I have been reading these threads for over a month now and have decided to put in my 2Â¢ worth here.
The things that I have noticed are as follows:
1) Everyone HATES VISTA. I have only one POSITIVE thing to say about it.... "It Is PRETTY". It pesters the hell out of you. Everytime that you want to do something, you are prompted....ARE YOU SURE??? Yes, I realize that you can change this, but why should I have to. It should be defaulted to the other way....let me F***ing turn it on if I want to be hounded by the mother-in-law from hell with the spiked rolling pin. GEEZ!!!!
2) I spent more than three hours on the phone with HP when I bought my new DV6807US entertainment laptop in October 2008. They were telling me "sounded like a robot" - YOUR MACHINE DOES NOT SUPPORT XP. I got to the point where as soon as the tech said it, I asked for their supervisor. I was finally able to reach a tech that send me an e-mail with links to all of the files that I needed to get XP installed. Using an SP2 slipstreamed CD you do not need to use the SATA drivers floppy (Press F6 function during installation). Once I got XP installed, I started systematically installing the drivers to get the UNKNONW DEVICES out of the device manager. The one which was the hardest was the 1394 device. I found that I had to drop my BIOS to the F.28 level (or below) to get rid of that bastard.
3) I then used BCD Pro to re-do the VISTA boot manager so that I could use both OSes for a while, until I decided to get rid of it all together and using only XP Pro (now at SP3). I then noticed that the QUICKPLAY features of the bar across the top no longer worked, and I began my journey into the Internet again to get the software to get that working. What a task that was.
4) If HP knows that there are so many of us out there who do not want VISTA, WILL NOT USE VISTA, and want to go to XP....why do they not just create a RECOVERY CD which can be purchased (or sent for free to users still in warranty - or within the first 90 days of purchase) which will remove VISTA, and put a fully working version of XP on the machine? Would that not seem to be the logical choice???
I wanted to give UBUNTU a whirl on my laptop, and I am not finding it just as difficult to get anything out of HP for doing this installation.
I am to the point where I am going to start a CLASS-ACTION SUIT against HP. I mean I paid almost $1000 for this laptop, and G** DAMMIT, I want to run what ever F***ING Operating System on it that I want. If I am willing to buy a license to run another OS on """ MY """ F***ING HARDWARE, what gives HP the AUDACITY to tell me that you can ONLY RUN VISTA!?!?!?!
If anyone is willing to, or has also considered filing a clas-action suit against HP over this whole madness, feel free to respond.