As to the actual computers, I've never owned an HP but from what I've seen, you can't even compare them to Compaq- Compaq makes a better box- HP is the cheap version of Compaq. I've seen more people with HP problems than Compaq.
There both shit.
I worked for a company that resold hp/compaq clones and there just booty all the way around.
What is a Compaq/HP clone?
Compaq likes to make custom mobos with custom cpu heatsinks and the such but NOBODY else makes anything that fits so your shelling out 150 for a cpu heatsink off top.
If your in NJ come look me up. I have that 8000Z with a replaced HSF. Don't think I've replaced it on any of the other Compaq's I have here, but you can look at those too while your here
Also sometimes there craptastic recovery software doesnt install all the drivers and they are ONLY on that disc. Sometimes google saves you but most of the time you just go without. Theres a workaround where you gotta hold like f3 ctrl and insert while it boots but that only works sometimes....
This can be true if you use the restore disk incorrectly, but if you know Compaq's, you know where to find them in the C section of the hard drive as well as how to install them. Just about all (if not all) of the drivers are found on Compaq's website, so I have no clue where your getting your information from. Whatever drivers you can't find, the chat techs are happy to provide a link to.
Hp is just as bad
When you replace one of there mobos to get it to work you must first "tattoo" the bios. If you dont the recovery wont run I shit you not it tells you on the website that you have to run the installer up to 5 times to make shure it takes...(You have to make the installer yourself on a 3.5 floppy and some win98 boot files btw) Even if you manange to get it tattoed it might be a different revision so you better find the right tattoo or the recovery wont install. And they used to ship out there units without recovery cds-it was a partition on your hard drive - and if it was ever replaced it was on YOU to order the recovery cd set . And there so fun to work on too. Alot of sharp edges to cut yourself on and cases that require the cpu heatsink be off just to replace a harddrive.
theres tons more wrong with them but it makes me wanna shit when i think about them so ima leave it at that.
Was this Compaq or HP you were talking about?