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Vanity Help: Just Purchased a new laptop with Vista Installed
01/03/2007 | me

Posted on 02/03/2007 5:47:08 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY

I just purchased a new laptop for the 17 yearold as she enters her senior year in highschool. Its a very cool Compaq model. The box that it came in has a big sticker on the side that says "Do Not Sell Until Janruary 30th 2007".

Vista.

Its running the new Vista system. So far it runs good. No problems have arised.

My question is with the wireless router that I bought and connected to my desktop. So far the router works great and the internet is working fine. From what I gather, I can also use the router to enable the laptop to use the printer that is hooked to the desktop. Is this true?

I also have an obsticle ~ the printer software is made for Windows XP. How would I go about getting the laptop with Vista to read the sotware for the printer? I have a HP printer. Should I contact them to see if they maybe have updates for their printers to inable them to run with Vista? I am going to check the HP website now to see if any updates are available. I would think that they would be or else every printer on the shelves now are useless if running Vista.

Forgive my puter ignorance. Any input would be greatly appreciated.


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KEYWORDS: compaq; computer; geek; laptop; microsoft; pc; vista; vista2007
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1 posted on 02/03/2007 5:47:14 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY
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To: Echo Talon; ShadowAce
Vista help needed her..
2 posted on 02/03/2007 5:49:23 PM PST by tubebender ( Everything east of the San Andreas fault will eventually plunge into the Atlantic Ocean...)
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To: Echo Talon; ShadowAce
Vista help needed here..
3 posted on 02/03/2007 5:49:48 PM PST by tubebender ( Everything east of the San Andreas fault will eventually plunge into the Atlantic Ocean...)
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To: HOTTIEBOY
Most of that kind of stuff is downward compatible and should work off of XP I would think.
4 posted on 02/03/2007 5:51:51 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: HOTTIEBOY

Aren't you glad you didn't pay three times for for a Mac?


5 posted on 02/03/2007 5:52:25 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: HOTTIEBOY

Your printer should work fine. HP undoubtedly has the software on its website.


6 posted on 02/03/2007 5:52:30 PM PST by JennysCool (Blink 182 isn't just a band, it's Nancy Pelosi's per-minute average.)
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To: A CA Guy

I tried to insert the CD that came with the HP printer but it will not read. The CD is compatible with Windows XP.


7 posted on 02/03/2007 5:53:47 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors.)
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To: HOTTIEBOY
The printer is hooked via USB and printsharing is enabled?

As far as drivers, you wouldn't use the XP software.

A driver likley came with Vista if your printer is a fairly common one. If not, you might have to check the HP website to down load one.

If not you may be able to use a generic one.

8 posted on 02/03/2007 5:53:59 PM PST by Tribune7 (A bleeding heart does nothing but ruin the carpet.)
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To: HOTTIEBOY
Not an issue, just go to HP and use the fast Internet to download the newest software for free.

Also look for nice fat oily finger prints on the reading side of the CD which makes them ALL unreadable.

You'd be surprised how easy it is to leave a CD unreadable with grease from hands.
9 posted on 02/03/2007 5:56:05 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Tribune7
Basically what I am saying is ~ the laptop runs Vista but the printer ans its software are compatible with XP.
10 posted on 02/03/2007 5:56:41 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors.)
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To: A CA Guy

The grease on my hands is not grease. Its motorcycle juice.

But I understand what you mean, the CD is clean.....


11 posted on 02/03/2007 5:58:20 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors.)
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To: HOTTIEBOY
Check hp.com to see IF they updated drivers for Vista, alot of hp drivers and already inside of Vista... what model do you have? also a good site to help you out is

http://www.vistababble.com/forums/

http://www.vistababble.com

Enjoy. ;)

I have a HP PSC1315V all-in-one and it works fine without ANY drivers from HP I just plugged it in and Vista installed all the drivers for it automatically.

12 posted on 02/03/2007 5:58:55 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: HOTTIEBOY
I'm going to leave shortly, but again leave the model of HP printer and I'll see if I can quickly find you the most recent link to the free software.

Write it down immediately and I'll see what I can link you right now.
13 posted on 02/03/2007 6:01:39 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: HOTTIEBOY
Don't install the printer directly to the laptop. Go into the printer properties on the desktop and share the printer. From the laptop you should b able to connect to it across the network. You may have to disable windows firewall for this, and make sure both computers are on the same workgroup. This way would be more convenient, and you wont have to bother with drivers. Just make sure the desktop is powered on when printing needs to be done from the laptop.
14 posted on 02/03/2007 6:02:51 PM PST by KoRn
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To: HOTTIEBOY
Basically what I am saying is ~ the laptop runs Vista but the printer ans its software are compatible with XP.

