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Windows XP Drivers now available on HP Support Site

It looks like HP is starting to get their act together to support the Mini-note. They have just posted Microsoft Windows XP drivers for most of the hardware in the Mini-note. The drivers can be found at:

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/…

XP on a USB Stick

Brad Linder at Liliputing.com has gone to considerable trouble to explain in detail how to get Windows XP on to a USB stick so you can install it on your HP2133 mini note. He also explains in the article how to then partition the drive after installation for use with Linux or other operating systems using Parted Magic (an Open Source hard disk partitioner).Parted Magic Screenshot

http://www.liliputing.com/2008/04/install-windows-xp…

Do HP “really” want my opinion?

I’ve been struggling with the HP2133 mini note since I picked it up and opened the box on Saturday morning. Three days of tweaking, and I’m no closer to getting the wireless networking to work correctly. Looking at the community forums, I am not alone in my frustration.

On HP’s official support Forum, John O’Hara has had no response to his question. http://forums12.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/bizsupport/questionanswer.do…

On Notebook Forums, the wireless issue has been discovered several times:

http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=241040

On netbookuser.com, some help was offered, but I’ve been unable to resolve the issue following Mike’s advice:

http://forum.netbookuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=512

and finally, mininoteuser.com has several posting about the issue with wi-fi including: http://forums.mininoteuser.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=97

A couple of things I have learned from following these various discussion threads:

- The wi-fi switch on the front of the computer does work, it always stays orange but when wireless is enabled if you stare at the light very hard, you can see a hint of blue (just try it out and let me know if you can see the difference).

- Almost all the issues that Linux users are experiencing are resolved when they “upgrade” their system to Windows XP. There’s a step-by-step guide to the upgrade process available on the mininoteuser.com web site.I think I can “trick-out” my mini note to run XP for a couple of hundred dollars (more memory, different hard drive and a copy of Windows XP Home Edition) or I suppose I could have just bought the Windows configuration if I really wanted to run Windows….

Today, HP requested my opinion on my mini note buying experience by asking me to complete a survey. If you bought an HP2133 mini note with SuSe Enterprise Desktop 10 (i.e. Linux) and your having the same issues as most of the community I strongly suggest you complete this survey and give HP your personal information so they can contact you.I’ll let you know what happens when I get the “call”.