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NCLI
July 6th, 2010, 11:01 AM
This is what greets the new user, when booting up the netbook for the first time:

http://imgur.com/RAaC6l.jpg (http://imgur.com/RAaC6.png)

I've moved the Norton window out of the way to get a better impression of the horror that is Packard Bells IE8. ](*,)

It also randomly reboots while it installs various stuff. Some of the steps take uptowards of 15 minutes, so the user could easily start writing a document and lose data.

samalex
July 6th, 2010, 11:10 AM
Whoa, I thought Packard Bell was bought by Acer years ago and the name was retired. I checked the site - packardbell.com (http://www.packardbell.com) - and it looks like they have local websites for most countries except the US.

Too funny :)

Sam

M1ke
July 6th, 2010, 11:23 AM
Argh kill it! Kill it with fire!!

My Eee PC 901 with XP preinstalled wasn't much better. What're manufacturers thinking? No wonder Joe Public "hates computers" - look at the state they arrive in!

jperez
July 6th, 2010, 11:38 AM
I miss the old Packard Bell, from the days of Windows 3.1/MS-DOS and Win9x. Those were classic and I always loved them. People said they were crap, but I was able to use them for exactly what I needed and they rarely ever broke down, even after 5+ years of continuous usage.

Ah, the good ol' days...

Packard Bell, for me, now sucks donkey bawlz. I'm sad now. T~T

Jesse~

NightwishFan
July 6th, 2010, 12:03 PM
I think if you are going to use Windows, a stock one from the install CD is the only way to go. Sometimes that is night and day in performance compared to the vendor ones. Granted (mainly with Xp and below) you have to hunt for drivers, but you only need to do that once.

RiceMonster
July 6th, 2010, 01:35 PM
Ah, the pains of OEM crapware. You may find this helpful:
http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/

pwnst*r
July 6th, 2010, 02:43 PM
This is what greets the new user, when booting up the netbook for the first time:



I've moved the Norton window out of the way to get a better impression of the horror that is Packard Bells IE8. ](*,)

It also randomly reboots while it installs various stuff. Some of the steps take uptowards of 15 minutes, so the user could easily start writing a document and lose data.

No, windows lets you know when it's going to be doing a reboot. It's your own fault if you start writing a document during such warnings.