"I stood in line for the Wal-Mart Special $379 Compaq Presario
V5000 CTO Notebook PC last year (Black Friday deal). It was a true
bargain, you couldn't ask more for a laptop. It had Windows XP
Media Center, 802.11b/g, CD burner plus DVD player. They are still
selling on eBay for more than I paid. I haven't had any problems
with it (nor anyone else in my family who have all bought one). The
only upgrade I made was more RAM.
"I got a virus and I couldn't do much else than backup and
reformat. No big deal... but I realized after I formatted it it did
not come with a recovery CD (at least one I could find)..."