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XP and HP desktops?

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Jim Meyer, Jul 2, 2004.

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  1. Jim Meyer

    Jim Meyer Guest

    I bought a refurbished HP Pavilion a305w desktop. Centrino, 2.7 GHz,
    lots of memory. It was to replace my old MMX 166 MHz Pentium running
    W98se.

    Within 5 minutes of getting it running and connecting to my
    dial-up service provider, I found one worm and one trojan on the
    system. I must conclude that they were already on the system when I
    got it even though the system went through its normal, first-time,
    setup/install routine. "Factory Fresh" with virii included?

    Given that XP Home edition is bloated, slow, and full of "Happy
    Horseshit" like little animated dogs that pop up when you click on
    "search, I wanted to put another OS on the machine and start over.

    I tried my old standby 98se and it installed but it had no clue
    how to handle the built-in things like video. Searching for 98
    drivers for the HP motherboard was useless. HP only supports XP.

    Now for the questions:

    Does anybody know who made the motherboard for HP?

    Has anybody ever installed any OS on an HP Pavilion other than
    XP?

    Is there a Linux incarnation that might work?

    Jim
     
  2. Ken Smith

    Ken Smith Guest

    Google on Linus and "HP pavilion" you'll find lots of people who have done
    it.
     
  3. Activ8

    Activ8 Guest

    It seems Linux will run on about anything, but watch out that HP
    didn't do like Compaq and cripple the BIOS. Also, if there's a
    little hidden partition on the HD, it might contain driver code -
    like a bios extension. Don't delete it if you find out that's the
    case.
     
  4. j.b. miller

    j.b. miller Guest

    Also to be aware, that HP puts XP on a hidden part of the HD on the
    Pavillion series. A call to HP or maybe their site will tell you how to
    access it to 'reformat' and reinstall their version of XP.
    I found this out after doing a true low level reformat( all zeros...) and
    putinng XP on the 'normal' way.
    Fortunately I gave that PC away and went back to W98SE.
    Jay
     
  5. Activ8

    Activ8 Guest

    Figures. I would've never bought another HP anyway, nor Compaq, or
    Gateway. Maybe Dell, but only if it's a straight shooter I can
    format, partition, and install without having to worry about bs.
     
  6. Activ8 wrote...
    All the major companies are doing this now: convenient, no recovery
    CDs required, no worry about losing them, etc. Yet when my new IBM
    laptop came this way, I was worried about a necessary repartitioning
    of its hard drive. But some basic communication with IBM freed up
    the missing WinXP CD ROMs, which I now have happily stored away.

    Thanks,
    - Win

    (email: use hill_at_rowland-dot-org for now)
     
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