Many computer startup problems are caused by minor errors in the software that control the storage of files on the hard drive. I believe it is no longer free, but will cost me about. The machine offers a bright highresolution display that supports the vga video standard, the first laptop with that feature. Terry stewart tezza talks about vintageclassic computers in his collection. Anyway, once he got it in i tried turning on the slt286 and it worked first time.
This feature is especially handy for diagnosing hardware issues that prevent the. Compaq slt286 personal computer is a troubleshooting guide. Sep 23, 2012 so, pretty much the only option i had was to convert a disk image to their internal ipf format first, and then write it out. This guide is about recovery disks for compaq computers for the following versions of windows. Flooded 286 laptop from 1988 compaq 286slt part 2, she. Compaq portable slt286 1903 computer computing history. I figured other people also might have a reason to do this so i documented the disassembly process in photos. Compaq recovery disk guide for windows xp, vista, 7, 8. This document is for hp and compaq computers that came with windows 10 installed.
Theres still a problem with the hard drive controller, which i havent looked into yet, but booting from a floppy works. Since the windows 98 setup diskette run msdos not windows theres no need to buy a doscomputer to check that disk with fdisk. Deskpro 386 setup was completed as shown in your link by running setup from the disk. Slt 286 memoryten products carry a lifetime exchange or repair warranty against manufacturing defects.
Compaq slt286 drive error archive vintage computer forum. Slt series memoryten products carry a lifetime exchange or repair warranty against manufacturing defects. Products may also be returned in original condition within 14 days of delivery for full credit minus shipping. The first computer to use vga 640by480resolution graphics, it revolutionized portable displays. It all worked, initialized the pc and formatted the 40mb hdd and installed the software.
Compaq slt 286 usa 1988 this computer kindly donated by dan kjellarsson, thanks. The compaq lte\\286 restore repair diagnostic setup software. If your battery is dead it demands that you run the setup disk to set the clock. This 720k diagnostics diskette contains setup version 8. If you dont have the recovery software provided by compaq or hp, download our recovery and repair disk for compaq or hp computers. Download easy recovery essentials, our recovery and repair disk for compaq computers. How to install a diagnostic partition on a compaq hdd your. How to install an ide hdd in a 286386486 and install dos. In bios setup ive move the dvdcdrom drive to top of boot list still no luck. Accessing an old dos hard drive may 2014 forums cnet. For ps pc200 pc300 4 disk set dos 1989 files 3,557,721 bytes 19,593,216 bytes free c.
How to install a diagnostic partition on a compaq hdd. Compaq deskpro 386 maintenance and service manual pdf download. Ive have just cleaned out my garage and i find a compaq slt286 laptop. At 14 pounds, including the battery and the hard disk, the slt 286 strains the definition of laptop. The grid compass was designed in 1979 by a briton named william moggridge 19432012 for grid systems corporation. Windows xp, windows vista, windows 7 and windows 8 a recovery disk is also known as a restore disc, repair disc, boot disc or rescue disk. We also supply unlimited lifetime tech support for this item.
I have an old computer a compaq slt 286 how much is it worth. The evolution of the laptop computer page 15 techrepublic. The hard drive test will detect and repair these errors but will not produce a detailed report of all the actions taken. In case anyone was wondering, it was a compaq slt 286. Compaq presario cq60 is it compatible with windows 10. I received an old compaq slt 286 laptop bios date june 16th 1989 from a business who were selling their old computers for virtually nothing. Realize that the latest version of windows you could run with that machine as is would be windows 3.
Compaq s first computers were portable lunchbox or luggable computers, and as such belong to the compaq portable series. I extracted the contents and wrote them to a disk image. Operating and performance specifications pro chapter 1 vides operating and performance specifications for the compaq deskpro 386 personal computer. Anyways, i have my slt 286 from a thrift store sans charger open and before me on the desk. I have a replacement but i cant get into the bios as i have no boot floppy for it. The compaq lte286 laptop has to be one of my favorite retro laptops that i own, it might be due to the fact that it was my very first laptop that i owned, it was given to me by a friend who found it in a skip and all it had installed was msdos 3. Its contained within a dallas rtc chip i think its a ds1287, will need to check again sometime. Apr 20, 2011 this is an old hobby of mine, one of several. It will be about a 700k email if thats ok at your end.
Hi, this is now an old laptop, maybe 7 years old, but hardly used and perfectly functioning on windows 7. Pcx86 can now boot the compaq deskpro 38616 rom bios. When i boot it up it says i need a diagnostics disk. We also provide an extensive windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.
