Wednesday, August 1, 2007

First Impressions - turning it on for the first time

It took 35 minutes from the time I pressed POWER ON for the first time, to the time I had full operational control of the computer. And to do that I had to decline a couple of configuration and setup options that had the option of "do it later or remind me later". Of course I will do them at some point, but I just wanted to get operational control of the computer as soon as possible.

I played around with the menus and the various pre-installed applications, and I played some DVDs to test the super-multi-format drive. There are at least three different dvd player programs pre-installed on the machine. I was able to play Lord of the Rings (since the DVD is 2.35:1 it didnt fill up the screen), and home-made video from DVD-R and DVD-RAM.

I almost got my first "blue screen" even, but I didn't. One of the DVD player programs (the Compaq branded one) got confused, its window was all white, and it refused to close. The task manager couldn't kill it. The shutdown didn't kill it. I had to manually power off the notebook (which of course Microsoft does not recommend, but how can you use Windows if you don't reboot and power it off when it goes crazy?)

By the way, there is no recovery disk that comes with the computer. The instructions instruct the user to create their own set of recovery disks. Nice for the DIY crowd, but an annoyance perhaps for the average user. More on this in the next post that includes what's in the box/package.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

bought compact presario f572us 30 july 07. powered up same day and 2 days later. did not power up on 3 august. advised to remove battery and power up. was sucessful, but went dead after 2 mins with area under power switch warm and emitting burn odour.
had no problem when turning it on for first time.

Anonymous said...

I RECIEVED MY COMPAQ PRESARIO YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. NOT ONLY DID IT TAKE AN INORDINATE AMOUNT OF TIME TO START UP, BUT I HAD TO GET TECH SUPPORT. I MUST HAVE SPEND AT LEAST 2 1/2 HOURS ON THE PROCESS.
GUESS WHAT...IT STILL DOESN'T WORK PROPERLY. I LOOKED FOR A "REAL" OPERATING MANUAL AND FOUND NONE. TODAY, WHEN I COME HOME FROM WORK I'LL MAKE MORE PHONE CALLS AND SEE IF A FUNCTIONAL MANUAL EXISTS.

High Tech User Reviews said...

That's not good! It should be starting up and be ready to go out of the box without a hassle. Perhaps an exchange with a new one is in order?

There are five PDF files for this model series that Compaq calls manuals on their website. I haven't gone through them so I don't know what type of information they have. The link is this post that has links to official Compaq/HP pages for this notebook.

They also have 24x7 internet chat support when you cannot able to make a support phone call.