Posted 15 January 2008 - 05:55 AM
Tried 100 things and said screw it. Got the restore disks from my friend today, all seven of them, and put this POS to bed. After getting her "beautiful HP/Compaq" to work, I was more convinced than ever that I'd never own one, never recco one...wouldn't even make a good boat anchor. After it finally installed all its proprietary BS, I went thru and cleaned it out big time, so adios to every manufacturer of the kind of crap you load on the unsuspecting public. If she wants the Corporate XP OS I have, I'll set it up to dual boot and she can pick the one she wants, while retaining driver/proprietary functionality.
Lucky for me, every system I've had for nearly 20 years was custom built from the ground up, meaning I picked every last component, and NO BS software entered into the equation. That's not to say I haven't seen this problem before now, as I've redone many systems for family, friends, and others. Yet HP/Compaq takes the cake for pure BS systems, IMHO.
On an aside, HP used to make killer printers - and I had MANY in my agency - but now they're nothing but a stock market driven source of INK revenue, since that's where the money is after the initial sale. I have a $500 model that is constantly wanting "a new cyan... a new magenta" and I hardly use the damn thing. It's got SIX dinky ink cartridges, which cost $60-80 to replace, while their little used ink vanishes faster than a fart in a tornado.
Fortunately for me, my experience with computers goes back to the Commodore Vic20 (early 1980s) and most everything in-between, and that is juxtapositioned against the reality of the need for corporations to "post profits/show growth." Sorry, HP, but I've traded stock for 20+ years, and see right through your crap. While I can assure you I wouldn't buy any computer system from you, Dell, Gateway, and the other shlumps, I was for years loyal to your printers. Ah, that would be, "Not again."
I was going to shut up and go to bed, but know this: I remember HP when they had just two ink cartridges, both easily refilled. While I went through a ton of ink with my Ad Agency, this wasn't a problem because HP was USER FRIENDLY at the time. And I'm not talking about just B&W refill, as I printed TONS of stuff in full color, including photos, GPX elements, etc. TRY AND DO THAT TODAY WITH THE BS SYSTEMS HP OFFERS NOW! GOOD LUCK!! HP went the way of Canon, as in a very expensive printer I purchased a few years ago, which I hated with a passion. Perenially "out of ink" -- one cartridge or another -- and after doing little to no real printing.
The salient point is, the former stalwarts are nothing but junk, laden with every bit of crap to generate REVENUE. Build your own computer, install your own software, and look at Kodak for excellent print quality with low cost to operate.