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are @sainsburys £99 #lowspec @hp ac100na @microsoftuk #windows notebooks a waste of time and money ? #mktg #fail

are @sainsburys £99 #lowspec @hp ac100na @microsoftuk #windows notebooks a waste of time and money ? #mktg #fail

the sainsburys hp ac100na is a low spec intel celeron N3050 with 2G ram and 30G disk

it is almost impossible to upgrade it from windows 10 1709 to 1803 or 1809 but if you have 100 spare hours and follow these hacks you can however you may just prefer to try and return it to sainsburys or throw it away in your nearest WEEE recycling bin

hacks required to upgrade to windows 10 version 1809 on a hp ac100na

  • turn on flight mode (to prevent auto updates over wifi)
  • run disk clean-up (this takes around 4 hours each run)
  • select delete all previous versions
  • watch out for the nasty disk clean-up bug (see below)
  • reboot
  • ensure you have at least 12G of free disk space
  • turn off flight mode (to allow auto updates to kick in)
  • allow auto update to run
  • restart after a few updates have downloaded (do not wait for all updates to download or you will run out of diskspace)
  • hopefully these partial updates will get installed on restart

REPEAT the above steps until windows 10 1803 and windows 10 1809 have been installed

and if you get any windows 10 version 1809 0x80070002 errors DO NOT click retry but keep REPEATING the above steps until windows 10 1803 and windows 10 1809 have been installed

win1809fail

so if you havent given up and get lucky you should end up with a 1809 install confirmation screen

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the nasty windows 10 disk clean-up bug

disk clean-up randomly injects a compress your drive option into list of folders to clean up so you cannot just tick all the folders without reading every one carefully

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footnote MOST but not all intel celerons are rubbish for example the intel celeron N2840 used in lenovo ideapad flex 10 is actually amazing and appears to be 10x faster than the intel celeron N3050

 

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spot the difference between the HP Pavilion 15-cx0001na and HP Pavilion 15-cx0999na gaming notebooks ? is it £200 ?

spot the difference between the HP Pavilion 15-cx0001na and HP Pavilion 15-cx0999na gaming notebooks ? is it £200 ?

according to intel

the 15-cx0999na has B&O audio

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buy here

windows 10 and hp 8440w and hp 8560w hotkey support

windows 10 and hp 8440w and hp 8560w hotkey support

make sure you re-install hp hotkey support to reenable screen brightness down, screen brightness up and ambient light sensor toggle hotkeys (F9, F10, F11)

YES that star with a triangle on the F11 key is the icon for the ambient light sensor toggle

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hp elitebook bios settings password override and reset

if you dont know your hp elitebook bios password there is a way override it without needing to reset it

if the VT , VT for direct I/O, HT options are disabled in your hp elitebook bios you can still change them by downloading hp performance advisor !

inside hp performance advisor there are then some options that let you change your bios settings without any bios password

hp preformance advisor

hp & lenovo and #amd & #intel #memory bus nightmares

 

lost a few hours yesterday to some hp & lenovo and amd & intel memory bus nightmares started when i tried swapping DDR3 / PC3 / PC3L ram between an HP and two LENOVO notebooks

  • HP 255 G2 with AMD A4 memory bus FIXED at 1600Mhz
  • Lenovo T410 with Core i5 memory bus ONLY works at 1333Mhz
  • Lenovo Z50 with AMD FX7500 memory bus FIXED at 800Mhz

Basically the T41o refused to work with any of the other memory whereas i thought DDR3 ram was downwards compatible.

Actually just looking at my photos maybe PC3L is not downwards compatible with PC3 ?

modern notebook gotchas

modern notebook gotchas

  • UEFI
  • no recovery disks
  • 16GB USB stick or 24G external disk required to make a system backup
  • last hp i bought had no accessible hd or memory
  • last lenovo i bought only had only 1 memory socket soldered in despite space for 2
  • lots of preinstalled trialware (hp,lenovo,toshiba all guilty)

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hp photosmart 5520 hp email printing & hp printables

just setup a new hp photosmart 5520

hp photosmart 5520

and it seems you can send an email directly to it from anywhere in the world and it will get printed for you

https://www.hpconnected.com/

there are all apps for it that can print newletters, coupons, puzzles, recipes etc directly to it on a regular basis

https://printables.hpconnected.com/

HP Photosmart C4585 critical updates

If you are getting fed up with your HP Photosmart C4585 All-In-One Printer becoming unresponsive, losing connection, crashing or hanging once a week you may be interested in the following "critical" firmware and software updates:

that i came across just before i was going to try and file an official bug report with HP ! So thank you HP for your updates and for all your HP Printer GNU/Linux drivers

All I have to do now is borrow someone's windoz PC so i can run your firmware upgrade EXE !

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