The printer is probably compatible with Vista too.

Vista probably has some sort of "add printer" protocol like XP. Try that and see if your printer comes up.

15 posted on 02/03/2007 6:03:54 PM PST by Tribune7 (A bleeding heart does nothing but ruin the carpet.)
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To: HOTTIEBOY

http://welcome.hp.com/country/us/en/support.html

Go to the above, click the download button and type in your printer.
Then hit the arrow on the right and you will go to your printer driver/software support page.

If HP doesn't have it, you are toast.


16 posted on 02/03/2007 6:04:36 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Echo Talon

DeskJet F300 copy/print/scan

Thats an idea. I will check the laptop to see if the F300 is already in there. They have lists of printers to select, right?


17 posted on 02/03/2007 6:04:57 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors.)
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To: A CA Guy

DeskJet F300 copy/print/scan


18 posted on 02/03/2007 6:07:00 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors.)
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To: HOTTIEBOY

OH, If you are trying to do "network" printing now that I'm not sure about as I have never even tried to do that on any of my boxes... I have my HP printer hooked up directly.. VIA USB...


19 posted on 02/03/2007 6:07:21 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: HOTTIEBOY
At this time there is not a downloadable full-feature Windows Vista driver solution available for your product.
The short-term driver solution is included in your Windows Vista Operating system and is already on your computer. There is no need to download anything at this time. This driver makes it possible to use the basic functions for the printer and can be used until the full-feature driver is available. Follow the steps below to quickly and easily get your product working with Windows Vista.
HP is currently working to make the HP full-feature driver solution available as soon as possible.
NOTE: HP wants to make sure that you have the most up-to-date information on the drivers and software for your HP products. To register for HP Subscriber’s Choice and be notified when Windows Vista drivers become available, click Get e-mail notifications – drivers updates on the left navigation bar of this page.
Installing the printer driver
  1. Verify that the printer is turned on.
  2. Connect the Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable to the printer and to the computer.
  3. A Your devices are ready to use window might display on the screen. If the window displays and does not close automatically, close the window.
  4. Print a test page to verify that the printer is working correctly.
Using the printer functions
Printing
  1. Open the document to be printed in the software application in which it was created.
  2. Click File and then click Print.
Scanning
Scanning with Windows Fax and Scanning
  1. Click Windows.
  2. Click All Programs.
  3. Click Windows Fax and Scanning.
  4. Click New Scan.
  5. Click File and then click Scan.
Scanning with Paint
  1. Click Windows.
  2. Click All Programs.
  3. Click Accessories.
  4. Click Paint.
  5. Click File and then click From Scanner or Camera.
  6. Click Scan.
Importing and viewing images on a memory card
  1. Remove the memory card and then re-insert the memory card into the appropriate memory card slot on the printer.
    NOTE: See the User Guide that came with the printer for more information on how to insert the memory card in the printer.
  2. On the Autoplay screen that displays, click Import Pictures, View Pictures, or Open folder to view files.
  3. Follow the instructions that display on the screen.

20 posted on 02/03/2007 6:09:24 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: Echo Talon

Yep, network printing.

I want to use the printer that is connected to my desktop to print from my laptop across the network.


21 posted on 02/03/2007 6:11:24 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors.)
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To: HOTTIEBOY

F340 to be exact...


22 posted on 02/03/2007 6:12:05 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors.)
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To: HOTTIEBOY

It is a F300 series, but from the results in the link below, I think it is one of the numbers offered.

http://h20180.www2.hp.com/apps/Lookup?h_lang=en&h_cc=us&cc=us&h_page=hpcom&lang=en&h_client=S-A-R163-1&h_pagetype=s-002&h_query=Deskjet+F300&submit.x=13&submit.y=5


23 posted on 02/03/2007 6:14:07 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: HOTTIEBOY

