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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2006
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This computer came equipped with a few decent parts and a long list of annoying features.

On the plus side, it's energy efficient and doesn't produce much heat, has quiet fans and the hard drive, and came preloaded with Windows XP. Those were the major attributes I wanted, andI'll likely keep the machine. However, getting it to an acceptable configuration will be a major project.

* It's graphics controller is poor, integrated into the mother board, and has no DVI port. Fortunately, there are available slots to allow an upgrade.

* Besides the operating system and Norton AV, the preloaded software is either subpar or useless. I'd recommend taking the time to remove the useless and advertising software, to keep it from loading at the start and taking up the memory.

* I was astonished to find the statement on HP web site that all of HP INKJET PRINTERS WILL BE INCOMPATIBLE WITH NEWER HP COMPUTERS running the 64-bit Win-XP! However, I did manage to load an older driver for my HP PhotoJet after several attempts.

* The included DVD-R dirve is the only removable media device, seems to be of poor quality and beginning to make funny noises. I am planning to add a DVD-ROM drive as a backup.

Overall, my level of satisfaction with this system could be worth another star or two, if the useless software and adware came as an option rather than preloaded (and that's at no extra cost to HP).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Purchased with super saver shipping the cmputer was delivered very quickly. Thank you, Amazon! Out of the box there was a problem - operating system not loaded. A call to HP producedd an immediate response from a pleasant and very knowledgable rep who patiienty led me through the steps needed to get the machine running. It runs well and I am satisfied with my purchase except for one thing. The specs indicate the presence of a parallel port which is not on my machine. Attempting to connect my IBM 4029 printer with the aid of a USB/Parallel port adapter failed. The Rhapsody program does not work it claims I am not connected to the Internet but I am confident in HPs ability to solve this when I choose to call them. Overall OK and I look forward to trying to fill that huge hard drive.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2006
HP confirms, no parallel port on this machine. Of course, I knew that, having bought it already. But it's a well-specified machine and is a good deal at $600. Considering that the machine has 7 USB ports and 2 FireWire ports, the missing parallel port isn't a connectivity issue, only a cost issue, as you can easily buy a USB-parallel cable. (Amazon.com sells one for $9.99.) Some things that I like a lot about the machine are that it's very quiet and has very crisp, high-quality video output.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2007
HP support should be called non-support. I have bought a lot of HP products in the past but have always been lucky enough to have them all hold up through the warranty period until now. Bought a Pavilion Media Center PC with lightscribe and less than 5 months later the lightscribe dvd died. Do they get me a replacement or just a run around? You got it....the run around. I will never and I advise everyone else not to buy from HP until they can prove to stand by their warranties.
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on January 12, 2008
Perhaps I love this computer because I have upgraded it so much, but as I recall, it was pretty fast out of the box. It runs XP by default without any issues, but I upgraded to the 64-bit Vista Home Premium, 3GB of RAM and upgraded the video to an ATI Radeon X1050. With the additions, this computer went from fast to a real workhorse. It's not a Mac Pro obviously, but it is more than sufficient for any consumer's needs.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2006
I bought this computer a couple of months ago and it has really worked well. I particularly like how quiet it is....compared to my last machine, this is virtually silent. The hard drive and ram are sufficient even for some gaming, although I use it mostly for running a business. Fast performance.
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