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    Invoking Setup on older Compaqs

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    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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    • #3357508

      Invoking Setup on older Compaqs

      by infopoint ·

      In reply to Invoking Setup on older Compaqs

      Point value changed by question poster.

    • #3358521

      Invoking Setup on older Compaqs

      by colin_mendonca ·

      In reply to Invoking Setup on older Compaqs

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

    • #3358425

      Invoking Setup on older Compaqs

      by william jay ·

      In reply to Invoking Setup on older Compaqs

      Howdy,

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

    • #3358263

      Invoking Setup on older Compaqs

      by 1stladytech ·

      In reply to Invoking Setup on older Compaqs

      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

    • #3358230

      Invoking Setup on older Compaqs

      by d_v ant ·

      In reply to Invoking Setup on older Compaqs

      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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