HP Printers -  Installing the Printer Driver Located in Windows Vista

Introduction
At this time there is not a downloadable full-feature Windows Vista driver solution available for your product.
The short-term driver solution is included in your Windows Vista Operating system and is already on your computer. There is no need to download anything at this time. This driver makes it possible to use the basic functions for the printer and can be used until the full-feature driver is available. Follow the steps below to quickly and easily get your product working with Windows Vista.
HP is currently working to make the HP full-feature driver solution available as soon as possible.
NOTE: HP wants to make sure that you have the most up-to-date information on the drivers and software for your HP products. To register for HP Subscriber’s Choice and be notified when Windows Vista drivers become available, click Get e-mail notifications – drivers updates on the left navigation bar of this page.
Installing the printer driver
  1. Verify that the printer is turned on.
  2. Connect the Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable to the printer and to the computer.
  3. A Your devices are ready to use window might display on the screen. If the window displays and does not close automatically, close the window.
  4. Print a test page to verify that the printer is working correctly.
Using the printer functions
Printing
  1. Open the document to be printed in the software application in which it was created.
  2. Click File and then click Print.
Scanning
Scanning with Windows Fax and Scanning
  1. Click Windows.
  2. Click All Programs.
  3. Click Windows Fax and Scanning.
  4. Click New Scan.
  5. Click File and then click Scan.
Scanning with Paint
  1. Click Windows.
  2. Click All Programs.
  3. Click Accessories.
  4. Click Paint.
  5. Click File and then click From Scanner or Camera.
  6. Click Scan.
Importing and viewing images on a memory card
  1. Remove the memory card and then re-insert the memory card into the appropriate memory card slot on the printer.
    NOTE: See the User Guide that came with the printer for more information on how to insert the memory card in the printer.
  2. On the Autoplay screen that displays, click Import Pictures, View Pictures, or Open folder to view files.
  3. Follow the instructions that display on the screen.

24 posted on 02/03/2007 6:14:35 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: HOTTIEBOY

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareCategory?product=1128309&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&submit.y=5&submit.x=13&lang=en&cc=us

Vista is listed, your lucky night.


25 posted on 02/03/2007 6:15:13 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Echo Talon
I think Echo that if he downloads the HP Vista software and double clicks the program, it will completely self install.
Most do.
26 posted on 02/03/2007 6:16:21 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: HOTTIEBOY

Like I said, I have never used network printing so I wouldn't know how to make it work in the first place... It works fine if you plug it in with the USB cable though...


27 posted on 02/03/2007 6:17:17 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: A CA Guy
I think Echo that if he downloads the HP Vista software and double clicks the program, it will completely self install.

there is NO "full feature" HP Print driver out at the moment, ALL the drivers are located on the Vista Install, mine work fine... The HP site says they are working on a full feature driver whatever that means... ;) Mine HP Driver works fine I have a PSC1315V although when I go to device manager it shows up as a PSC1310... Linux Does the same thing... :)

28 posted on 02/03/2007 6:22:54 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: Echo Talon

I've seen the network printing done through the cable line and in some after market stuff through devices that work with the cable.

Not the easiest stuff, I agree with you 100%

I think HP must or whoever must have the directions available in PDF on the site.


29 posted on 02/03/2007 6:24:16 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Echo Talon
This new operating system must be new from the ground up to not be downward compatible with XP.

I am surprised on one level, yet I guess it is in MS's best interest to make XP obsolete to their users, isn't it?

Have a nice night.
30 posted on 02/03/2007 6:26:06 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: A CA Guy

Thanks for the info guys. I might contact HP support or try to share. I may just have to wait for an update....


31 posted on 02/03/2007 6:29:28 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors.)
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To: A CA Guy
I know that the HP Driver from the HP website for WinXP for my printer didn't have network support...

See....

32 posted on 02/03/2007 6:31:08 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: HOTTIEBOY

it will work via USB, like i said... try to use vistababble.com maybe someone there can help you.


33 posted on 02/03/2007 6:32:06 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: HOTTIEBOY
Problems getting drivers are just some of the reasons to hold off on buying a PC with Vista for awhile. Check out this thread:

Wait! Don't Buy Microsoft Windows Vista

And yes, I'll get slammed, flamed, roasted by the "RAH RAH RAH Go Microsoft" types on this thread. But facts are facts, so read the article first. And do a search using "Vista" to see the other posted articles.


34 posted on 02/03/2007 6:33:08 PM PST by CedarDave (California wants to ban light bulbs. If passed they will never have a bright idea.)
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To: Echo Talon
They don't always have network support and that is why some have to use cheap after market stuff like Linksys stuff to get the need filled IMO.

In any case though, the issue is a darn confusing one to read up on and carry out unless you set that stuff up all the time.

You have to set the port, IP address and a bunch of other stuff to drive the folks bananas.
35 posted on 02/03/2007 6:36:09 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Swordmaker

ping


36 posted on 02/03/2007 6:43:52 PM PST by Sunnyflorida ((Elections Matter)
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To: A CA Guy

Like I said, it may well work over network.. I just don't know how to do it... never tried.

37 posted on 02/03/2007 6:44:26 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: Echo Talon
Does the fact he is running XP on his desktop and Vista on the laptop present its own problem? If that is the case would it be simpler to just buy a inexpensive printer for the LP...
38 posted on 02/03/2007 6:47:03 PM PST by tubebender ( Everything east of the San Andreas fault will eventually plunge into the Atlantic Ocean...)
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To: tubebender; HOTTIEBOY
Does the fact he is running XP on his desktop and Vista on the laptop present its own problem? If that is the case would it be simpler to just buy a inexpensive printer for the LP...

