I hope I am posting in the correct area. Maybe should have posted in System Building and Upgrading. (?) I am curious to know if anyone is familiar with Compaq Presario machines. My niece (who has had one for 7 years and loves it) has to keep her original monitor here at my house (no room for storage at hers) in case she has to "re-do" her computer because she says it won't allow her to use the flat panel monitor she NOW has. She has to hook up what origianlly came with it (in hardware) when she does a reinstall of the OS. I've heard several times that Compaq Presario is like that but I don't know if that's a true statement or not. Could it be limited to certain models, maybe? Or is it true of all compaqs? My aunt is looking to purchase a 2003 Compaq Presario (that's all the detail I have about it) and she wanted to know if that was going to be a problem with her purchase as well. Since I had no clue how to answer that (as I'd be basing it on my niece's experience alone), I thought I'd ask here.
I am also wondering if that would mean anything that was upgraded on the machine (video card, memory, replacing the fan...just to name a few things) would need to be removed and have the original stuff put back in it as well. I have looked over Compaq's website and not found anything to support that, but haven't tried to contact them as I wanted to ask around. I know sometimes you don't always get a direct answer from support. You either get the runaround or you're told you have to purchase this or that and knowing how many computer forums and experts there are out there, I wanted to ask the experts HERE first. Anybody have a clue on this? I don't want to steer her wrong. Is it bogus bullcrap to think you'd need all original hardware for a "do-over", or is it close to the truth in any part?
Edited by greenjeans63, 26 March 2008 - 02:07 PM.