The Full 4GB
This lovely laptop came with 4GB RAM and the OS ready to go, save for a few configuration screens. Unfortunately I quickly found out that the installed OS was the 32-bit flavour of Windows 7, which has a 3GB memory limit. This seemed inherently wasteful, and I was rather taken aback that HP would deliver the laptop like this. However, the accompanying recovery DVDs were for the 64-bit Windows 7 and the necessary drivers, so I got stuck in and re-installed. The drivers disc was essential, since virtually none of the auxillary devices (including the network/wireless ports) were working. After the OS and driver installation I finally had a full 4GB of RAM in my 64-bit Windows 7.
Naturally a full OS install isn't for the non-technical, so I don't know who thought that delivering a new notebook like this was remotely fair. It's hard to imagine an HP designer coming up with that and then announcing, "I'm a PC and this was my idea!"
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