If I were him I would get this...

EPSON Stylus Photo R380 C11C658011 Up to 30 ppm 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi InkJet Photo Color Printer - Retail $139.99

Windows Vista 32bit and 64bit Driver

The Epson Stylus Photo R380 Ink Jet Printer gives you professional quality prints, up to 30 ppm. This remarkable printer delivers high-quality images up to 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi, using Claria Hi-Definition Ink that ensures clarity and sharpness on both plain and photo paper. This ink is smudge, scratch, water and fade resistant and ensures long lasting prints. The incorporated DX5 technology helps produce 5 microscopically small ink droplet sizes that ensure smoothest gradations and grain free photos, along with faster printing speeds and excellent details on all of your photos - including borderless prints up to 4" x 6" in up to 13 seconds.

The incorporated Automatic color and lighting correction feature automatically detects scenery or people and adjusts the image. allowing easy red-eye removal, for stunning results all with or without a PC. You can also print your own photos and text directly onto ink jet printable CDs/DVDs. It even allows you to print movie clips from a digital camera. The printer is equipped with Front PictBridge port that enables direct printing from any compatible device. It can also print directly from memory cards with the help of its built-in memory card slot.

39 posted on 02/03/2007 7:00:33 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: tubebender; HOTTIEBOY

thats NOT a multi-function all-in-one printer but it's a very good printer and you can print on CD's and DVD's to label them. one of the reviewers at newegg says to use a "Polyacrylic semi-gloss" to "seal" it;)


40 posted on 02/03/2007 7:16:02 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: Echo Talon
At his very moment I am printing color prints in the background on photo paper on a RD340 Epson using iPhoto with a goose neck iMac. This is most frugal printer I have ever owned.

A HP psc2175 all in one sits to my left and is used only as a copy machine because it used a lot of ink and it did not play well with the Mac...
41 posted on 02/03/2007 7:19:43 PM PST by tubebender ( Everything east of the San Andreas fault will eventually plunge into the Atlantic Ocean...)
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To: HOTTIEBOY
First thing is you got a compac. I have seen nothing but trouble from that line of machines for the last 10 years.
You might want to ask yourself why the price was what it was. If it looks too good to be true, it most always is.
42 posted on 02/03/2007 7:20:49 PM PST by rawcatslyentist (This most beautiful system could only proceed from the dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being)
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To: tubebender; HOTTIEBOY

I just don't know how to do network printing I have never tried to set it up in WIN NT/2000, Win98, WinXP, Linux or Vista... I never tried it... Sorry that I couldn't be of much help.


43 posted on 02/03/2007 7:30:30 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: rawcatslyentist
First thing is you got a compac.

Ahhh. come on.

44 posted on 02/03/2007 7:31:06 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: HOTTIEBOY

BTW, What model is the laptop?


45 posted on 02/03/2007 7:31:49 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: CedarDave

HEY CedarDave....You do have a choice. What DON'T you understand about that? Should I type slower?


46 posted on 02/03/2007 7:44:54 PM PST by FreedomGuru
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To: Echo Talon

Its a Compaq Presario c502us

And I am very pleased with it thankyouverymuch.

Ideal for a highschool senior going into college.

80gb harddrive
512mb ram
64mb grafics

It dvd/cd-rw combo burner player thingy

$700 bucks minus $175 rebate.


47 posted on 02/03/2007 7:51:44 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors.)
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To: HOTTIEBOY

You would have to create a network with your desktop/printer as the main link, to share the printer with your laptop.
Otherwise just install the drivers from the Vista cd and plug/unplug the USB cable when you need it.


48 posted on 02/03/2007 7:51:55 PM PST by FreedomGuru
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To: FreedomGuru
You won't have a Windows choice when you buy a new computer after MS pulls the plug on sales of XP, which will probably be in the next four to six weeks. What don't YOU understand about that?
49 posted on 02/03/2007 8:05:17 PM PST by CedarDave (California wants to ban light bulbs. If passed they will never have a bright idea.)
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To: HOTTIEBOY
Its a Compaq Presario c502us

Compaq Presario 15.4" Widescreen Notebook PC (C502US)

Vista Home Basic is the lowest version of Vista... so... don't try and make any judgments about it... also, I would upgrade that memory to at least 1GB ASAP and 2 GB would be better...

here ya go, right to what ya need

50 posted on 02/03/2007 8:10:13 PM PST by Echo Talon
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