Well, I bought the new 2.5″ 40GB drive today, and am very pleased to say that it works great! I did have a little trouble getting it going at first, but I’m not sure why that was. Maybe the connector was not properly connected, whatever. Anyway, it all works just fine now. Not only does the laptop feel a little bit faster thanks to the replacement, but this hard drive also produces much less noise. For completeness, here are the relevant specs of my laptop in case anyone else wants to try this: Pentium II 400 Mhz, Intel 440BX. However, first a warning: you are responsible for your own hardware. So if it does not work for you, then I am afraid that is your problem and not mine.
As the title suggests, this post is for all my fellow countrymen looking for a laptop that does not come preinstalled with any software. It is extremely difficult to find PC hardware stores in this country, but also in many other countries, that will sell you a computer without Windows XP. But I finally found a webshop here in the Netherlands that sells “barebone” Asus, Compal, Gigabyte and MSI notebooks. And much to my surprise, they allow their customers to decide for themselves whether they want Windows XP installed!
The store is called laptops4u* (*see update below), and while I am not currently planning to buy a laptop, if I ever do decide to buy one, there is a good chance it will be from this store (unless I choose a Macbook of course). My only problem is that you *must* buy the pixel guarantee, which will cost 49 euros extra.
I say “must”, because if you _don’t_ buy this guarantee, you will invariably receive the next defective laptop to be returned by the other person who _did_ buy the extra guarantee. And I think the amount of money you are paying for the laptop ought to be more than enough, to get a pixel-perfect screen! But maybe that’s just me.
The link to the laptops4u store is no longer working, as they have gone bankrupt. Thus, I have removed it.