First post, by TheAbandonwareGuy
I noticed a pop-up in the corner while visiting there driver site which indicated that "support for this product is ending. Soon support (including hardware drivers and software) will be unavailable". The page would not load correctly and I could not get any information on drivers for the Notebook (a Compaq Evo N610C). This seems to coincide with HP updating their website and it is most likely a move to avoid dealing with moving older information over to the new website as well as an anti-consumer move to force people to upgrade (systems as new as the late Core2 era seem to be affected) and I can confirm that pages (including the prior mentioned) which functioned 3-4 months ago are now either broken or completely gone. This could potentially effect the availability of drivers for computers and hardware from the following manufacturers:
* Hewlett Packard
* DEC (Potentially)
This issue will be most severe for users of older Compaqs that use Compaqs hard drive installed software BIOS configuration suite also known as Softpaqs which are scarce in availability. The second most severely impacted will be vintage laptops from HP and Compaq that use devices with non standard device IDs and do not function correctly without some modification.
My recommendation is that you download ALL available drivers for any system you may have from those manufacturers regardless if you currently need them or not incase you should decide to change or need to reinstall your OS.
This is a huge dick move on the part of HP. This is sad too because I'm a huge fan of there EliteBook line but I will not support an anti-consumerist company.
UPDATE: The community thinks this primarily effects business lineups this go around.
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