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Laptop Bios... Can't find !!

By bazz22 ·
How do I get to the bios on laptop when booting up ?
I have a Compaq Armada 1700. I got it at an auction with no documentation or warranty etc. The hard drive has now refused to go. I know very little of laptop technology and are reluctant to "fiddle' too much with the inside of it. All I can find is that you press F10 while booting but I fear this only accesses Compaq utilities on hard drive.... which does not go !!
It is a P2 233, 48 meg RAM, IBM 4 gig HD.

It can boot off floppy or CD_Rom.

Any help ideas etc much appreciated.

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by avachon In reply to Laptop Bios... Can't find ...

Hi, well, I'd begin by trying to collect my documentation by starting with compaq's site (www.compaq.com). Does the harddrive seem to work at all? Any light or flashing light on the laptop? compaq's site should also tell you the command sequence forgetting into the bios and this does differ from manufacturer. You could try cntrl+alt+esc or F10 or F1 cntrl+shift+esc. Unfortunately if the harddrive is no good, you would need to replace it, but fortunately this is an easy task. Again, find your documentation first and if it's not on the site, call compaq and they should provide it for a small fee. Good luck.

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by spiceman In reply to Laptop Bios... Can't find ...

You need to update your BIOS by downloading the ROMpaq from compaq:
http://www.compaq.com/support/files/portables/us/index.html.

There is usually only one method of going into the bios on these machines either f10 or f2. Maybe after the bios upgrade you will have no problem. If you have Windows 98 or NT you definitely need a BIOS upgrade!

Good luck.

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by other In reply to Laptop Bios... Can't find ...

Usually, the Del key works for all computers. Compaq builds their "own" version of a MSD dos command. Some of the bios settings are available under the F10 option which is almost a 100% thing with Compaq computers & laptops.

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by wbutler188 In reply to Laptop Bios... Can't find ...

heres the problem you have, your hard disk isnt booting. heres teh problem with compaq... they put there bios info on the hardrive. if the hardrive fails your done. the advice of the bios flashes are good but you have to be absolutely certain you have the right one. you may want to remove the drive and have it checked by a tech shop near you to test the drive itself. if there is something wrong with the drive itself then downlaoding the bios upgrade will be useless. heres another suggestion, make a boot disk and copy scandisk on it. my question is, do you see the c drive by typing c: ? if so is there any data on it? if you can see the drive so go back to a: and run scandisk. let it do a thurow test. also run fdisk, go to opt4 and diskplaycurrent drive info. if you get info on the drive then it there. if it is a black screen with no info after opt4 you may need to create a partition, format it then get the bios update put it on the drive then install window on it. in the future stay away from compaq prod

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by RohilaMan In reply to Laptop Bios... Can't find ...

Compaq, unfortunatly, placed their bios within a hidden partion on the Hard Drive. This is done when you factory install all the software and it repartions everything. You can go to their website, to download new bios updates. This will add everything you are looking for.

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