01-19-2008 06:25 PM
Other than that I wish I could upgrade the Video memory to at least 256MB.
Thanks in advance,
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01-19-2008 06:55 PM
Before you do this, though, be sure to check this site for 64-bit XP drivers for your model. Life will be much easier if HP directly supports 64-bit. Otherwise, you'll probably have to learn Intel's site for finding things. :)
01-19-2008 11:07 PM
I think I remember seeing x64 XP Pro listed in the HP drive images for recovery disc sets.
01-20-2008 05:44 AM
As of right now, 64 bit Windows just does not offer much in the way of benefit. Your 32 bit software will run on it. MS Office will be fine. However, drivers for peripherals are still a problem. You are correct that most drivers for the hardware in the computer are available. www.planetamd64.com is the leading source. Some operations in Adobe Photoshop are having issues in Windows 64 bit you should be aware. Photoshop CS3 is not a 64 bit program:
AutoCAD 2008 has a 64 bit version for the first time:
As of today the fastest and best computing experience for most people on a PC is going to be good old 32 bit Windows XP Pro. There is no compelling reason to run the 64 bit version and doing so will cause enough trouble to be noticeable. Good luck with whatever you choose to do.
01-25-2008 11:27 AM
Otherwise, I have found that my desktop replacement laptop (ZD8230US) has a defective video chipset mounted on the motherboard. This is a problem with all of the ZD8000 series and not just mine. I now have three vertical lines on my beautiful 17" screen and only have the prospect of more in the future. Since the video is on the motherboard, the whole thing would need to be replaced and I would only end up with the same problem again. There are many, many unhappy campers out there with this problem and HP refuses to aknowledge it and do a recall or any other kind of offer. Eventually I will need to get an external monitor since it seems that however it drives external monitors is not affected.
I have already removed the battery for a noticeable performance increase. New batteries are not supposed to last more than a few months to a year. My big, expensive laptop PC has truly become a destop PC!
I will save my money for a replacement. I have been a loyal HP customer for many years but I will look very closely at what other companies are offering now. If anyone wonders why I don't get a more powerful and less expensive desktop - I am from New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina taught me to be more portable. For many weeks my big tower unit (HP) sat there and I worried myself 1/2 to death that looters were going to break in and take it along with everything else, tossing a match on their way out the door. I will now always use large laptops that I can easily grab and go.