I've had my Compaq Presario 725US for a year-and-a-half now. It came with XP Home, which lasted nearly a month. Went to RH8, then RH9. Ran pretty much successfully each time. My hard-drive died last week, so I bought a 60G replacement. Woo hoo!!! I decided to make the best of it and try a couple more distros...
Gentoo 1.4 -- Decided if I was going to do it, I'd do it right, and have it build everything. Took forever.
Knoppix 3.3 -- I have a handful of Knoppy CDs, but it's not what I want on my hard-drive. It installs EVERYTHING from the CD, then you have to spend time removing what you don't want.
Libranet 2.7 -- Figured another Deb might be better. It didn't automagic'ly set my X, but I got around that. Used apt to upgrade the system, and promptly broke it.
Decided to go back to RH, then I started reading more about Fedora. Decided to try it, and it's staying... With a few tweaks. It's the first distro to support the ACPI right off the top, and klaptop. Replaced Mozilla 1.4.1 with 1.5. Had to remove OpenOffice at the same time, so I replaced that, too, with an official download. Put on Kool-Gorrilla icons, and it's good to go.
I might even keep the graphic boot-up.
First page I found with all the specs...