HP Compaq Presario C749TU Notebook PC first impression

Yeah… My HP Compaq Presario C749TU Notebook PC finally arrived yesterday. It is a value notebook PC which cost about RM799 + RM150 (delivery and processing charges) == RM949 in total. I mentioned its specification at Shell Citibank Credit Card – HP Compaq Presario PC700 Notebook Specifications post. Find out the specification there.

Red Compaq box from Singapore

The notebook PC was shipped from Singapore. It took HP around 12 days to ship this notebook PC after order placed. So if you are interested in this notebook PC, you better get it soon because Citibank offer is going to end on 31 May 2008.

What does it contain? It comes with a CD, battery, power adapter and some guides. By the way, it is pre-installed with FreeDOS. No Windows driver CD included. However, you can download Windows Vista drivers at HP website. NOTE – Windows XP is NOT SUPPORTED officially by HP. Therefore, you will not find chipset, video, sound, network Windows XP drivers at HP website. He… He… Most of the drivers are missing then. ๐Ÿ˜› However, some of us managed to install Windows XP with all the functional drivers. We took from here and there. Check out all the comments for help now. I will come out a guide to install Windows XP drivers soon.

Package contents

In order to test the laptop quick and dirty, I tested it with Ubuntu. What is Ubuntu? Ubuntu is a community developed, linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need – a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more. This notebook PC is best for Ubuntu. Everything works fine in Ubuntu after boot from Ubuntu CD. Video, sound, network… All are working fine in this Linux OS. By the way, Ubuntu does not use a lot of hardware resources. ๐Ÿ˜€

Ubuntu in action!!!

I tried to install Windows Vista Home Premium then. I install 1GB RAM before I setup Windows Vista since it cannot run on 512MB machine. NOTE – don’t think that you can run Windows Vista on this notebook PC without adding addition RAM. So you better stick to Windows XP if you do not want to upgrade RAM. ๐Ÿ˜€


  1. Yes. It is a working brand new notebook. A little bit under power with no wireless connection. Still OK for everyday office, entertainment use. Not for 3D gaming… ๐Ÿ˜›

  2. Maybe u can try this link for drivers.

    this is for C748 not C749 but knowing bizmen, sama punya barang pun add satu numbor and call it upgrade

  3. Hi Max, yup. It run smoothly at Ubuntu. But I cannot surf internet even I connected to my router. Any setting need to be set? I have no problem to talk to my router. ๐Ÿ˜›

  4. Too bad. Didn’t read your article earlier. Just bought a Dell notebook (Vostro 1500). So far it performs well without any problems. Overall I’m quite satisfy with the hardware spec except for the sound card. Sigmatel <— Don’t support hardware buffering ๐Ÿ™ . Still using WinXP as i tend to game a lot. Highly recommend to those who love gaming but have a limited budget.

  5. Probably something to do with DNS. Ubuntu has this knack for reset the DNS setting that you’ve set. That may be the issue. I used to have that during 6.10 days, not sure if that’s the same problem now.

  6. How fast was the application process for the Credit Card and for the laptop?

    Tempted to get one for the wife myself, install Ubuntu and be done with. She’s a non-IT literate anyway, so it’s mostly office apps and email / surf net.

  7. Bought it for RM 4000 during Dec07. Now the price still haven’t gone down much. Using T7250, 2GB RAM & Nvidia 8600M GT 256MB dedicated VRAM (unfortunately is a DDR2…DDR3 is way too expansive even now) no $$$ buy. Even though, I can play most DX9 (MOHAB, HL2, DOOM3 etc) with 1024×768 with max settings. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Matdesa, I am not sure about the Credit Card process time because I asked my friend to buy for me using his card. The laptop take around 14 days to arrive after place order.

    Aaron, wow… 4k. Expensive lo… Still can play 3D games. Good. ๐Ÿ™‚
    This 1k laptop cannot play games lo. ๐Ÿ˜›

  9. Hi Jayce,

    Interested to get the laptop since it’s freaking cheap.
    May i know if you are using 1 GB + 512MB RAM on XP? How’s the performance?? Or is it true 512 + 512 is better?
    Finally how’s the drivers that you provide on the link? Have any issue on them?
    Many thanks!

