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R4000 will not boot, I think HD is bad. Is there any online manual to show how to take apart to get HD out? Also are there updates to BIOS so that I can boot from USB [now only floppy, cd, HD or network]. Is there any way to run laptop without a HD, by using an external HD [these are cheaper and I have afew extra ones]. Thank you Steven

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  • Steven Mettler
    Steven Mettler Oct 18, 2008

    usb option is not in bios version F.14 that is on laptop now. I am not sure if bios upgrade will add it in bios? That was what I was asking. Also, according to bios update, it is done under windows so I guess I'll need to buy a new HD first or is there another way? thank you Steven

  • Steven Mettler
    Steven Mettler Oct 20, 2008

    will not boot from CD. Compaq told me in online chat if HD goes it will not boot to anything, wouldn't tell me if bios update will correct or not, they didn't seam to know much. I called today to get a price on HD and they told me they wouldn't tell me a price unless I had serial number [as if there are millions of HDs for a laptop].



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Yes u can run a usb from the boot menu

u will have to configure the bios.........

u may have to make some changes to ur external hard disk
u will have to use some ones comp to do these aas urs is not working...................

i got this from the net and this should work

Make your flash drive bootable using Bart's mkbt util: | Alt: Put a bootable floppy disk in your A: drive or create one using Windows.
Download and unpack to to new temp folder you create.
Go to the temp folder.
Extract the bootsector from the bootable floppy disk. eg Open a DOS Window and go to the directory where you extracted MKBT. Type:
mkbt -c a: bootsect.bin
The boot sectors from the bootable floppy disk have just been saved to a file in the temp folder you created.
Format the flash drive in FAT or FAT16.
Copy the bootsector to the flash drive. Open a DOS Window and go to the folder where you extracted MKBT. Type:
mkbt -x bootsect.bin Z:
"Z" represents the flash drive drive Letter. So if your flash drive has another drive letter, then change the "Z" accordingly.
Now you can [grin] "should" be able to copy the utils you need to the pen drive.

Posted on Oct 18, 2008

  • Varun Kumar
    Varun Kumar Oct 18, 2008

    ok then ur problem seems to be that ur bios does not support usb boot...

    what u could do is first get ur updates on a floppy which u will get

    and then if u could manage to get hold of a bootable Linux installation (On a CD) u could boot the linux and then update ur BIOS from linux

    tell me if that works.......


  • Varun Kumar
    Varun Kumar Oct 27, 2008

    i am telling u can

    boot atleast from a cd if the HD fails i have tried that ..

    and maybe ur hard disk did not fail it may just have been dislocated from its place ..

    did u try a person whos has experiece openin laptops...



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