I recieved a private message asking for some general info and thought i would post this for everyone. There are a couple of dv9000 threads but most deal with specific problems. I would like to see this thread turn into more of a one stop resource, perhaps like the zd7000/gentoo resource here
which were a big help for me 3 years ago. I plan on posting more of my Fedora specific solutions here, but to start this post is a general q&a about dual boot with XP. So everyone, please feel free to share your dv9000 knowledge here..
I have a few questions regaurding your setup on your dv9000 laptop:
one: did you put federa on your slave (2nd) HD, if so did u run into any problems, can you put the GRUB on the Primaray HD's mbr; i read somewhere that by doing so it will only boot windows?
two: i have ordered a dv9000z with vista preinstalled but plan to scrap that and put XP home; do i get all the drivers for this off of HP's site ( http://h20180.www2.hp.com/apps/Nav?...m&lang=en&cc=us ); also ive heard that updating your BIOS will cure alot of problems between the laptop and fedora, have your tried this?
1st, - I did not have a second hd when i bought this laptop.
Actually, i bought a another drive and pulled the 120 gig-er out. I have not wiped the Vista drive yet and probably won't... Why? well on the off chance that i might have to send the laptop back to HP, i am fairly sure they will refuse to honor any warranty if the original OS is gone. I had called them about putting XP on and they refused to help me. Bastards wanted to charge me to help.
Let's tackle the XP driver issue next.
One of the biggest plusses to owning an HP laptop is you can pick up the maintenance and service manual ( .pdf ) off the website. They have 1 manual for _ALL_ the dv9000 series. if you take a look, For all the configurations they have- there is only 1 system board for AMD processors and 1 system board for Intel processors. So what I did was just pick ANY ---- EARLY MODEL ---- (mine was an intel ) DV9000 and pick the XP OS if there is a choice. and dl the individual drive packs. If you want to double check, i think in vista you can still view the hardware in a device manager type window, record the names of the the hardware MFGR-MODEL-CHIPSET-whatever and dl the appropriate driver.
Since i only had 1 drive at purchase ( and F7 install ) i cannot say about the mbr stuff. Although I plan to test this out in the coming weeks.
A couple if tips.
I picked up an OEM copy of XP pro , read "HAS NO DRIVERS FOR PRACTICALLY ANYTHING ON THE CD". Your LAN won't even work. But especially there are NO drivers for the SATA drive controllers so you will need a usb floppy and the intel ICH7M dirver, hit F6 at start to load additional drivers and you will be OK., otherwise xp will not find your drives.
You can add a second drive to an empty bay if you order a drive caddy from HP for $39. But be careful, to check that the adapter is making good contact witht the sata connector after you seat the drive. I almost sent a drive back because i thought it was DOA - only needed to make a good connection.
If you are feeling adventurous and want to save a little money, when you order your laptop, choose one of the lower spec'd processors and upgrade later. 2 system boards, 1 intel, 1 amd, i got a T2250 and plan on putting a t7200 on it later - 479pins/945chipset - yeah, it'll fit.
On the fw/bios upgrade i have read mixed reviews on that. some people swear by it. others have nightmares. If it ain't broke.......
but you can check their homegrown forums for more info
Hope that helps. I will probably post this reply in the regular forums because i spent a little time composing this and to spread the wealth. I usually check when i get an email alert of a response in the threads i post in so hit me there if you need anything else, message me if i am taking too long to reply.