  10. Teg, yup. I am using 1GB + 512MB RAM. 1GB + 512MB RAM should be better than 512MB + 512MB configuration. Why? Windows will start to use hard drive as page memory when software requires more than 1GB of RAM. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Chick, yes. Just let HP know that you want to extend the warranty. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. jayce, how long is your warranty? This morning I called up HP, the lady told me is one year for this laptop. How true?

    How much do they charged for extended warranty?

  12. Wayne, you are most welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Chick, the is a label on the back of the laptop. It has 1 year warranty there. ๐Ÿ˜›
    Hmmโ€ฆ I am not sure about the extended warranty. You need to call HP and ask them.

  13. Thanks Jayce, i just made the purchaseโ€ฆ..still need to wait for 2 weeks *sigh*

    One more thing, i found that HP service is very lousy. I called up customer service, after they checked they said didnโ€™t receive my fax. So i called up the number to posted earlier, luckily they DID receive my fax.

    HP never reply my email inquiry too (Ironically, their auto reply system stated my email will be replied in 1 business day)

  14. Chick, you are welcome. Hmm… I faced the same problem with HP. No reply from HP when you use HP online support. I have to call them in the end… ๐Ÿ˜›

    numbers, err… No idea. I do not have that games with me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Hi Jayce, I do not have much knowledge on software and hardware but I have already used the DELL laptop for sometime. All the technical and setup is done by my office. I am now consider to buy a laptop for myself and I notice it is quite cheap for this offer. I wonder I would able to handle the setup by myself if I take this offer. Please advice is it easy to do all this. I would need to have a windos XP with word, excel and powerpoint; WIFI to access internet, ADOBE, perhaps play DVD; etc. Do you this I should take this offer?

  16. Do you install Windows XP by yourself before? And install all the drivers?
    If yes… You can take the challenge to grab C749TU. Else C747TU is your choice. Check on other’s comments at Shell Citibank Credit Card – HP Compaq Presario PC700 Notebook Specifications.

    Noted –
    C749TU does not have wireless. You need to add-on yourself. More RAM is needed to run Adobe application. And it run slower.

    C747TU is better than C749TU. It has Windows Vista build-in. And have wireless too. But the price is higher too. ๐Ÿ˜›

  17. Hi Jaycee
    Thanks for this link ,it `s definitely getting popular now with many CitiBank notebook puchases.I got mine yesterday but having a tough time installing XP.
    It seems that XP cannot detect the drive and reports ” unknown disk”
    I installed win98 without any issues but even from there i get the same message when thry XP..could you help?
    thanks a million

  18. me oso order a laptop from hp it oso fax go aredy ,but i wait till now hp still didn call me can any1 giv me hp costemer service number 4 me??

  19. Hi Jayce,
    Thank you for your comment. I have not install the driver as well as window XP before. I am still consider to take the challenge to grab this C749 instead of C747 due to the prices. Can I know how to install the WIFI and how much would it.

  20. Hi, Joyce !
    Do u know this Intel Pro/Wireless 3945ABG wireless adapter can fit to the Compaq Presario C749TU notebook ?
    I plan to buy it.

  21. It’s so hard waiting for HP to send over, i placed my order on the 18th. You mentioned you received yours 10 days, is it 10 business days??!! What courier services did they used? Send direct to your address or self collected?

  22. Hi chick, don’t fret, when I confirm my order do you know how long they ask me to wait? 25 business days!!! but I received after 2 weeks later, so I believe yours should be arriving by next or 2nd week of April. BTW, they will send to you using some cheapo local courier service which is by lorry (in my case) so make sure somebody is around to receive the notebook but don’t worry, they will call U 1st before send.

  23. how about tat RM 949(include delivery) i dun like the celeron processor,
    after tat i call the costermer service he send me a urgp pakage i c tat RM1399 tat 1 pentium dual core n got DVD buner n wireless ….. between tat RM949 n RM1399 which 1 more nice….. if i take tat RM1399 tat 1 C778TU tat 1 izzit the same hardware instalation tat jayce giv tat 1?

  24. sky, look at it this way, if ur those who wan hassle free or mainly using notebook only, then C778TU is better. I’m those who like to tamper on the hardware and using notebook as secondary device since I have desktop as my primary, in fact I dun require dual core since I mainly use for browsing for me the RM949 is sufficient.

  25. Sky, u mean that RM1399 aredi included delivery charges with WIFI, DVD burner and Pentium Duol Core. What about other spec? Remain unchange? That will be great!

