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By mdt_trucker ·
I have a Compaq Deskpro 486 machine, which all of a sudden displayed a 'system disk error' and since then will not boot. I am trying to reinstall windows, using 95 boot disk - and ran fdisk and got the message NO FIXED DISK PRESENT.
I have looked inside and checked cables etc and looks ok. Also I should mention that it is making a few strange noised, one being a clicking sound (every now and then) the other, I can only describe as a bleep (similar to that of the old Atari tennis machines) if that makes sense?
Any suggestions/ideas would be greatly appreciated, it is my son's machine and I would like to sort it out for him if possible.
Thanks
Mal

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by darts32 In reply to No Fixed Disk Present

The sound you hear is the sound of a bad Hard-Drive. Need to replace.

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by JustAnAdmin In reply to No Fixed Disk Present

Definitely sounds like a bad hard drive. I had one fail last week with the same kind of symptoms. If you are familiar with the system, go into the bios (I think it is F10 on most Compaqs) and there is an IDE test on one of the menus. This test will help verify if it is in fact a failed hard drive.

If the system is still under warranty, just contact their technical support and provide them with the error code given by the IDE (hard drive) test. They will usually ship out a replacement hard drive overnight.

Hope this helps!

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by opatzg In reply to No Fixed Disk Present

Yep sounds like it crashed a few heads on the platters. You'll probably need to replace it with a used drive from some mom-pop shop for around $10 for a 1.2 gig drive up to $20 for a 2 gig drive. It's probably simpler to replace the whole machine for around $25 to a pentium 90+ used computer. Depending where you get it from it may even include the operating system. Good Luck!

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by donmars In reply to No Fixed Disk Present

This drastic situation calls for drastic measures. It appears your drive is dead and will have to be replaced. I have been able to get a bad drive going again and get my essential files off it by using the following method. I swear it has worked forme with drives that make noise and would not respond. 1) Remove drive. 2)hold drive 8 inches over carpeted (not plush) surface. 3) Release drive to fall 8 inches to floor. 4) reinstall drive and verify temporary fix. I should add that a clicking sound could also signal power supply failure, since the 12 volts that spins the drive motor is failing to provide enough current therefore the drive clicks. Kinda like your car starter running with a weak battery. More than likely it is your hard drive failing.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to No Fixed Disk Present

sorry for your loss. replacing a hard drive on a Compaq will try your patience and on one that old, you are in for a time of it. the advice to find a similar size used replacement hd is really good, imho. if you can do that, it might be practical tokeep that old box going. otherwise, on top of getting your deskpro 486 to recognise a large hard drive (need new controller card) you will need to download and install on new drive the special Compaq diagnostic partition and setup utility disks. maybe time to buy a $400 reconditioned emachine?

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by PaulP In reply to No Fixed Disk Present

If you do opt to replace just the drive, do a little research before you spend any money. Long ago COMPAQ computers were very proprietary. You could not install or replace just anything. It had to be genuine COMPAQ or else it probably would not work. Even their keyboard connectors were different. I don't know if your system is old enough to fall under those proprietary requirements, but it might save some hassles if you knew ahead of time.

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