Aug 19, 2007 i have just recently got hold of an old compaq slt 286 laptop pc. There were dozens of those and most are still floating around. Furthermore, the compaq portable ii doesnt have a bios setup screen, the way you set the bios parameters is by booting a special diagnostic disk. This is the second part of a project that started 3 years ago with this 1988 compaq slt 286 which was found in water in a skip my social. Page 7 summary of text the compaq deskpro 386 maintenance and service guide con tains the following eight chapters. In this video i explain how you can install an ide drive in your 286 386early 486. When it comes to chic and class, no other micro in my collection can compare to this little compaq slt286 laptop. From what i can gather, there are 3 transformers in a row on the board maybe that was a different website. I was at a computer repair shop when the owner found. Compaq presario can only boot from hard disk windows 7 help. Nov 06, 2014 i have an old computer a compaq slt 286 how much is it worth and what can i sell it for. The cmos battery seems to be dead, it wont hold any settings. Please practice handwashing and social distancing, and check out our resources for adapting to these times.
The recovery disc creation software can be used to create a set of recovery disks for compaq computers shipped with windows vista. Learn how to reinstall or restore an hp computer with windows 10 to an earlier state. May 08, 20 super rare compaq slt286 laptop with accessories. The software described in this guide is furnished under a license agreement or nondisclosure.
These disks can be used to setup a new hard drive, scan an existing hard drive for errors, install or re install windows, upgrade your pcs bios, run dos utilities and much more. I just hope that the power supply is ok since the rtc could fail as mentioned above. It has a 12megahertz 80c286 processor, a new lowpower chip that is among the faster 80286 microprocessors, and it is certainly capable of handling most app. Not positive, but you may actually be able to use a generic at 286 setup.
The first one, i connect the battery and the power adapter and flick the on button on the lefthand side. Common keystrokes that will access the bios setup are f1, f2, f10, and del. So i got tricky booted from vista and starting windows 7 install cd from windows explorer. Users that own a compaq computer model that features a hard drive diagnostic partition can access the diagnostic utility on the partition by press the f10 key on boot up. Hp notebook pcs nonsystem disk error or disk error. System performance of the compaq slt 386s20 laptop has been enhanced by combining the 20mhz intel 386sx microprocessor with a 4kbyte fourway set associative cache memory design, highspeed fixed disk drives, a highperformance 16bit graphics controller and support for an optional 20mhz 387sx. It was onefifth the weight of any model equivalent in performance and was used by nasa as part of the space shuttle program in the early 1980s. Recently i had to crack open my compaq slt286 to modify the dallas battery ic deep within. The laptop was one of those ancient compaq ones from the late 80searly 90s theyd ripped the guts out of it, and installed new equipment the fancy system in it as a ruse. Also, learn how to perform a system recovery using hp recovery manager. While working through issues with this rom bios, i created some lightlyannotated source code that can be reassembled with nasm. Hello, i have a compaq 286 in wich i try to install a ssd.
I am using a windows 98 computer to load the diagnostics and bios. I ran the floppy diagnostic disk, and went to save the changes and restart the computer. I was so excited because id used to have one of those laptops. My question is is my laptop compatible with windows 10. Install hung part way through and i had to turn off the computer. After putting in the setup disk and resetting the bios options its working away beautifully.
Mar 21, 2016 installing win10 on an old compaq laptop it wont boot from usb so i made a dvd of win10 and while it starts to boot from that, and puts up the little blue window logo, 10 hours later, thats still there and theres no sign of activity other than when i remove the dvd, windows complains about being interrupted. Compaq was proud of its evershrinking portables, as can be seen in the ad in the upperleft it shows the portable i, ii, iii, and slt 286 sitting next to each other. As the products evolved, laptops and notebooks were created offing a new level of portability that caused the market to explode. I have a compaq portable 286 that the hard drive died in. It has a 12megahertz 80c286 processor, a new lowpower chip that is among the faster 80286 microprocessors, and it is certainly capable of handling most applications. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your windows 7 pc be it dell, hp, acer, asus or a custom build. Install all appropriate loopback plugs and terminating plugs for complete testing. Enter the designated keystroke to get into the bios setup.
This site offers a boot disk for everything from msdos 3. I created that floppy using a file from compaq and a dos 3. The cmos battery died and the settings were deleted, now it doesnt boot and tells me to insert a diagnostic floppy. Chapter 2 poweron selftest postproblem isolation describes the internal. I found getting to the main board was an involved process. Ibm 16g8571 qic2b tdc 4220 internal scsi tape drive 5. The original hard drive conner cp3024 didnt work, so i started up with the. Still, it is five pounds lighter than compaq s lunchpailshaped portable iii, a significant. For older compaq computers, like the deskpro 286 or 386, you must place the diagnostics diskette in the a.1489 1337 620 1372 783 1416 1279 698 1357 718 1410 1430 273 1252 1548 130 1417 262 340 475 1024 1306 495 742 785 594 381 344 1173 1315 550 1381 1328 527