Re: compaq hardrives

Re: compaq hardrives


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Posted by Henry on February 10, 2002 at 11:49:30:

In Reply to: compaq hardrives posted by chris on February 09, 2002 at 15:30:56:

: I was given a presario 7461 with a dead hardrive
: , put in another new hardrive, but cannot load windows.
: the bios won't see the cd-rom.
: I read that some bios settings are in the old harddrive ? What should i do ? chris


compaq manages CMOS Setup a bit differently from other PC makers. You (usually) enter CMOS Setup by pressing F10 while the solid block cursor is flashing in the upper right corner of the screen. The CMOS Setup Utility and compaq diagnostics are stored in a special non-DOS partition on the HDD. You CANNOT enter CMOS Setup unless the partition is on your HDD (or diskette). You need the Setup and Diagnostic diskettes from compaq (can you get the docs and diskettes from the previous owner?) so you can build the compaq non-dos partition (actually, you can access BIOS from the diskettes if you prefer not to build a compaq partition). You MAY find the diskettes you need on compaq's web site but you will need to do a lot of drilling to find them:
http://www.compaq.com

compaq Tech Service may be able to help you find the right diskettes.

Good Hunting,
Henry




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