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the Compaq Presario CQ50-106AU hell - Part II, getting the laptop to work with Windows XP drivers

In my earlier post, I had specified my experiences on purchasing a Laptop. Let me take you through the second part of this hell, bringing up the laptop from being a FreeDOS system to be able to use one of our very one MS-OSes - Windows and more windows.ExpectationsMy least expectation out of buying this laptop was to get atleast a driver CD for all versions of Windows and a spec sheet containing the chipset details and details about companies making the peripherals for this laptop. Having said that I was in for a complete shock, when all HP managed to give me was a CD containing the EULA for their product. User Guides, FCC regulations, materials used in the laptop - common HP, are you kidding me? "You could have been more personal with the computer."So now no driver CDs, but still I assumed, that's ok with me and I went home and started installing Windows XP. Everything went well until I was asked to reboot the laptop.Display and Sound IssuesThe logon screen came up afte…

the Compaq Presario CQ50-106AU hell, my laptop purchase experience in Bengaluru

Its been a while I blogged, and the reason was that I was very occupied with my work I will write about what was so important in a separate post, but in the meelee, I would want to describe my laptop purchase experience - nothing short of hell.Brand choicesI had been to my favourite store Staples, and to Croma Electronics Megastore in Star Bazaar - both in Koramangala for scouting around for a laptop. I had a few choices:Acer Aspire One:This was a cheap notebook variety newly launched in India on that day with the famed Intel Atom processor (the latest in the market for low cost laptops) and this one sported 1G RAM, with windows XP, 80GIG HDD with NO optical drive. There was inbuilt wireless though. At a price of about 23,000 this was a steal and I would have directly purchased it that day. Barring for one annoying feature - they rather puny keyboard, bigger than ASUS EEEPC but smaller than regular laptop. Me having big hands this laptop was of no use for me straightaway when I tested…

Lalbagh flower show august 2008 - awesome display of brilliant flowers, hampi, agriculture styled themes, cacti and vegetable gardens and more!

I had a unique reason to go the Lalbagh 4th annual flower show this time. The last time I had been there I had the opportunity perhaps for one last time to test my Olympus digital still camera (4.0MP) - C770 UZ with images of flowers there. This time the reason was even better - a 10.2MP Canon Rebel Xti DSLR (EOS 400D) with a Tamron 18-250mm lens giving the equivalent of 14x optical zoom.There was yet another reason too - the elaborate Hampi styled theme at the flower show that caught everyone's awe. The camera did its job well, though macro shots would have come better with the Tamron Macro Lens. But since that would have set me back by another 450$, I decided to stay put with the current lens and took some interesting snaps.I liked many things in this flower show. Good floral arrangements not only in the glass house but two other separate enclosures outside including the hampi theme stuff. I also liked the fact that many medicinal plants and herbs, many vegetables, coconuts, etc…

Maruti Suzuki Swift Diesel Vdi 15000km review

A review of the Swift Diesel Vdi Diesel car can be already found on this blog. But that review is more apt for 5000km of driving. In about one year, I have now finished a little more than 15000km and feel its appropriate to continue writing an extended usage review of this beautiful and substantially powerful car.I can go on about the parts of the car, its good points, drawbacks etc just like the previous review, but would rather prefer to write some crisp points about this car having used it for one year and many thousand kilometers by now. This review could be pretty descriptive as you read on. Before I start off talking on the car, let me tell you that I have a knee-cap related problem which is getting worse day by day. This only means that I would love cars that have easy drive capability or even those that are automatic in nature of gear system. Having said this, a few points now about my Swift Diesel Vdi and its 15000km journey!Torque and Inertial forcesIf the car is in lower ge…