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July 31, 2005 1:36:03 PM

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I bought a new laptop, but it's loaded with stuff I don't want, trial
versions of this that and the other, etc.
I was going to just reformat and go from there, but
reading the lit that came with it, it said to never put an operating system
on it
except for the one on the restore CD because if you do, things won't work
right.

Is there any truth to that? It's a Compaq V2000, AMD Turion 64

Has anybody loaded a normal OS on one with success?

thanks,

alex
July 31, 2005 2:18:49 PM

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I have done this many times on older Compaq's. however as spodo said, and
the introduction of GPS, your going to have problems getting the stuff you
forked out the dough for, to work. Maybe after a year or so someone will
have posted the drivers or have a procedure to get it done. Laptop theft is
really high, and the more they try and address this, the more proprietary
junk is going to get installed and manufacturers want to make it as useless
to a thief as possible.

"~1Alex~" <bogus@nowhere.net> wrote in message
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> I bought a new laptop, but it's loaded with stuff I don't want, trial
> versions of this that and the other, etc.
> I was going to just reformat and go from there, but
> reading the lit that came with it, it said to never put an operating
system
> on it
> except for the one on the restore CD because if you do, things won't work
> right.
>
> Is there any truth to that? It's a Compaq V2000, AMD Turion 64
>
> Has anybody loaded a normal OS on one with success?
>
> thanks,
>
> alex
>
>
July 31, 2005 4:33:03 PM

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if you wanted to change a laptops OS you should have bought an IBM or Dell
"~1Alex~" <bogus@nowhere.net> wrote in message
news:w7udnbfkfO5fTnHfRVn-vg@comcast.com...
>I bought a new laptop, but it's loaded with stuff I don't want, trial
>versions of this that and the other, etc.
> I was going to just reformat and go from there, but
> reading the lit that came with it, it said to never put an operating
> system on it
> except for the one on the restore CD because if you do, things won't work
> right.
>
> Is there any truth to that? It's a Compaq V2000, AMD Turion 64
>
> Has anybody loaded a normal OS on one with success?
>
> thanks,
>
> alex
>
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Anonymous
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July 31, 2005 10:09:03 PM

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"~1Alex~" <bogus@nowhere.net> wrote in message
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>I bought a new laptop, but it's loaded with stuff I don't want, trial
>versions of this that and the other, etc.
> I was going to just reformat and go from there, but
> reading the lit that came with it, it said to never put an operating
> system on it
> except for the one on the restore CD because if you do, things won't work
> right.
>
> Is there any truth to that? It's a Compaq V2000, AMD Turion 64
>
> Has anybody loaded a normal OS on one with success?
>
> thanks,
>
> alex
>

There may be driver issues
Anonymous
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July 31, 2005 11:42:44 PM

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"~1Alex~" <bogus@nowhere.net> wrote in message
news:w7udnbfkfO5fTnHfRVn-vg@comcast.com...
>I bought a new laptop, but it's loaded with stuff I don't want, trial
>versions of this that and the other, etc.
> I was going to just reformat and go from there, but
> reading the lit that came with it, it said to never put an operating
> system on it
> except for the one on the restore CD because if you do, things won't work
> right.
>
> Is there any truth to that? It's a Compaq V2000, AMD Turion 64
>
> Has anybody loaded a normal OS on one with success?

You might see if HP's support site has specific directions on either how to
install NOT from the recovery CD or an inventory of drivers needed.
I've never had a Compaq or HP notebook, but for the IBM ones I've had I've
always found the inventory of proprietary/unique drives at IBM's support
site.
Anonymous
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August 1, 2005 2:16:58 AM

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~1Alex~ wrote:
> I bought a new laptop, but it's loaded with stuff I don't want, trial
> versions of this that and the other, etc.
> I was going to just reformat and go from there, but
> reading the lit that came with it, it said to never put an operating system
> on it
> except for the one on the restore CD because if you do, things won't work
> right.
>
> Is there any truth to that? It's a Compaq V2000, AMD Turion 64
>
> Has anybody loaded a normal OS on one with success?
>
> thanks,
>
> alex
>
>

The restore disks may have certain proprietary drivers from Compaq. Why
not just uninstall the programs you don't want? I do understand about
your desire to start with a 'clean slate' though.

