Originally Posted by gerryf
look for something else, please.
HP notebooks are typically WAY BEHIND the technology curve, so you end up paying more for less.
Furthermore, HP support is...well, let's be kind and say inadequate. HP believes that their computers/laptops ship in working order and people should not ever install new drivers.
They fail to provide a windows disk, instead giving you your windows installation on a hidden partition...which I generally don't have a problem with other than if your drive fails, you have no windows to replace it.
They even (or used to) "badge" their drives, so that you cannot install the windows they provide on anything but theirs (though you can clone the drive to get around this).
They have propritary hardware in desktops, and perhaps the memory in notebooks, severely limiting upgrades.
Stay away from HP/compaq
I have not used their desktops but I have a compaq presario r3340us and they include restore disks and other software. The memory is 100% upgradable.
I have installed Win XP Pro on it and it works fine.
They are not way behind the technology curve..they do offer stuff which is in line with the current trends.. they arent the ultimate gaming machines but for regular stuff (internet, word processing, ) they are upto the job. Support is outsourced just like everybody else and in my experience they were pretty ok.(middle of the pack)
You can get updated drivers from HP and they havent failed on me.
I say go with the HP.