Computer Newbies forum

General discussion

Buying laptop with no os

by trongdor / September 6, 2008 9:13 AM PDT

I'm planning on buying a laptop off of cyber power.
They have the hard drives, video cards, ram and everything installed and I was wondering if I should order it without and OS and if that would be bad.
Would I need to format everything later? Like the video and sound cards and stuff?

Post a reply
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Buying laptop with no os
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Buying laptop with no os
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
There's a first.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 6, 2008 9:23 AM PDT

How would one format a video card?

If you can't install an OS, why would you inflict such pain on yourself?
Bob

Collapse -
Not Really A Newbie Task But...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 7, 2008 3:19 AM PDT

...if you've got the skills, it's usually worth the effort.. Still, you need to be away of the things needed.. If you're going to use Windows, you'll need to purchase an operating system for the computer. Some computer builders will give you all the drivers needed for the installed hardware but you'll need to verify it and once you have the drivers, you'll need to know how to install them and confirm they are the correct versions for your computer.. (A couple of months ago, I purchased a new desktop with no OS. I have a couple of brand new XP boxes sitting around here and decided to use one.. After I install Windows XP, I installed the mother/chipset driver and it didn't recognize a couple of items it should have.. After obtaining an updated driver, it worked fine.)

The nice thing about installing your own operating system and software from scratch is that there is no "junk" on the computer.. It's only got what you put there.. But, because it's only got what you put there, if you make a mistake, you get to fix it.

Hope this helps.

Grif

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Help 47,885 discussions
icon
Computer Newbies 10,322 discussions
icon
iPhones, iPods, & iPads 3,188 discussions
icon
Security 30,333 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 20,177 discussions
icon
HDTV Picture Setting 1,932 discussions
icon
Phones 15,713 discussions
icon
Windows 7 6,210 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 14,510 discussions

Big stars on small screens

Smosh tells CNET what it took to make it big online

Internet sensations Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla discuss how YouTube has changed and why among all their goals, "real TV" isn't an ambition.