Compaq Presario 1200 will not boot up. (WARNING: 1999 laptop)

By SuperSmashGame ·
I have recently found a Compaq Presario 1200 (running Windows 98 SE) and I figured I would try to turn it on again. It did nothing when I pressed the power on button, so I found a compatible power cable and charged it. When I turn it on, it either flashes the middle button (=not enough battery) or turns on the "powered" button and shuts off after a while. I think this means the battery is broken.

Broken stuff on it:
-As I said, the battery.
-The screen is completely broken, and even an external VGA monitor will not work.
-F7 to F11 are missing, along with "7" and one of the start buttons.

Now, I don't know if we can do anything about this. After all, the computer is over 22 years old. Would just be neat if we could have it work.
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by birdmantd Moderator In reply to Compaq Presario 1200 will ...

I think spending time or money on such an ancient laptop is a complete waste when you can buy a new laptop for about $200 - $300 with the latest version of MS Windows installed or a Chromebook for even less.

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Too much wrong with it.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to Compaq Presario 1200 will ...

As Tom noted....

If you want a working 22 year old machine, I see them on Ebay for less than what it would cost to fix this one.

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