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Need hardware specs on OS-locked laptop

By Jay Garmon Contributor ·
I've inherited a surplus Compaq Armada M300 laptop that has been agressively upgraded by my employer's IT staff--meaning it no longer conforms to factory specs, and I don't know the first thing about working with a laptop that has no accessible operating system. Officially, the M300 is still running XP Pro, but our tech has disavowed the license and can't provide a password, so I can't so much as log on. I need some way to boot around the OS and determine the exact hardware specs so I can begin preparing a Linux install to pave over Win XP.

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Wow, sorry I was unclear (I'm a n00b). The f10 trick was very helpful, at least in specing out what I'm dealing with. This was exactly what I'm looking for and, based on what I've been told, I can now choose a bootable Linux distro and begin paving over this thing called XP.

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