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HP Compaq 6000 Pro All-in-one Business PC Teardown

HP Compaq 6000 Pro All-in-one Business PC - Prying loose the rear bezel

After removing several screws from around the HP Compaq 6000 Pro All-in-one Business PC's outer edge, I was able to gently pry loose the pastic bezel. I used a plastic spudger to keep from marring the case.

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23 comments
DEREKGL
DEREKGL

Hi They need tp make the components more compact ie solid state drives, no moving parts etc,easily upgradeable,no overheating issuesThey are not exactly giving the HP box away.

ccrdesign
ccrdesign

Bill, This was a thorough slide show dissecting, what I see as, a well designed piece of electronics. Preference for one manufacturer's components over another's when it comes to the name brands is just that, personal preference. You can blow up just about anything with the right amoount of abuse. Keep up the good work. Jim

SHCA
SHCA

You call that serviceable? If it's like all the hp's I've ever had, it's gonna need service. Good luck with that.

randyjunk1
randyjunk1

Thanks for your good presentations that show us lots of guts. It reminds me, I had a computer similar to that once... around 1978... it was a Radio Shack model I... z80 processor built into the keyboard and 8K of memory. All you needed to do was plug in the monitor, included in the $600 price, load program from the cassette tape drive and off you went to run your real estate applications you wrote yourself in basic.

50-50
50-50

Can you tell us which IEEE 1394 controller chip is in there? For some apps, it's important that it be Hitachi. Also, is the firewire port 4 pin or 6 pin (the 6 pin ones provide power, again, important for some apps such as pro audio). Finally, I don't recall seeing an audio input jack, was it there and I just overlooked it? Thanks!

Tron4America
Tron4America

Nice breakdown pics, Bill. Thanks. Can it run Mac OS X, Snow Leopard at full native speed? My iMac can and does run Snow Leopard, Windows 7 and any version of Linux at full native speed. I'd like to see this run first hand. Best Buy? Also, I agree that these units or their successors need to have the Intel i3, i5, and i7 processors. As for webcams, our organization is retrofitting all of our desktops with Logitech Pro 9000's to allow for telecommuting, teleconferencing and home based work to allow for business continuity during adverse weather and other events. I would like a built in webcam. With 3 years parts and labor, this would be a safe choice. HP lists this from $699 up to over $1200. Notice that HP offers Win 7 or FreeDOS which means that you can buy one without the Win 7 and install an OS of your choice.

Regulus
Regulus

Bill, You spend so much time and effort producing these really excellent and important slide shows. (- actually Power Point presentations) Sorry, they are totally useless to me in that format. You don't even offer us the ability to download the slide deck. Most valuable to me would be a 'Print' version that I could drop into a 'Word' document / File. If that is too much to ask, maybe a PDF version? Thank you for your consideration. -- Yes, I'm going to continue bugging you about this.

john3850
john3850

When my 6 month old Seagate was taking to long to bring up the needed files I checked it and found the most id(7) seek errors I ever seen the other 2 seagates also had hundreds of errors. The bad seagates were backup hd. The 3 bad hd were all different models from seperate stores. This was like deathstars and pixi dust all over again.

gregzdnet
gregzdnet

Been using a digital lifestyles Hipe node computer in the kitchen. Stupid name stupid marketing nice computer. I like all in ones this one the back comes off and you have good access and decent cooling. I converted it to silent cooling as prototype and test bed for server/workstation patent. Runs fine so left it as is and use it almost everyday, It's a Pentium m with Xp and notebook style chassis with 3.5" hard drive. To bad they didn't market them properly they were ahead of the game.

xcsjx007
xcsjx007

We recently had an HP Vendor and reseller come in and demo this for my company as we are about to do a PC refresh. Only concern was some of the features that come prebuilt into the system, such as the HD Webcam. Nice feature, not specifically needed for day to day business roles. Other than that, this seems to be a great new addition to business PC users.

mrevivo
mrevivo

This is a good unit, space saver and clean, but the processors should be available with the Intel i3, i5, and i7.

jtsui
jtsui

Excellent work.

colecrew
colecrew

Seagate hard drive? First thing I would replace!

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

We're currently considering a "print to PDF" feature for out blog posts. I'll suggest that we also add it to our galleries.

Ron_007
Ron_007

I'm with Regulus. I like the content, but not the presentation. Any of his suggestions would be welcome. Why for pity sake are the thumbnails displayed twice (Firefox)? (edit) OK I "found" the collapse thumbnails button. Then I had to figure out which site to allow in noscript (BNET). Much better. In this presentation there are so many slides (good thing!) that I have to scroll, A LOT, every image to see the text. That sucks. I have better things to do with my time.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

I would like to see the HP offer the 6000 Pro All-in-one Business PC with the newer Intel CPUs.

edwardtisdale
edwardtisdale

They didn't seem to run well and this time I got a WD and it works beautifully.

AlexNet0
AlexNet0

In my 8 years experience, I have replaced a *lot* of hard drives. Seagate hard drives have had the lowest failure rate in my experience, the best value, AND bare drives come with a 5 YEAR factory warantee. If nothing else, I would be removing the hard drive to replace it WITH a seagate.

AlexNet0
AlexNet0

In my 8 years experience, I have replaced a *lot* of hard drives. Seagate hard drives have had the lowest failure rate in my experience, the best value, AND bare drives come with a 5 YEAR factory warantee. If nothing else, I would be removing the hard drive to replace it WITH a seagate.

support
support

Why would you replace the Seagate HD colecrew? I never had a problem with them in the past. Did you have a bad experience?

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

What would be the perfect way to display slideshow/gallery content like this? Give me an example. We're always looking for ways to improve the site's design and functionality.

Mugambi Githinji
Mugambi Githinji

am just opptimising my PC after I installed a new samsung HDD, the previus drive was a WD it crushed on me two days ago. Very frustating

waltz
waltz

My vote is for a downloadable PowerPoint (.ppt).