Joined on 06/12/03
Good deal after rebate.
Pros: Cheap after rebate and discount Fits on micro ATX motherboard, does not cover next PCI slot Low power consumption. AMD X2 5000, 2 GB, 250Gb HDD, DVD-RW, 19 inch LCD monitor, and this card consume 148W idle.
Cons: Nothing terribly wrong with the hardware so far. Catalyst software interfere with few USB device drivers like camera, Skype adapter. The USB device drivers were re-installed to fix the issue.
Overall Review: Is not designed for gaming. Good for viewing of movies, yourtube, MS office applications, etc.
Good Business Laptop, memory upgrade is a must
Pros: 1. Good Screen. 2. Nice Keyboard , and toachpad. 3. Ubunty 14.04 LTS x64 compartible out of the box, including WIFI and Bluetooth drivers. 4. HP UEFI bios handles dual boot of Windows 7 x64 and Ubuntu 14.04 x64. 5. Additinal SODIMM available. Works fine: Crutial 4 Gb 4GB DDR3 PC3-12800 Unbuffered NON-ECC 1.35V : CT5590715 6. Win8.1 upgrade DVD included.
Cons: 1. Windows 7 . HP - Broadcom drivers download required to make WIFI and bluetooth opertional. ( For comparison: Ubuntu 14.04 x64 works out of the box ) Workaround: use Ethernet jack for Broadcom drivers download from HP web site and initial Win7 patching. 2. HP update software works well to backup Win7 from hidden partition. And pretty much useless for anything else :-( 3. McAffe antifirus slows down laptop badly. Replaced by standard Win7 defender
Overall Review: 1. Excellent HP hardware for the price. 2. Subpar McAffe and HP software. ( McAffe is slow junk, MS embedded antivirus is much more agile :-) ) 3. Laptop is really slow with 4G RAM installed. It looks like Integrated graphics takes about 1.5 G of RAM, Win 7 pro x64 about 1G . Applications have about 1.5G to run. Obviosly not enough for professional Business use. 4. Hardware virtualization support disabled by default to avoid overheating, and extend battery life. Can be enabled in UEFI bios though.
Excellent card for the price
Pros: Excellent Linux support. Ubuntu 10.04 recognizes the card instantly. No tricky xorg.conf file or proprietary drivers downloads required. Excellent picture for HD video and old games Low power consumption. Almost silent Rebate processed successfully
Overall Review: Sure you are smart enough, and do not expect top level performance from entry level card .
Faulty power cord
Pros: Very good quality for the price, free shipping. Lot of screws. Box is roomy enough to adapt modern components, good airflow with additional fans. Exterior has been designed for tech boys ( girls do not like it :-) ).
Cons: 1. Weak power supply. Modern components require much better PS. See other thoughts also. Sad part is that case itself has been designed for powerful computer. 2. DOA power cord. Before starting of RMA process because of "faulty" power supply, try to replace power cord first. I was really surprised, how is it possible to build something wrong using only 3 wires and 6 contacts :-) Made in China , of course.
Overall Review: Power supply in fact is about 250-300W of continuous power, regardless of 400W label on it. Probably manufacturer means 400W of peak power? Anyway, PS is not suitable for modern video cards nor 125W CPU-s :-). My rig ( AMD Athlon X2 4000, 160Gb HDD, ATI Radeon X1550, cheap Biostar motherboard, 1gb DDR2-800 memory, 1 DVD-ROM) consumes about 100W from the PS, and it works just fine for about a week.