  26. i think is include delivery d 1 la is tat guy send me 4 the urgp file 1 ….. DVD burner webcame pentium dual core ….. wireless…. tat all diff i think mayb i will take tat pakage RM1799 tat 1 cz no nid so “mafan” for the driver instalation …..

  27. Hi Sky, Thanks for your info and I have get the upg list from Melissa. The diff of 1 & 2 is the HDD and window vista. I m still considering which one to grab.

    Jayce, How u find this spec? Can it support window vista? How u find window vista and window xp? It is more convinince for us to take Upg 2 (whom might not know how to down load driver and install window) but if the system always give us problem then I will consider take the difficult path.

    Range Upg-1 NB Upg-2 NB
    Part No KU783PA KU784PA
    Model Presario C778TU Presario C779TU
    Citibank Price: RM 1,399 RM 1,799
    Processor Intelยฎ Pentiumยฎ Dual Core processor T2370
    Memory (Std/Max) 1024MB 667MHz /
    max to 2GB DDR2 Memory (1GB x 1 pcs)
    Hard Disk Drive 80GB 120GB
    Optical Drive DVD +/- RW Double Layer Drive
    Bluetooth No No
    Wireless 802.11b/g 802.11b/g
    Operating System Free DOS MS Windows Vista Home Basic
    Integrated WebCam Yes Yes
    Display/ Resolution 15.4″ TFT WXGA high definition widescreen LCD
    panel with brightview technology
    Chipset Intel – GM965 and GL960
    Graphic Chipset Intelยฎ Graphics Media Accelerator x1300 (shared)
    up to 64MB Total Available Graphics Memory
    External Card Expansion No
    Audio 2 Altec Lansing branded Stereo Speakers
    Fax/ Modem Speeds High speed 56K
    Network Interface Integrated 10Mbps, 100Mbps
    Pointing Device Type 101 key compatible, 1 Quick Launch Button and
    Touch Pad with On/Off button and dedicated
    vertical and horizontal Scroll Up/Down pad
    Ports USB 2.0 x 3, VGA x 1, TV out x1 , RJ-45, RJ-11,
    Stereo Headphone Out, Microphone in, Kensington
    Media Card 5-in-1 intergrated digital media reader slot
    Battery Type/ Life 6-cell Lithium-Ion (4.4Ah) โ€“ provides up to 4 hours
    and 16 mins of battery life
    Dimension 35.7 x 25.7 x 3.28 ~ 4cm
    Weight 2.76kg /6.10lbs with 6 cell battery

  28. C, I will take Upg-1 NB since the only different is original Windows Vista and 120GB hard drive. Malaysia still full of ‘pirate king’. ๐Ÿ˜›

    April, RM949.

  29. Jus my 2 cents thought, for me i will take those system that “Don’t” come pre-installed wit O/S. Reason is that whenever I install o/s to a new system, it become a challenge for me. Do you know that the 1st time I install o/s for C749TU it took me hours jus to be able to install it (my o/s disc won’t run) and another few hours to search for drivers. In fact I’ve jus found all those (complete) drivers recently.
    WinXP will still be my prefered o/s unless I got core2duo / quad wit 4GB ram, then maybe I will try vista.
    Hey it’s better to learn how to install & maintain ur system rather than jus send for service whenever problem arise, who knows wat they copy from ur system, maybe another “Edison” story?? he..he..

  30. haiZzz i aredy order tat RM1799 pakage now waiting they delivery hope no prob wit tat laptop …..i wan ask ho… tat laptop RM1799 tat installed window vista oni ?? other driver softwear? izzit installed oso?

  31. Jayce,
    Thanks 4 ur advice. I will take the 1399 offer…..then. Perhaps I might need ur help later when I get my lap………in how to install the driver and window xp.

    Not everyone like Edison save everything in hard disk. I will prefer to save elsewhere……….ha….ha…..Any how will take ur advice to learn more. Hopefully u guys can teach more on this.

  32. I recently ordered the C779TU package, RM1799 + RM50 for the casing, this is the first time I buy a notebook, it’s cheaper than buying from reseller. Jayce, how come your website got so many ads? Do u earn any income from the ads?

