November 2, 2005 2:21 PM Subscribe
I'm about to buy a new laptop. Is there a good way of finding out which laptops have devices on board that are noncompatible with a regular Windows install? Let me explain further, in regard to an annoying HP Omnibook I have...
posted by shannymara to Computers & Internet (6 answers total)
I have a 4-year old HP Omnibook XE3 that only sees its devices (NIC, video, mouse, etc) if I install the OS from the Win2K factory restore disc it came with. If I try to use my standard Win2K install discs, none of the devices get recognized: the OS has the appearance of Windows running in safe mode, and Device Manager & Hardware Wizard fail to find any devices at all.
Needless to say, I don't want to fall into this trap should I decide to change my OS later! Is there a list of which manufacturers do this to their systems? Is this par for the course with all manufacturers? Or is there some way I can tell what to expect from the specs? Maybe it's a BIOS thing?