Ari

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Anonymous
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August 1, 2005 2:16:59 AM

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"spodosaurus" <spodosaurus@_yahoo_.com> wrote in message
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> ~1Alex~ wrote:
>> I bought a new laptop, but it's loaded with stuff I don't want, trial
>> versions of this that and the other, etc.
>> I was going to just reformat and go from there, but
>> reading the lit that came with it, it said to never put an operating
>> system on it
>> except for the one on the restore CD because if you do, things won't work
>> right.
>>
>> Is there any truth to that? It's a Compaq V2000, AMD Turion 64
>>
>> Has anybody loaded a normal OS on one with success?
>>
>> thanks,
>>
>> alex
>
> The restore disks may have certain proprietary drivers from Compaq. Why
> not just uninstall the programs you don't want? I do understand about your
> desire to start with a 'clean slate' though.

Although, s/he may want to put 64bit windows on it.

MC
Anonymous
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August 1, 2005 3:01:42 AM

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ModeratelyConfused wrote:
> "spodosaurus" <spodosaurus@_yahoo_.com> wrote in message
> news:42ecde12$1@quokka.wn.com.au...
>
>>~1Alex~ wrote:
>>
>>>I bought a new laptop, but it's loaded with stuff I don't want, trial
>>>versions of this that and the other, etc.
>>>I was going to just reformat and go from there, but
>>>reading the lit that came with it, it said to never put an operating
>>>system on it
>>>except for the one on the restore CD because if you do, things won't work
>>>right.
>>>
>>>Is there any truth to that? It's a Compaq V2000, AMD Turion 64
>>>
>>>Has anybody loaded a normal OS on one with success?
>>>
>>>thanks,
>>>
>>>alex
>>
>>The restore disks may have certain proprietary drivers from Compaq. Why
>>not just uninstall the programs you don't want? I do understand about your
>>desire to start with a 'clean slate' though.
>
>
> Although, s/he may want to put 64bit windows on it.
>
> MC
>
>

If there's proprietary Compaq hardware in that laptop, they may not have
released drivers for it for download at all, much less for the 64 bit
windows (will new drivers be needed or will there be a driver
'compatibility mode' sort of deal?)

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I'm going to die rather sooner than I'd like. I tried to protect my
neighbours from crime, and became the victim of it. Complications in
hospital following this resulted in a serious illness. I now need a bone
marrow transplant. Many people around the world are waiting for a marrow
transplant, too. Please volunteer to be a marrow donor:
http://www.abmdr.org.au/
http://www.marrow.org/
Anonymous
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August 1, 2005 3:01:43 AM

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spodosaurus <spodosaurus@_yahoo_.com> wrote:

....
> If there's proprietary Compaq hardware in that laptop, they may
> not have released drivers for it for download at all,

Really? Not on a driver/restore/recovery disk either?






much less for the 64 bit
> windows (will new drivers be needed or will there be a driver
> 'compatibility mode' sort of deal?)
>
August 1, 2005 3:01:43 AM

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spodosaurus wrote in message <42ece88e$1@quokka.wn.com.au>...
>ModeratelyConfused wrote:
>> "spodosaurus" <spodosaurus@_yahoo_.com> wrote in message
>> news:42ecde12$1@quokka.wn.com.au...
>>>~1Alex~ wrote:
>>>
>>>>Is there any truth to that? It's a Compaq V2000, AMD Turion 64
>>>>
>>>>Has anybody loaded a normal OS on one with success?
>>>>
>>>>thanks,
>>>>alex

Why not call Compaq and ask them why they got paid for a computer that
microslut owns? Ask them if there is any reason you could not replace their
OS with GNU/Linux?
Even if you don't want to install GNU/Linux, the answer to that question
should give a clue about 'proprietary drivers from Compaq'.

Sorry spodosaurus, I didn't have the OPs OP. Thanks for the use of your
post.
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microgiant!!
Anonymous
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August 1, 2005 5:07:38 AM

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John Doe wrote:
> spodosaurus <spodosaurus@_yahoo_.com> wrote:
>
> ...
>
>>If there's proprietary Compaq hardware in that laptop, they may
>>not have released drivers for it for download at all,
>
>
> Really? Not on a driver/restore/recovery disk either?

Assuming the OP is able to dig them off the disk images on the recovery
disk. Are you going to talk him through that?

