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Do they share any conventions, or just make everything up? In particular, how do they usually handle customization?

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closed as not a real question by Not Kyle stop stalking me, Shinrai, Mehper C. Palavuzlar, Kez, Nifle Mar 31 '11 at 20:48

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Uh, this depends on the manufacturer... – Shinrai Mar 31 '11 at 19:42
Bias aside, I believe that, while obviously uninformed, this is a reasonable question to which there are reasonable answers. – music2myear Apr 1 '11 at 16:48
@Shinrai: I figured it depended on the manufacturer, but I didn't know to what extent, whether they shared any conventions or just made everything up. Maybe that would have been a better question? – Andrew Fleenor Apr 3 '11 at 4:21
That's a much better question, to the extent that I'd vote to reopen if you edited. – Shinrai Apr 4 '11 at 19:46
@Shinrai: Is this better? – Andrew Fleenor Apr 5 '11 at 1:02
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That depends entirely on the manufacturer. In my experience, HP uses a model number for the general configurations down to a certain level. For instance, any model you can buy as-is from the website or from a store will have a number unique to it's configuration. However, if you customize the system, the model number will revert to the closest major model number and ends with "CTO".

I purchased a DV1000 heavily customized. and it was listed as a DV1000CTO rather than the DV1253 or whatever it may have actually been closer to.

But different manufacturers handle this differently.

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