the road and it may involve putting the HP under the dremel to make things fit. I'll post the details, and possibly the schematics and parts list when I am done. Would have been close to completed but I had to order a new Arduino board that was small enough to fit where the TV Tuner went. Going to have to figure out how to either edit HP's hardware whitelist, or spoof the TV Tuner or WIFI Card's hardware IDs. I've said too much already. >)
Also, why do you have 2 posts, -60 Credits, and have been a member since Jan 2005? :P Weird...