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Invoking Setup on older Compaqs

By infopoint ·
I have recently acquired two old Compaqs:
1. 486/33M
2. Pro Workstation 5000

I'm pretty sure there is a key sequence to use in order to get to the setup screen but I don't know what it is and when to press the key. I know on some older pcs, thecurser would go to the top rh corner of the screen at which time you could press a key and get into setup but these two little devils refuse to do that. Will I also need a setup disk ? Can anyone help me out ?

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by infopoint In reply to Invoking Setup on older C ...

Point value changed by question poster.

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by colin_mendonca In reply to Invoking Setup on older C ...

When you first start the PC ,you will get a screen reading "press the del key to enter setup"

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by William Jay In reply to Invoking Setup on older C ...

Howdy,

Older Compaqs often require a setup bootdisk from Compaq, (also called the diagnostic diskette), otherwise F10 is the one . . .

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by 1stladytech In reply to Invoking Setup on older C ...

If all else fails, disconnect the Floppy drive and wait for the error at boot - it will usually give you an oportunity to enter cmos setup at that point.

Vickie

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by D_V Ant In reply to Invoking Setup on older C ...

I used to do support for COmpaq. William Jay has it right. Award him the points. Compaq uses the F10 key to enter setup. On older Compaqs, the setup utility was on a hidden partition on the hard disk. If the drives have been replaced or repartitioned and the setup partition was not recreated, then you will need to go to their website and download the setup utility. One word of warning, If you download them to a Windows NT, 2000, or XP computer, be sure to save the file in a folder that does NOThave any spaces in the path or it will cause problems creating the setup disks.

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