Need setup key code for Compaq.

Need setup key code for Compaq.

Post by cblanki » Sat, 24 Jul 2004 14:56:01


I am running my NDOffice'98r3 on a Compaq DeskPro 266 pentium. I bought it used
over a year ago and have had no trouble with it. But recently the floppy drive
has triggered a hardware error message on startup. I cannot find the keyboard
code anywhere to get into 'setup' on this machine to see what is what in the
hardware configuration. On my Packard Bells the code is a simple three key
press of cntrl+alt+S, but I can't find anything that works for this Compaq. I
did not get any paperwork from Computer Renaisance when I bought it. Anyone
know what might be the Compaq key code?

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Need setup key code for Compaq.

Post by hyubs » Sat, 24 Jul 2004 18:03:10

on old compaqs you usually push the f10 key when a blinking cursor
appears for a few seconds in the upper right corner of your screen.
this launches the graphical, "windows like" setup program from the
special compaq setup partition on the hard drive..

doesn't compaq's website have this info?

hyubso

 
 
 

Need setup key code for Compaq.

Post by Dominique » Sat, 24 Jul 2004 19:42:10

Um, if I recall correctly Compaqs do have some separate partition or
something where the setup resides. Which is highly uncool if oyu ever
repartitioned the disk or if you installed another disk. Try and look if
you find the "setup" as a download at compaq's website.

Dom
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Need setup key code for Compaq.

Post by rbettstell » Sat, 24 Jul 2004 23:52:41

Hi,

probabely, simply remove the floppy drive from board. The Compaq will
tell you, that the configuartion has changed, you must confirm and it
will boot. This works with other hardware, like hard drives or CD-ROM,
but i did not this this with the floppy.


Rainer
 
 
 

Need setup key code for Compaq.

Post by rsteine » Sun, 25 Jul 2004 06:21:43

Here in comp.os.geos.misc,
Dominique Vocat < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > spake unto us, saying:


Some systems (like my Deskpro 6200's) do that, but you can also use a
floppy diskette.


It's inconvenient, but it isn't required to boot the system (only to
change settings in the BIOS), and one can easily reinstall a new copy
from the system diskettes.

I'm not a fan of the practice, but it isn't as bad as it could be.

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Need setup key code for Compaq.

Post by rsteine » Sun, 25 Jul 2004 06:23:21

Here in comp.os.geos.misc, hyubso < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > spake unto us, saying:


Yes.


It certainly used to. That's where I got the software for my boxes.

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Need setup key code for Compaq.

Post by cblanki » Sun, 25 Jul 2004 14:27:29

***on old compaqs you usually push the f10 key when a blinking cursor
appears for a few seconds in the upper right corner of your screen.
this launches the graphical, "windows like" setup program from the
special compaq setup partition on the hard drive..

doesn't compaq's website have this info?

hyubso
***

Thanks for the info. I couldn't find any such info on the compaq site.
Chip Blank
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GeoGrafix

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Need setup key code for Compaq.

Post by cblanki » Sun, 25 Jul 2004 15:52:11

******on old compaqs you usually push the f10 key when a blinking cursor
appears for a few seconds in the upper right corner of your screen.
this launches the graphical, "windows like" setup program from the
special compaq setup partition on the hard drive..

doesn't compaq's website have this info?

hyubso
******

I found a different Compaq internet site that may have the info I need to
access the setup program I need, but with AOL, going through pages is horribly
slow tonight, so I will try tomorrow. However, The f10 thing did clear up the
error message and the floppy drive is working fine now...although the setup
window never did show itself. How? I don't know.

BTW I do not have the hard drive that came with the computer in it now. I took
my working hard drive from my power pack failed Packard Bell and put it in when
t could'nt format the hard drive that came with the computer. I suspect it is a
slave from a network workstation. Anyone know how to format such a harddrive?

Thanks all for the help.


Chip Blank
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GeoGrafix

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Need setup key code for Compaq.

Post by hyubs » Mon, 26 Jul 2004 05:45:41

you nca download form compaq a utility that will create h "setup
partition" on your hard drive.. but i don't rmember if this destroy s
your c partition.. in other words, you start with a blank dirve, add
the compaq setup partition, then add your msdos partition.. i did it
years ago..


also, i believe another possible alternative is to run the setup
utility from diskette . compaq only loads it on the special hard
drive partition for conveniance..