  33. sky, yes, original… And it should come with every driver ready. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    C, no problem.

    darren, ads == earning lo… More ads == more earning lo… ๐Ÿ˜›

  34. This Compaq’s service really questionable. I placed my order on 18/March, till now i’m still waiting for it to arrive *sigh*
    I bought from Dell before, remembered they are way faster…..

  35. Jayce, not only are the HP slow to response, they don’t response at all until you call them (email no use). contact u give (jan-may-jamie.liew@hp.com), I mailed her twice but no response at all.
    Don’t know, maybe they don’t wanna accept this (Shell Card) order (no/less commission), better do normal sales 1st can get more commission ma..

  36. Sorry about Jamie contact… I just got to know that Jamie is not longer attached to HP. So she cannot receive and reply your email. Her email is not longer in HP database. ๐Ÿ˜›

  37. no wander la.. Anyway for those who fax in ur order form to HP, pls. call them to confirm that they receive ur form don’t wait, I doubt they will call u in 5 days as stated.
    (1st time I fax in my form, I called and screwed the customer service for their slow response, since that all my friends form are sent by email plus call)

  38. after so many sleepless night, finally my compaq arrived ๐Ÿ™‚ but still no time to install window.

    Just to confirm, only Broadcom mini wifi working is it??? Any others? What price i should be looking at for a new one??


    For those who want contact hp:

    Sales Person: Wah Koon Gene Tan
    Agent Extension:34462 (Please contact 1800-88-6998)
    Email : wah-koon-gene.tan@hp.com

  39. Chick, last time I check with HP price is RM334, better confirm with them, as for other shop I searched around penang but no 1 selling, they even ask me where got new notebook without wifi wan…

  40. Omg, then fat chance for me to get a new mini pci wifi as I’m from sarawak.
    So RR u bought yours from lelong? But won’t confirm working all right even with broadcom one is it?

  41. Chick, I believe the broadcom wifi should work OK, only that the last 2pcs maybe spoilt card since it’s 2nd hand ma…

  42. yeah…. me finally get my laptop c779TU it working very well nothing prob …… but oni feel slow then my desktop alot…. n battry very fast finish……

  43. Jayce,

    U r right better call them as for my case, I have already faxed in the order on 1st April, no one call me till 4 April. I called them on the 4th as the receiver reply me that the sales person will contact me by 10th, so I wait till 10th but no one call me as well. I did call them again on the 10th and explain all the situation above then a lady Stephenie called me to take my order. At last my order confirmed. According to her they will send me an e-mail to confirm it. Unfortunately, I did. Call them again on 14th but the receiver said Step will return my call but she did. Call again today, respone by Ms Leow that my order already process and they have already charged on my credit card on 11th. The lap will only arrived in 14th working day from 14th. You got to follow up closely else they won’t reply. I am still waiting for mine to arrive.

  44. Finally, I got my laptop today. They called me yesterday “Will deliver today” From the day I faxed till delivery take 22 days.
    Jayce, I need your help now. How can I down load the driver. I learn dos before but >20years, already return everything. the model I take is C778TU. How can I use dos to access your web? How can I down load all the driver that you recommend in your web?

  45. Jayce,
    After down load the driver, how can I install the window XP? Window has been so user friendly till everyone forgotten dos.

  46. C, jus download all those required drivers to a thumbdrive, install winxp to the notebook, once complete, copy all the drivers to ur notebook and install all the drivers 1 by 1.

    Btw, did u know how to install winxp? … jus checking ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. RR,

    Actually I don’t really know but I will try it.
    So, it means that I should install the window xp first then only install the driver, right. Sorry, because I though I should install the driver first. BTW, what should I keyin to install the window xp after I insert the disk?
    Ha! Ha! I really only know how to use it but not to setup it. This is 1st try and a good learn path for me. I have bought a few computer desk and lap top but all are come with everything ready to use. Hope that you won’t feel unconfortable to teach someon with 0 knowledge. He! He! I really want to try it……….

