Detect SSD and Advanced Format Disk on HP Notebooks

In case you’re looking for a command-line tool that detects the presence of an SSD (Solid State Drive) or whether the hard disk uses advanced disk format then here’s a nice utility from HP called the HP Advance Format Check tool. Note that the tool only works on HP notebooks. A list of supported models can be found here The software can be downloaded from the HP Software and Drivers website and includes a 32 Read More …

Windows Home Server – A must have

This week I bought a HP MediaSmart Server EX490 which runs Windows Home Server. The primary reason for buying a Windows Home Server was to get an easy to use solution in place that allows us to perform automated backups and share the data across the multiple devices. The most important computer at home is my wife’s notebook, as this has become a kind of the primary access point for the family  to store pictures, Read More …

Scripting HP Wireless Device State

An old colleague called me up this week (well in fact it was my old boss who has left our company), and told me about an issue they had when deploying an ISP specific Software Package that interacts with the Wireless Devices on their HP notebooks. The problem was that if the WWAN device has been turned of via the quick launch button by the end user, the software would not install. What many don’t Read More …

Windows 7 support for HP desktops, notebooks and workstations

HP has started publishing device drivers and software for Windows 7 for their desktops, notebooks and workstations. A complete overview of Windows 7 eligible models can be found here Business Desktops HP Compaq dc7900 HP Compaq dc7800 HP Compaq dc7700 HP Compaq dc5800 Business Workstations HP Z400 Workstation HP Z600 Workstation HP Z800 Workstation HP xw8600 Workstation HP xw6600 Workstation HP xw4600 Workstation Business Notebooks HP EliteBook 2730p Notebook PC HP EliteBook 6930p Notebook PC Read More …

Power to Change

Small changes can make a world of difference. With Power To Change, you can help make the world a greener place. Install the Power To Change widget and start making a difference! Check out the Power to Change website for more information and download the Widget.

Cloud Printing

We all have heard about Cloud Computing, now there is Cloud Printing ! Check out HPs CloudPrint. It’s still in BETA but worth to take a look.

Playing games on a printer

Are all gaming devices you have in use by the other family members ? No problem, if you have the right HP printer you can use it to play games as well as demonstrated in this video.  

The "HP" Garage

It’s here where HP started…… See more pictures of the HP House here: http://www.kennethkuhn.com/hpmuseum/garage/ And the Garage timeline is documented here: http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/abouthp/histnfacts/garage/timeline.html

Looking for HP Drivers ?

Usually when you would need a specific driver you go up to the vendors website and search for the driver download area. Since a while, HP provides a more convenient way to find latest drivers for your HP hardware. It’s called the HP Softpaq download manager. The HP Softpaq download manager allows you to easilly navigate to your device and get a list of all availabble drivers and related software, view the release note, and Read More …

Automate BIOS configuration for HP clients

Today the following options exist to automate BIOS configuration for HP clients:The Client Management Interface allows you to use WSH to retrieve and set BIOS settings like in the example below which changes the Ownership Tag. Const wbemFlagReturnImmediately = 16 Const wbemFlagForwardOnly = 32 lFlags = wbemFlagReturnImmediately + wbemFlagForwardOnly strService = “winmgmts:{impersonationlevel=impersonate}//” strComputer = “.” strNamespace = “/root/HP/InstrumentedBIOS” strQuery = “select * from HP_BIOSSettingInterface” Set objWMIService = GetObject(strService & _ strComputer & strNamespace) Set colItems Read More …