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Patrick H.

Patrick H.

Joined on 06/17/08

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XP is XP

Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3 32-bit for System Builders
Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3 32-bit for System Builders

Pros: Compatible, Essential for pretty much anything you want to do on a computer, unless you really want to mess with Linux. Feels a lot faster and smoother than the SP2 i had before.

Cons: Microsoft, can be a little buggy, but nothing you can't deal with

Overall Review: I tweaked it with nLite, got rid of a ton of the worthless drivers and fancy things it comes with, slimed it down to about half of its original size. Plus got the unattended install working. I suggest to anyone with a little free time on their hands to do the same. Install a virtual machine program, and tweak XP out of its mind. Runs amazing

Amazing

Mad Catz MCB4370500B2/04/1 Black 5 Programmable Buttons and 2 regular left and right mouse buttons Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 4000 dpi R.A.T. 5 Gaming Mouse
Mad Catz MCB4370500B2/04/1 Black 5 Programmable Buttons and 2 regular left and right mouse buttons Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 4000 dpi R.A.T. 5 Gaming Mouse

Pros: comfortable, customizable, and just a pleasure to use. its one of the most comfortable mice i've ever used. The software takes a little getting used to, but is extremely powerful. you can download button mapping profiles from the website for some more popular games just to make it easier to get used to. i use them as templates and customize then to how i need.

Cons: the template profiles mentioned above are somewhat hard to find, but thats being nitpicky. takes time to adjust to how you want it.

Overall Review: amazing mouse. comfortable, easy to use once you get used to it, and all round great buy

11/26/2010

Pretty good laptop

HP Laptop Pavilion AMD Turion X2 Ultra ZM-80 (2.10GHz) 4GB Memory 400GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450 15.4" Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit dv5-1250us
HP Laptop Pavilion AMD Turion X2 Ultra ZM-80 (2.10GHz) 4GB Memory 400GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450 15.4" Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit dv5-1250us

Pros: Good battery life (with 6-cell, planning on upgrading to 12-cell soon). Fast and responsive. Keyboard feels just right. Monitor is pretty good. Vista runs O.K, especially if you tweak it. I installed Ubuntu 9.04, and everything works out of the box except the audio, which I'm still working on. Graphics card is pretty good, for a laptop. Does exactly as I want it to. Price is excellent; definitely worth it, and when I purchased it, there was a mail-in-rebate. That made it all the sweeter Acceptably light. Not the lightest laptop, but for the price and what it does, its great. Amazing hard drive space for a laptop.

Cons: Can't easily install XP (i still haven't gotten it to work). I have spent over a week trying to do this, and it just doesn't work. The BIOS has the SATA AHCI feature enabled, and does not allow you to change it. I have tried slipstreaming the drivers, installing XP on a Virtual Machine, and imaging it over, etc. The CD cant even load all the way, it BSODs. Keyboard is slightly hard to see, but since its comfortable, I can deal with it (plus, it makes you a better typer, since you cant watch your hands a lot)

Overall Review: For the average user, or a person who can deal with Vista, its a great machine. For me, I want to use Vista to learn how to make it run better, but not as my primary OS. Thats why i installed Ubuntu. I use Vista just to familiarize myself with it, and to watch movies (the remote is awesome). If you go down the Linux path, Ubuntu found everything fine (again, minus the audio), even the gig network card. I recommend downloading the graphics drivers, and playing with Compiz Fusion, not only is it pretty, but makes work (like school work or research) a lot easier with the multiple desktops, and the interface to switch between them. I know windows has many programs that offer a variety of window management, but the way this works, its just smooth as glass Biggest warning is XP. At the time of this writing, I've been told a dozen times i cannot install XP on this laptop, and i've spent the time on it to prove it. If you need XP DO NOT BUY. A Virtual Machine should work, but its not the sa

Pretty good laptop

HP Laptop Pavilion AMD Turion X2 Ultra ZM-80 (2.10GHz) 4GB Memory 400GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450 15.4" Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit dv5-1250us
HP Laptop Pavilion AMD Turion X2 Ultra ZM-80 (2.10GHz) 4GB Memory 400GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450 15.4" Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit dv5-1250us

Pros: Good battery life (with 6-cell, planning on upgrading to 12-cell soon). Fast and responsive. Keyboard feels just right. Monitor is pretty good. Vista runs O.K, especially if you tweak it. I installed Ubuntu 9.04, and everything works out of the box except the audio, which I'm still working on. Graphics card is pretty good, for a laptop. Does exactly as I want it to. Price is excellent; definitely worth it, and when I purchased it, there was a mail-in-rebate. That made it all the sweeter Acceptably light. Not the lightest laptop, but for the price and what it does, its great. Amazing hard drive space for a laptop.

Cons: Can't easily install XP (i still haven't gotten it to work). I have spent over a week trying to do this, and it just doesn't work. The BIOS has the SATA AHCI feature enabled, and does not allow you to change it. I have tried slipstreaming the drivers, installing XP on a Virtual Machine, and imaging it over, etc. The CD cant even load all the way, it BSODs. Keyboard is slightly hard to see, but since its comfortable, I can deal with it (plus, it makes you a better typer, since you cant watch your hands a lot)

Overall Review: For the average user, or a person who can deal with Vista, its a great machine. For me, I want to use Vista to learn how to make it run better, but not as my primary OS. Thats why i installed Ubuntu. I use Vista just to familiarize myself with it, and to watch movies (the remote is awesome). If you go down the Linux path, Ubuntu found everything fine (again, minus the audio), even the gig network card. I recommend downloading the graphics drivers, and playing with Compiz Fusion, not only is it pretty, but makes work (like school work or research) a lot easier with the multiple desktops, and the interface to switch between them. I know windows has many programs that offer a variety of window management, but the way this works, its just smooth as glass Biggest warning is XP. At the time of this writing, I've been told a dozen times i cannot install XP on this laptop, and i've spent the time on it to prove it. If you need XP DO NOT BUY. A Virtual Machine should work, but its not the sa