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How do I get into an old Bios?

By dtprice ·
I recently acquired an old Compaq Presario that I believe is a 150mhz Pentium.
Can anyone tell me what key or combination of keys allows me to see and modify the bios?
I have tried the delete, F1 and F2 keys none of these seem to work.

Thanks

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How do I get into an old Bios?

by dRb63 In reply to How do I get into an old ...

Many of the Compaq's used the F8 or the F10 keystroke to enter the BIOS. If that fails, you can always force a keyboard error that will prompt you to enter the BIOS. To force a keyboard error...hold down any keys while powering on the system. This should force the system to recognize a "stuck" key.

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How do I get into an old Bios?

by opatzg In reply to How do I get into an old ...

Don't know about the compaq pres specifically but some old bios used to use CTRL<INSERT>, <ESC>, or CTRL<END> besides the function keys and <ALT>function keys. Normally the PC will tell you at boot up, hit the esc key to clear the windows splash screen and hit the pause key to stop the process and see whats going on.
Good Luck

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How do I get into an old Bios?

by richard_barsby In reply to How do I get into an old ...

Hi answer 1 is correct during the post checks look for a white rectangle on nthe top right of the screen when this appears press F10 and the system bios will appear if it is installed?. The question mark refers to a small partiotion on the hard drive about 2-4% for the bios configuration program & diagnostics. Use fdisk to see if this partion is there if not go to compaq and you can download the files to do this but if the harddrive has been partitioned to 1 partition 100% you will need a program like partition magic or similar to create the small non dos partion, or delete the 100% partition (this will loose all your data and OS) to be able to create the non dos partion with compaqs software.

Rich

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How do I get into an old Bios?

by RCOM In reply to How do I get into an old ...

On the older systems Compaq used a diagnostics program to make changes to the BIOS.

As mentioned here it was often installed on the hard drive. If F10 doesn't work to run the diagnostic program it can be ran from a diskette. You can get the Softpaq to create a disk as they are called from the site I listed below.

After downloading the file run the executable and select yes to the questions this will extract the files. from there, run MAKEDISK.BAT and
follow on-screen instructions.

I think this is the link to the softpaq that's needed for a system this old. If not then you'll be close enough to find it based off of the model number. There's also link with printable instructions available. Good luck.

http://www29.compaq.com/falco/sp_detail.asp?Model=2244&Div=4&Os=0&SoftwareVer=12738

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How do I get into an old Bios?

by MiamiPCTech In reply to How do I get into an old ...

Try using the F10 or F12 Keys, or sometimes even ESC will do the trick.

Good Luck,

MiamiPCTech

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