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Old 09-16-2008, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I'd be surprised if its true that xp cant be installed on it. We run xp on (at this point) 300 or so Toshibas that originally came with vista that we 'downgrade' to xp. No problems so far. But we dont use HP so i cant say.
If you wanted to run the mac, what you want should run in bootcamp just fine. I have a customer that now runs 100% on her mac in bootcamp with xp, for autodesk. She'd had some flaky pc laptops and heard macs were better, and asked me if it could be done, so I did it. And shes happy with it. It runs faster than any of her old laptops did. She runs xp sp2 on a macbook pro. I think its Autodesk 2008.
The $230-300 price is in the ballpark. It can easily take 4 hours to do. The software is on top. If they are selling you pirated software you may be asking for trouble later. If its someone Volume key, well you probably wont have problems later, but may.
Ive never had trouble setting up a sata drive in xp. As long as the driver is out there it should work. Its just an extra step. If your hp has funny buttons and extra hardware features, they may not be supported in xp. (like dells new silly video screen on the case)
You can download a program like this, which will give you all kinds of information about your computer.

Windows Version: Windows XP (5.1.2600) Home
License Information: TOSHIBA A55S306
Product ID: 55277-OEM-0011903-00111
Product Key: WDHPC-6WZPF-W3R3L-J2VF4-JFP2W
System Name: Satellite A55
Processor Name: Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.50GHz
Videocard Name: Intel(R) 82852/82855 GM/GME Graphics Controller
Installed Memory: 2,030.80 MB
Default Printer: HP DeskJet 840C/841C/842C/843C
Number of Installed Programs: 298 programs
Number of Running Processes: 61 processes
Internet Explorer Version: 7.0.5730.11 (0)
DirectX Version: 4.09.00.0904
Office Version: 11.0.8173.0

And that's just for starters.

PS: I did alter my product key a bit...
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Old 09-17-2008, 02:29 AM
 
Location: United Kingdom
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I've just checked up more about the laptop, and there are 31 Vista drivers and 4 XP drivers. So that tells me that either XP supports all but four of the components of the laptop, or that HP really do not want XP put on their laptops.
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Old 09-17-2008, 03:48 PM
 
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I've just checked up more about the laptop, and there are 31 Vista drivers and 4 XP drivers. So that tells me that either XP supports all but four of the components of the laptop, or that HP really do not want XP put on their laptops.
I'm going to go with answer #2 on that one. If anything, I'd expect there to be more XP drivers since Vista is newer and supports more hardware out of the box and through Windows Update than XP does. I think HP's just lazy and doesn't give a damn about its customers in general or specifically anyone who wants to install XP.
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Northglenn, Colorado
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I'm going to go with answer #2 on that one. If anything, I'd expect there to be more XP drivers since Vista is newer and supports more hardware out of the box and through Windows Update than XP does. I think HP's just lazy and doesn't give a damn about its customers in general or specifically anyone who wants to install XP.
I would say #2 as well. We have a printer that was released just before Vista was released. Well, HP felt it was in their best intrest to NOT develop a Vista driver for the printer, this was 2 months before the known Vista release date, brand new printer. I DO not like HP
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Old 09-18-2008, 08:17 AM
 
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Damn, I should have just forked out the doe and gotten a MAC.
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