>
>
>
>
>
>
> much less for the 64 bit
>
>>windows (will new drivers be needed or will there be a driver
>>'compatibility mode' sort of deal?)
>>
>
>


--
spammage trappage: replace fishies_ with yahoo

I'm going to die rather sooner than I'd like. I tried to protect my
neighbours from crime, and became the victim of it. Complications in
hospital following this resulted in a serious illness. I now need a bone
marrow transplant. Many people around the world are waiting for a marrow
transplant, too. Please volunteer to be a marrow donor:
http://www.abmdr.org.au/
http://www.marrow.org/
Anonymous
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August 1, 2005 8:38:33 AM

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"~1Alex~" <bogus@nowhere.net> wrote in message
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>
> I bought a new laptop, but it's loaded with stuff I don't want, trial
> versions of this that and the other, etc.
> I was going to just reformat and go from there, but
> reading the lit that came with it, it said to never put an operating
> system on it
> except for the one on the restore CD because if you do, things won't work
> right.
>
> Is there any truth to that? It's a Compaq V2000, AMD Turion 64
>
> Has anybody loaded a normal OS on one with success?
>
> thanks,
>
> alex

I remember buying a comcrap laptop a few years ago, and at that time all the
system recovery disk did was point to a hidden partition on the hard drive
from which to copy everything from. Unfortunately I was not aware of this
when i Fdisked/formated away an overburdened winME installation (why oh why
oh why must computer manufactures insist on installing loads of software
that the buyer didnt' order?). Had to pay fifteen bux and wait a week to
get fully functional Restoration CDs... which conviniently enough were not
in a format to include windows install CD's. Fortunately that computer took
a big dump shortly afterwards and i was able to return it to bestbuy and
exchange for an HP that had everything i needed on its "recovery cd's",
except for the OS, which i had an install CD for from another computer, just
put the HP;s cd key in during installation. Another thing i liked about HP
was the website had ALL the drivers needed, even when XP became available
they had the new drivers for it. I can STILL go on there and get drivers
for my laptop five years later! After going to the HP I can never go back
go compaq, they left a bad taste in my mouth, and now that HP owns compaq,
dont know if I'm going to be willing to get an HP either. Next time I guess
It'll be Dell or IBM.

First thing i'd check would be the comcrap website, see if it has all the
drivers you need, and i'd be surprised. Then i'd load the "recovery CD's"
and see if the drivers are on the disks in an format that you can redilly
use (doubtful). It's rare that a you can't install a different/clean OS on
any system, however the companies may be to cheap to offer adequate driver
support, in which case you really have to hunt for drivers to get full
function out of the system. Almost be nice if we could go back to the day
of installing our OWN OS on a computer we buy, and those without the skills
can pay extra to have it put on for them at the factory. Don't think ANYONE
offers an option to buy the computer without an OS anymore. Which is why i
homebuild desktops, and dread the day my HP laptop finally dies, cus they
arent' exactly a practical project for a homebuilder.
Anonymous
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August 1, 2005 10:14:34 AM

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"fj" <jelenko@att.net> wrote:
> "~1Alex~" <bogus@nowhere.net> wrote in message

>>I bought a new laptop, but it's loaded with stuff I don't want,
>>trial versions of this that and the other, etc.
>> I was going to just reformat and go from there, but
>> reading the lit that came with it, it said to never put an
>> operating system on it
>> except for the one on the restore CD because if you do, things
>> won't work right.

I would like to read the exact wording of that.

>> Has anybody loaded a normal OS on one with success?

> You might see if HP's support site has specific directions on
> either how to install NOT from the recovery CD or an inventory
> of drivers needed. I've never had a Compaq or HP notebook, but
> for the IBM ones I've had I've always found the inventory of
> proprietary/unique drives at IBM's support site.

One would think so. Dell even includes its desktop PC hardware
drivers online.

They might be on one of the included CDs.

Being a laptop, I guess they are proprietary drivers, but that
doesn't mean you won't find them on Compaq's web site.

There was a time when Compaq might have been a renegade PC maker,
but I think that has changed.

Another possibility is an installation that does not include all
of the "trial versions".

If all else fails, maybe do a fresh install and use some program
to remove any unwanted software.
Anonymous
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August 1, 2005 10:25:54 AM

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"BobR" <RemoveBadBobR@worldnet.att.net> wrote:

....
> Ask them if there is any reason you could not replace their
> OS with GNU/Linux?

When ever, if ever somebody follows advice like that, Microsoft
racks up gobs of public relations points resulting from the
extreme user frustration.

Microsoft appreciates your help.

> Even if you don't want to install GNU/Linux, the answer to that
> question should give a clue about 'proprietary drivers from
> Compaq'.

Good luck finding Linux drivers for hundreds of common Windows PC
peripherals.

"Somewhere, over the rainbow... la la la"

> To the U.S. Senate: Let's go ahead with that monopoly lawsuit
> against the microgiant!!

In the current political climate, not a chance.





