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Help accessing BIOS on an award Mobo, Compaq computer

Boycott

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the computer is a compaq presario which I want to add another hard drive to (just a 17 gig one...) as a slave, and the master being some lame 5 gig one... OS is Windows 98... I'm fairly sure I have all the jumpers set up correctly... I think I just need to enter the BIOS and set something (i forget, i'm tired... sorry) to auto-detect the new drive, or manually set the slave and primary drives...

I can't enter bios - I can only enter CMOS... anyone have any ideas?
-Pressing Alt+Ctrl+Esc , Del, F2, F8 etc. did not work...
 

wilko125

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um id say if none of those work you are routed. some mobo's have boot menus that u can access by pressing shift+f8 also try all the F# keys, and is the motherboard usb as some boot commands will not work off a usb attached keyboard as it isnt configured during boot on most motherboards. try getting a ps/2 one and trying with that
 

Jung

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I don't know what key it is off hand. Did you check their site?
wilko125 said:
and is the motherboard usb as some boot commands will not work off a usb attached keyboard as it isnt configured during boot on most motherboards. try getting a ps/2 one and trying with that
Ever heard of legacy USB support? I've never seen a system that didn't work with it...
 

wilko125

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junglizm said:
I don't know what key it is off hand. Did you check their site?

Ever heard of legacy USB support? I've never seen a system that didn't work with it...
yeah i think my problem is with the bootloader im using :S not the actual mobo
 

Descent

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Okay, you press F1 or F10 to enter the BIOS. How do I know? I've owned a Presario 5700T and we still have a shitty Presario 1255 laptop lying around with a dead screen cable.

If it isn't either one of those you're fucked. By the way...Those older Compaq's lick the choad with BIOS options.

But if that's the Athlon system you're talking about, you probobly have an FIC AZ-31 motherboard.

http://www.fic.com.tw/product/motherboard/1stmainboard_detail.aspx?type=legacy&model_id=49

Oh, and by the way - Don't flash the COMPAQ BIOS to an FIC BIOS. Your board will be stone dead.
 

Boycott

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I figured out that the reason the hard drive I was throwing into it wouldn't work is because the most his system would hold was 8gigs of space ... I had a nice laugh at the guy I was doing it for ...
 

Descent

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Boycott said:
I figured out that the reason the hard drive I was throwing into it wouldn't work is because the most his system would hold was 8gigs of space ... I had a nice laugh at the guy I was doing it for ...
:lol:

Is this a 486 :happysad:? My 486 has an ECS board that can handle up to 8GB...As with all 486 boxes.

On a side note it has a very good motherboard...That ECS doesn't suck choads for some reason.
 

Boycott

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a 450 will just hands down not hold the space - updated or not ...
 

Descent

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P2-450? What the fuck dude?

I've run an 80GB on a Celly-500 and a 10GB on a shit-ass Dell OptiPlex GXa P2-300.

What model of Presario is this? I'll grab you the SoftPaq BIOS upgrade.