Friday, November 26, 2010

HP/Compaq CQ56-109M

I just picked up 3 of these little beauties for Steve's employer.

Dual boot, Windows and Ubuntu 10.10

* Intel Celeron 900 2.2Ghz x86_64
* 250G Hard Disk
* 2G DDR2 RAM
* 15.6" screen
* Intel 4500M 3D graphics
* WiFi/Cat5 ethernet
* CD/DVD DL burner
* Win7_64
* True stereo speakers

Nice machine. The web browsing move along nicely, everything just seemed to work as expected on BOTH operating systems.

The mouse worked well. The touch was good, selection by "tapping" was good. The right/left buttons were a bit stiff, but, with the tap working so well you barely notice.

The power cord come out straight, I REALLY LIKE the 90 degree bend that Acer uses.

On the Win7 side I am adding:

* Firefox 3.6
* Python 2.7, pyWin32Com, wxPython
* Microsoft Security Essentials
* CCleaner
* Defraggler

TWO major gripes.

HP/COMPAQ: Why do you need 4 partitions? Everyone else in the free world can live with 3. See Note.

MICROSOFT: If you reboot from Ubuntu into Windows, you have to shut the machine down, evidently the driver expects the BIOS to wake up the WiFi chip. If you don't, Windows will not recognize the WiFi. If you reboot from Windows into Ubuntu the problem does not exist.

Note
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Most manufacturers layout the hard drive with 3 primary partitions.
1. Boot
2. Windows
3. Recovery

This makes installing Linux easy, make partition 4 an extended partition
table and install Linux like this:

4. Extended table
5. Linux Swap
6. Linux OS
7. Linux /home