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"nooneimportant" <no.spam@me> wrote in message
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>
>
> "~1Alex~" <bogus@nowhere.net> wrote in message
> news:w7udnbfkfO5fTnHfRVn-vg@comcast.com...
> >
> > I bought a new laptop, but it's loaded with stuff I don't want, trial
> > versions of this that and the other, etc.
> > I was going to just reformat and go from there, but
> > reading the lit that came with it, it said to never put an operating
> > system on it
> > except for the one on the restore CD because if you do, things won't
work
> > right.
> >
> > Is there any truth to that? It's a Compaq V2000, AMD Turion 64
> >
> > Has anybody loaded a normal OS on one with success?
> >
> > thanks,
> >
> > alex
>
> I remember buying a comcrap laptop a few years ago, and at that time all
the
> system recovery disk did was point to a hidden partition on the hard drive
> from which to copy everything from. Unfortunately I was not aware of this
> when i Fdisked/formated away an overburdened winME installation (why oh
why
> oh why must computer manufactures insist on installing loads of software
> that the buyer didnt' order?). Had to pay fifteen bux and wait a week to
> get fully functional Restoration CDs... which conviniently enough were not
> in a format to include windows install CD's. Fortunately that computer
took
> a big dump shortly afterwards and i was able to return it to bestbuy and
> exchange for an HP that had everything i needed on its "recovery cd's",
> except for the OS, which i had an install CD for from another computer,
just
> put the HP;s cd key in during installation. Another thing i liked about
HP
> was the website had ALL the drivers needed, even when XP became available
> they had the new drivers for it. I can STILL go on there and get drivers
> for my laptop five years later! After going to the HP I can never go back
> go compaq, they left a bad taste in my mouth, and now that HP owns compaq,
> dont know if I'm going to be willing to get an HP either. Next time I
guess
> It'll be Dell or IBM.
>
> First thing i'd check would be the comcrap website, see if it has all the
> drivers you need, and i'd be surprised. Then i'd load the "recovery CD's"
> and see if the drivers are on the disks in an format that you can redilly
> use (doubtful). It's rare that a you can't install a different/clean OS
on
> any system, however the companies may be to cheap to offer adequate driver
> support, in which case you really have to hunt for drivers to get full
> function out of the system. Almost be nice if we could go back to the day
> of installing our OWN OS on a computer we buy, and those without the
skills


that will happen...and it will be on an EPROM / BIOS similar chip that you
will plug in


> can pay extra to have it put on for them at the factory. Don't think
ANYONE
> offers an option to buy the computer without an OS anymore. Which is why
i
> homebuild desktops, and dread the day my HP laptop finally dies, cus they
> arent' exactly a practical project for a homebuilder.
>
>
>
Anonymous
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In article <w7udnbfkfO5fTnHfRVn-vg@comcast.com>, ~1Alex~ says...
> I bought a new laptop, but it's loaded with stuff I don't want, trial
> versions of this that and the other, etc.
> I was going to just reformat and go from there, but
> reading the lit that came with it, it said to never put an operating system
> on it
> except for the one on the restore CD because if you do, things won't work
> right.
>
> Is there any truth to that? It's a Compaq V2000, AMD Turion 64
>
> Has anybody loaded a normal OS on one with success?
>
There's no truth whatsoever. Just install the OS and download the
Softpaqs from the support page for your laptop to give you the drivers
and touchpad/hotkey software.


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~1Alex~ wrote:

> I bought a new laptop, but it's loaded with stuff I don't want, trial
> versions of this that and the other, etc.
> I was going to just reformat and go from there, but
> reading the lit that came with it, it said to never put an operating system
> on it
> except for the one on the restore CD because if you do, things won't work
> right.
>
> Is there any truth to that? It's a Compaq V2000, AMD Turion 64
>
> Has anybody loaded a normal OS on one with success?
>
> thanks,
>
> alex
>
>

Gee whiz. From all the driver 'speculation' you'd think no one has an
internet connection.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareList?dlc=en&...

And if yours is one of the other gazillion variants of 'v2000' the drivers
are on the web site for them as well.

The "it might not work right" is just their way of saying don't call them
with questions if you're not using what they put on it because that's all
tech support is going to know, if that.
Anonymous
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August 2, 2005 12:46:23 PM

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The original author was correctly pointed to Compaq's web site to
search for the drivers.

