by   May 14 2008   
Windows 2000 Pro W2K on N3290 HP Pavilion. It is one way to make an old, slow, low on memory laptop come back to life. Installing an old copy of Windows 2000 Pro to run GPS and some older engineering software from the car. Nice thing about the laptop, slow can handle heat! The P2 500Mhz doesn't overheat in the sun like so many laptops today do. But,finding the drivers for this laptop is tough. I have them downloaded just incase these links are bad.

Windows 2000 Pro W2K on N3290 HP Pavilion.

It is one way to make an old, slow, low on memory laptop come back to life. Installing an old copy of Windows 2000 Pro to run GPS and some older engineering software from the car.

Nice thing about the laptop, slow can handle heat! The P2 500Mhz doesn't overheat in the sun like so many laptops today do.

But,finding the drivers for this laptop is tough. I have them downloaded just incase these links are bad.

Sound Drivers are here:
Win98 works with W2K
HP Notebook Windows 98 ESS M3 Audio/Modem Driver Update
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?locBasepartNum=ob470en#9001;=English+%28US%29

There is a compaq driver set to get the video and other hardware up and running.
The modem will be posted as soon as I find the Win98 version that works on the N3290 notebook.

Yes, I have one of these old Laptops and here is why I still keep a Windows 2000 SP2 system running.

This HP runs in tempatures of over 160 degrees. I use it to do Microwave area surveys which requires the computer to be on 100% during the day in the heat which I have measured 164 degrees on the bottom with a laptop cooler.

Try to get your new Laptop to run at that temp. Ha!

Here's the HP Pavilion N3290 Video Driver

The same video components in the HP Pavilion N3290 can be found in the Packard Bell Easy Lite FX

The same video components in the HP Pavilion N3290 can be found in the Packard Bell Easy Lite FX

Silicon Motion LynxEM (SM710) Video Driver

This driver below should get your old HP video working again.


Packard Bell Easy Lite FX
http://support.packardbell.com/uk/item/index.php?i=platform_B4&t=2007&c=92

 

 

 

 

Windows 2000 Pro W2K on N3290 HP Pavilion. It is one way to make an old, slow, low on memory laptop come back to life. Installing an old copy of Windows 2000 Pro to run GPS and some older engineering software from the car. Nice thing about the laptop, slow can handle heat! The P2 500Mhz doesn't overheat in the sun like so many laptops today do. But,finding the drivers for this laptop is tough. I have them downloaded just incase these links are bad.