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I had written earlier regarding an 820GM media center computer from Best
Buy...So far I was going to keep, return, keep, return. Now I am at the
return stage again. I just realized the only way to restore this computer
is to use the restore disk which is a ghost image that returns to factory
config. I called Gateway and they said that is the only way to restore os
or anything else. I explained that I don't use AOL or Money etc and don't
want them on the system and shouldn't have to reinstall, lose everything I
put on and then still have to remove junk. Basically too bad. My first
thought is to get a copy of XP (illegal, I know) install and use. However I
would still have to get drivers as they are part of the image also. Since I
have no tech specs, I can't just go to the website. So I am back to square
one. I understand the piracy problem, but there must be another way.
My question is ---If I order a computer direct from Gateway, do they still
ship with the os on a separate disk, drivers on one and applications on one
as in the past, or is it one ghost image to restore to factory system only
option? Gateway tech said they don't ship disks but images on the hard
drive to create your own (even that is ok with me) but those disks would
then be as above. OS - drivers- applications. Before I order another I
want to be sure.
It seems as tho all the manufactures are going to a ghost (or like) image as
the only option. I checked on Dell newsgroup and saw similar messages. If
that is the only way, I would rather build my own.
I know this is long but any help would be appreciated.
Thanks
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.gateway2000 (More info?)

    Pam wrote:
    <snippity>
    > It seems as tho all the manufactures are going to a ghost (or like) image as
    > the only option. I checked on Dell newsgroup and saw similar messages. If
    > that is the only way, I would rather build my own.
    > I know this is long but any help would be appreciated.
    > Thanks
    >


    Pam,

    It is my impression that "recovery cds" are here to stay. Building your
    own can be both educational and rewarding (and sometimes heartbreaking).
    IIf you go that route, just make sure you have access to the web and
    know where all the groups with similar hardware hangout.

    Enkidu
  2. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.gateway2000 (More info?)

    Buy yourself a program like Ghost that creates a drive image. Once you get
    your computer set up the way you want it create your own back CDs. You can
    do this every once in a while as you add things. Another thing I recommend
    is to get Partition Magic and partition your drive so you can keep your data
    files on a separate partition from the OS. This won't help if you have a
    hard drive failure but it will if you have to reformat for other reasons.
    You'll have a hard time finding a computer that isn't set up this way
    anymore.

    "Pam" <me@home.com> wrote in message
    news:1GJid.115064$5v2.3845@fe2.columbus.rr.com...
    I had written earlier regarding an 820GM media center computer from Best
    Buy...So far I was going to keep, return, keep, return. Now I am at the
    return stage again. I just realized the only way to restore this computer
    is to use the restore disk which is a ghost image that returns to factory
    config. I called Gateway and they said that is the only way to restore os
    or anything else. I explained that I don't use AOL or Money etc and don't
    want them on the system and shouldn't have to reinstall, lose everything I
    put on and then still have to remove junk. Basically too bad. My first
    thought is to get a copy of XP (illegal, I know) install and use. However I
    would still have to get drivers as they are part of the image also. Since I
    have no tech specs, I can't just go to the website. So I am back to square
    one. I understand the piracy problem, but there must be another way.
    My question is ---If I order a computer direct from Gateway, do they still
    ship with the os on a separate disk, drivers on one and applications on one
    as in the past, or is it one ghost image to restore to factory system only
    option? Gateway tech said they don't ship disks but images on the hard
    drive to create your own (even that is ok with me) but those disks would
    then be as above. OS - drivers- applications. Before I order another I
    want to be sure.
    It seems as tho all the manufactures are going to a ghost (or like) image as
    the only option. I checked on Dell newsgroup and saw similar messages. If
    that is the only way, I would rather build my own.
    I know this is long but any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks
  3. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.gateway2000 (More info?)

    If the Gatway restore DVD's are like the Emachines ones (should be), the
    drivers are available on the disk itself. Try putting the disk in while
    running in windows to see if it pops up anything about drivers.

    "Pam" <me@home.com> wrote in message
    news:1GJid.115064$5v2.3845@fe2.columbus.rr.com...
    >I had written earlier regarding an 820GM media center computer from Best
    >Buy...So far I was going to keep, return, keep, return. Now I am at the
    >return stage again. I just realized the only way to restore this computer
    >is to use the restore disk which is a ghost image that returns to factory
    >config. I called Gateway and they said that is the only way to restore os
    >or anything else. I explained that I don't use AOL or Money etc and don't
    >want them on the system and shouldn't have to reinstall, lose everything I
    >put on and then still have to remove junk. Basically too bad. My first
    >thought is to get a copy of XP (illegal, I know) install and use. However
    >I would still have to get drivers as they are part of the image also.
    >Since I have no tech specs, I can't just go to the website. So I am back
    >to square one. I understand the piracy problem, but there must be another
    >way.
    > My question is ---If I order a computer direct from Gateway, do they still
    > ship with the os on a separate disk, drivers on one and applications on
    > one as in the past, or is it one ghost image to restore to factory system
    > only option? Gateway tech said they don't ship disks but images on the
    > hard drive to create your own (even that is ok with me) but those disks
    > would then be as above. OS - drivers- applications. Before I order
    > another I want to be sure.
    > It seems as tho all the manufactures are going to a ghost (or like) image
    > as the only option. I checked on Dell newsgroup and saw similar messages.
    > If that is the only way, I would rather build my own.
    > I know this is long but any help would be appreciated.
    > Thanks
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.gateway2000 (More info?)

    On Fri, 05 Nov 2004 08:08:14 -0500, Enkidu <Enkidu@spamblock.net>
    wrote:

    >Pam wrote:
    ><snippity>
    >> It seems as tho all the manufactures are going to a ghost (or like) image as
    >> the only option. I checked on Dell newsgroup and saw similar messages. If
    >> that is the only way, I would rather build my own.
    >> I know this is long but any help would be appreciated.
    >> Thanks
    >
    >Pam,
    >
    >It is my impression that "recovery cds" are here to stay. Building your
    >own can be both educational and rewarding (and sometimes heartbreaking).
    >IIf you go that route, just make sure you have access to the web and
    >know where all the groups with similar hardware hangout.
    >
    >Enkidu

    To add to this - If you are going to build, do it half way. Look for
    a assembler, such as/but limited to Monarch computers, that will
    assemble "AND TEST" the MB, CPU/Fan, and RAM for you. You may or may
    not want them to put it into a case of your choice. The key here is
    testing these major components before they reach you. Also think of
    spending a little more for "box" components that have the full
    manufacturers warranty. The few dollars you spend over OEM parts can
    be well worth it in the long run if you are a novice.
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