Conor even gave specific instructions:
"Softpaqs from the support page for your laptop"

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> ~1Alex~ wrote:
>
>> I bought a new laptop, but it's loaded with stuff I don't want, trial
>> versions of this that and the other, etc.
>> I was going to just reformat and go from there, but
>> reading the lit that came with it, it said to never put an operating system
>> on it
>> except for the one on the restore CD because if you do, things won't work
>> right.
>>
>> Is there any truth to that? It's a Compaq V2000, AMD Turion 64
>>
>> Has anybody loaded a normal OS on one with success?
>>
>> thanks,
>>
>> alex
>>
>>
>
> Gee whiz. From all the driver 'speculation' you'd think no one has an
> internet connection.
>
> http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareList?dlc=en&...
>
> And if yours is one of the other gazillion variants of 'v2000' the drivers
> are on the web site for them as well.
>
> The "it might not work right" is just their way of saying don't call them
> with questions if you're not using what they put on it because that's all
> tech support is going to know, if that.
>
>
>
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
a b D Laptop
August 2, 2005 4:12:00 PM

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Thanks for all the replies and pointers on this. Indeed, I found what
appears to be all the drivers for the machine on the compaq website.

Yes, it's a variaion of the V2000 laptop. Incidently, it works great so
far, and has a very bright screen. I hadn't realized how dull the screen
was on my old HP!

The deal I got on it was at Best Buy for $700 after rebates. It has a 14"
screen but it's not a normal aspect ration, it's wider then normal, fully
12" wide, xphome, 1.6gig cpu, 512 mb ram, 60 gig hard drive, DVD player / CD
R-W optical, 2 usb 2's, wifi g, card reader for 5 different kinds of cards,
one cia slot or whatever you call it, 56k modem, and an ethernet port, and
mike in and audio out. The sound is also impressive for such tiny speakers.
Also has video out, s-video port, and the hp docking port thing. Oh yeah,
and a firewire port.

Thanks again to everybody who took the time to clue me in. It was a real
education.

alex
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
a b D Laptop
August 4, 2005 7:32:58 PM

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"~Avery Anderson~" <bogus@nowhere.net> wrote in message
news:NKednbfZ27DGBnLfRVn-jQ@comcast.com...
> Thanks for all the replies and pointers on this. Indeed, I found what
> appears to be all the drivers for the machine on the compaq website.
>
> Yes, it's a variaion of the V2000 laptop. Incidently, it works great so
> far, and has a very bright screen. I hadn't realized how dull the screen
> was on my old HP!
>
> The deal I got on it was at Best Buy for $700 after rebates. It has a 14"
> screen but it's not a normal aspect ration, it's wider then normal, fully
> 12" wide, xphome, 1.6gig cpu, 512 mb ram, 60 gig hard drive, DVD player /
> CD R-W optical, 2 usb 2's, wifi g, card reader for 5 different kinds of
> cards, one cia slot or whatever you call it, 56k modem, and an ethernet
> port, and mike in and audio out. The sound is also impressive for such
> tiny speakers. Also has video out, s-video port, and the hp docking port
> thing. Oh yeah, and a firewire port.
>
> Thanks again to everybody who took the time to clue me in. It was a real
> education.
>
> alex

On my last two laptops I formatted and installed XP Pro on them after going
to the manufacturers web site and getting the correct drivers. One was a
Sony Vaio and the last was a Toshiba. I put the drivers on a usb thumb drive
and just pointed XP there for the drivers. Both went just fine. The XP disks
were OEM that I had in inventory but since I have scaled back (retired)
building systems, I decided to use them for something.....:-). Since I
mainly use the laptops on photo shoots and for sitting out on the back deck
in the morning reading the email and news, I didn't need the plethora of
garbage that most laptop makers stick on their systems.

Ed
>
>
>
>
>
August 4, 2005 8:36:01 PM

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~1Alex~ wrote:
> I bought a new laptop, but it's loaded with stuff I don't want, trial
> versions of this that and the other, etc.
> I was going to just reformat and go from there, but
> reading the lit that came with it, it said to never put an operating system
> on it
> except for the one on the restore CD because if you do, things won't work
> right.
>
> Is there any truth to that? It's a Compaq V2000, AMD Turion 64
>
> Has anybody loaded a normal OS on one with success?
>
> thanks,
>
> alex
>
>
As long as you have the recovery disks it doesn't matter. You can
always return the system to how it was when you first got it.
August 4, 2005 8:38:09 PM

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John Doe wrote:

> Good luck finding Linux drivers for hundreds of common Windows PC
> peripherals.
>
> "Somewhere, over the rainbow... la la la"
>

Sounds like you haven't visited a current Linux distro.
!