  48. C, just follow RR instructions. It should not be hard with 0 knowledge. Just it will waste you a lot of time when you need to restart to do it again and again. FYI, I learn PC by myself during secondary school. Not sure how many time that I have formated my PC during that time. ๐Ÿ˜›

  49. Hi Jayce & RR, or perhaps anyone?
    I have get my computer done with the installation, but it left out some drive………..the wifi driver, and Ethernet controller, PCI device.
    Please help

  50. c, for the pci device, u must install uaa driver 1st, then it will detect sound & modem, as for ethernet controller, jus install the wifi (atheros) ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. Hi!!Jayce,

    I had bought that laptop..but suddenly hv some problem..when i use headphone,the sound also come out from laptop speaker…my laptop also hv unknown device…i can use only one USB port for one time…if more than one,their are some power usb problem will come out…can u fix it…please.thanx

  52. Hi Faiz, please use the drivers posted at my website. Based on your sound issue, you are using the wrong sound driver. Same apply to other device. Please try all the driver first and let us know the result then. Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. Jayce,

    I install all the 3 driver that you recommend (Infact I install all the driver that you recommend there) I am having problem with no sound “volume device not found” and I am not able to connect to wifi and dialup internet. I can only use the LAN. Please advice.

  54. Hi C, for sound did u install the microsoft uaa driver 1st? after install u must use the “have disk” method or let it search through web for the “High definition audio” driver. As for wifi would u mind explaining how u install the driver? (for the intel & broadcom driver u just run the exe file) as for atheros u have to manual update the driver.

  55. I have reinstall the sound driver. I think it works now. i know because my wifi is not working so I unable to open the file for UAA. So now my problem is wifi. I down load the 3 that you recommend but it doesnot work

  56. I have try but I m not very sure how to manual update the atheros. I click into the atheros AR2425 WLAN b/g that u given, it link me to the file xp32- I open the file. It show 3 files only; ar5211.sys, net5211.cat, net5211.inf. How to do manual update??

  57. since u have extracted the files, go to device manager double click on the “ethernet controller” then click on install driver button, next select “install from a list or specific location”, browse to the folder where u have extracted the files and press “OK”. Press Next to continue, the driver will then be installed.
    Hope this help.

  58. C, i believe u still haven’t extract xp32- yet, u only browse it in the windows explorer tat’s why u can’t find the folder during the driver installation.
    So wat must u do is create a new folder, then select all the 3 files and copy to the new folder or jus use winrar / winzip to extract the file and then re-do the steps that i mentioned in post no 98 ๐Ÿ˜›

  59. I manage to install the atheros AR5006X wireless network adapter but when I click on the wireless icon at the right hand side bottom “it show no wireless network found in range, make sure the wireless switch on your computer is on.” althought my area having wireless and i have try to press the on key at the left upper side. Do I need to set any other to on the wireless? Please help.

  60. good to hear tat, as for the upper key for wireless, have u install the quick launch driver? once install, the switch will function but the light will remain orange then press refresh network list to find other wireless network ๐Ÿ˜›

  61. Jayce,
    You feel like a bit unpassion with me. I am sorry because I really don’t know much. I did install the quick launch driver that you given sp38171, unfortunately the light is still red/orange for wifi. I try to reinstall and reinstall, but it doesn’t work. I just thought would it be anythink else i forgotten or would it be not compatible or the hardware problem??

  62. Sorry if I make you uncomfortable. ๐Ÿ˜›
    The light is always orange for WiFi. We have to live with it like this for the moment.
    Is your WiFi working now? Anything else is not working? Let us know… ๐Ÿ˜€

  63. I have a Presario C700 laptop that use to have Vista on it, but I had some issues so I installed Win XP pro. The chipset is a intel 2 core duo CPU T5750. I was able to find all the drivers except the audio. Does anyone know where to get them?

  64. I just bought a C799TU here in Australia. there is a note on the carton it says “wireless access point require and not inlcuded” what does it means?

  65. By the way, the retailer told me this model is eligible for AUD 100 cashback but I coudn’t find this model on HP’s website, not sure if I can still claim… any idea?

  66. Not sure what is inside your C799TU. Wireless access point is something like modem that you can connect to. It’s normal not included.

    As for the cash back, you better call HP to find out more. ๐Ÿ™‚

  67. No. C799TU might have wireless module. I say ‘might’ because I don’t have the C799TU spec with me.

    When you have wireless module in your notebook, you need to connect to wireless modem (wireless access point) to connect to Internet.

    Just ask HP if you have any doubt. They sure can help you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  68. Oh, you are Jamie from HP. Did you still work in HP? We can’t find you with the email and phone here.

    By the way, I know another Jamie Liew. I thought you were her. ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. heheh.. no i don’t work there anymore… it seems you know your stuff very well… hahaha… keep up the good work.. is good to help people.. Take care..


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