Re: compaq presario 1200 / won't boot up

Re: compaq presario 1200 / won't boot up


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Posted by Henry on January 19, 2002 at 19:14:14:

In Reply to: compaq presario 1200 / won't boot up posted by Ken on January 19, 2002 at 13:17:10:

: I have a compaq presario 1200 and it doesn't boot up proper. I have to turn it off and on repetively in order for it to boot up. I have had it into compaq, where they had it for a couple months. They replaced the hard drive claiming that was the problem. It then seemed to work proper for a short period of time. So now I am hoping that coming in here, someone may have some ideas or suggestions. I have gone into their site looking for drivers in order to try replacing the bios but their site basically sucks and freezes up. Any and all help will be appreciated.

: Thanks


The compaq web site is slow and tough - BUT they have a LOT of info for a lot of PC Models (my old 1993 Presario 866 is there); you must dig pretty hard and deep to find what they have. I think your Presario 1200 is a laptop PC. If so, a good starting point will be (you will need your EXACT Model number):
http://web14.compaq.com/falco/sp_list.asp?cat=Notebook

Which Operating System are you using? If you have not done so, download and install all available patches - that often fixes a lot of problems.

Try booting your PC to a bootable floppy a few times to see if it works OK that way. Try running some DOS programs - MSD would be good to run if your HDD is FAT16. If your PC works OK with floppy boot you may have HDD problems (again) - run scandisk (using the RIGHT DOS version), thorough surface scan and see if that fixes anything.

NOTE: DOS from win95a and earlier - such as DOS 6.xx are 16 bit DOS and support FAT16 ONLY. DOS from win95b (win95OSR2) and later are 32 bit versions and support FAT16 and FAT32.

Try downloading and running the compaq diagnostics for your PC; that should identify hardware problems.

compaq SHOULD have drivers for your laptop but if they don't then generic drivers from the chipset maker's web sites usually work OK. You may need programs like SiSoft SANDRA or ctbios to ID your chipsets:
http://www.sisoftware.demon.co.uk/sandra/
and:
http://www.heise.de/ct/ftp/

Good Luck,
Henry


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