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HP Disables VT On Some Intel Laptops 258

snoukka writes "I just bought a new HP nx9420 laptop in order to use it with Linux, XEN, and windows on XEN. I was very disappointed when I noticed that the processor had this feature but VT is disabled in BIOS by HP and cannot be enabled! Disabled!? It's like buying a car with turbo and finding out after buying it that this turbo 'feature' was disabled." The forum thread goes back to last August and is still live. The latest post from an HP rep indicates that new firmware for the nx9420 should be available later this week in which the ability to switch on VT is enabled. It's not clear whether other HP products, in which VT was also disabled, will also get new firmware.
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HP Disables VT On Some Intel Laptops

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  • Re:Not surprised... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Ironica ( 124657 ) <pixel.boondock@org> on Tuesday January 16, 2007 @07:19PM (#17637926) Journal
    I suspect there may be many legal reasons why it is disabled by default, whether or not disabling the option to turn it on was intentional or not.
    I get the impression, though, from the forum posts, that it is only on Intel-based laptops that VT cannot be enabled. It appears you do have the option on AMD laptops.

    [Insert obligatory Intel/Microsoft conspiracy theory here]
  • by RAMMS+EIN ( 578166 ) on Tuesday January 16, 2007 @07:39PM (#17638230) Homepage Journal
    I've had bad experiences with HP laptops before. This was several years ago, so I may not remember everything correctly.

    My HP Pavilion laptop had the USB controller on IRQ 11, but, according to 2 out of 3 BIOS tables, it was on IRQ 9. This caused USB not to work under Linux. HP and the BIOS vendor apparently weren't interested in fixing the issue, so, eventually, it was worked around with a patch to Linux. According to what I've heard, the USB controller worked under Windows, but would reset every 5 minutes.

    Around the time the warranty expired (I don't recall if it was just before or just after), the cooling fan started to get stuck. This would result in it making an awful lot of noise, followed soon enough by the system shutting down, because of overheating. After several requests to various addresses and phone numbers at HP, they offered that I could send the laptop in for repair, and they'll put in a new fan and send it back to me. Unfortunately, the operation would have cost more money than it was worth to me.

    Also, the socket where the power adapter connects to the laptop broke. I eventually figured out how to open the laptop, get everything out of the way to get to the socket, and put everything back together. However, I never really succeeded in fixing the socket. I tried everything from soldering to chewing gum, but it kept breaking again. Just before I decided to fix the adapter plug to the socket (thus hopefully keeping the two connected and in place), the hard disk finally got so many bad sectors that it couldn't be used anymore. I gave the laptop away to a friend who said he'd fix and sell it, but a week later I found it on the sidewalk, thrown out of the window.

    All in all, I think I got about a year and a half out of the laptop. After that, I bought an iBook, which I just sold last summer, apparently still working perfectly after two years of heavy use (more than the HP was ever subjected to). Pleased with Apple, but not wanting to make the switch to the Macbook just yet, I got another iBook before they ran out. It will take quite some convincing to get me to buy HP again, and I have a lasting aversion of moving parts in computers.
  • paid upgrades (Score:2, Interesting)

    by cpearson ( 809811 ) on Tuesday January 16, 2007 @07:48PM (#17638372) Homepage
    If HP released this upgrade in functionality with a firmware update, would the previous article on /. entitled "Apple Charges For 802.11n, Blames Accounting Law" link - 2127204 [] violate the same Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Does anyone else anticipate paying for updates to get features that were originally promised? []
  • by _KiTA_ ( 241027 ) on Tuesday January 16, 2007 @09:47PM (#17639910) Homepage
    Well, the Poweredge Servers are a bit of a different beast. I was speaking more along the lines of the desktops (specifically the Opti and PWS lines), which, uh, apparently I was wrong on. ... Huh.

    Well, Color me surprised! Guess it's time to ask a few senior techs for clarification -- I know at this time we're not "supporting" it, but I can find no rhyme nor reason to which ones have it in the BIOS and which ones don't.
  • by digitalgoddess ( 1051762 ) on Tuesday January 16, 2007 @10:38PM (#17640550)
    heh, completely in agreement on the Dell. I'm currently working on a Toshiba, and the only major problems I've dealt with are cooling and the hard lack of a better word. Like I said, really, no major problems. I've never actually worked with an HP for an extended period of time, but I'd venture to say I won't be buying HP any time soon. I'd go buy a Vaio first, even an Inspiron...well...not an Inspiron. Haven't had good expereinces with "home" pc's overall.

Help! I'm trapped in a PDP 11/70!