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Armada E500 I located some old MSDOS 6.2 disks and managed to install msdos 6.2 on the system. Using the old msdos commands I was able to create a DIR on the C: drive. I copied all the files to C:\DOS. I was able to do scandisk, defrag and attrib. I need the old command structure for the config.sys and autoexec.bat files. I also performed the FDISK function. The files on the a drive had .XX_ extensions and using the expand function was able to expand these files. tell me the systems disks contain, io.sys and what else?

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Using edlin you can enter for config sys device=c:\dos\himem.sys device=c:\dos\emm386.exe noems device=c:\dos\cdrom.sys /d:mscd001 /l:e for autoexec bat @c:\dos\mscdex.exe /d:mscd001 ----------------------------------- config sys himem.sys is the upper memory manager emm386.exe is the 'gate' to allow access or combine all of it noems turns off expanded memory cdrom.sys is the CD Driver - yours may have a different name /d:mscd001 refers to the name of the CD Rom Drive (generic) /l:e refers to the drive letter (e:) to designate for the CD Hope that helps If used, rate me

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How do I reformat a compaq armada e500 lap top

Use the Restoration Disk.

Perform a Repair if you are going to keep existing personal information.
(i.e., Documents you have created or downloaded, Photos, Music, and programs you have downloaded, or installed)

Repair is a Non-Destructive Installation.

Perform a Full Installation if you do not plan on keeping personal information.
Full Installation is a Destructive Installation.

If you do not have the Restoration Disk for your Compaq Armada E500, you can obtain it from HP Support. (HP owns Compaq)

In the USA the Restoration Disk is free.
The shipping and handling is not.

$17 for a 5 to 7 day ship, $24 for a 2 to 3 day ship.
Call 1-800-474-6836
(24hrs a day, 7 days a week)

For all other countries please click on this link,

If you format the harddrive the wrong way, you will wipe off the Windows operating system.
You'll have a blank harddrive.


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Depending on the operating system installed, you can get to a DOS like environment.
  1. In Windows XP, Start, run Type CMD Click OK
  2. In Windows Vista/Windows 7, on the search line type CMD, right click Command Prompt on the Menu above, Click Run as Administrator, Click Accept on UAC prompt.
  3. In Windows 98/Millennium, Start, Run, COMMAND, OK

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First tell that which O/S it had earlier coz armada e500 notebook comes with 64 MB RAM and 12 GB HARD DISK , had you upgraded your notebook with RAM AND HARD DISK .
If not then check the hard disk space you have left in the notebook

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Install xp-sp2 on compaq e500

First tell that which O/S it had earlier coz armada e500 notebook comes with 64 MB RAM and 12 GB HARD DISK , had you upgraded your notebook with RAM AND HARD DISK .
If not then check the hard disk space you have left in the notebook.

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A PCMCIA CD drive will work, but only some models. Toshiba makes one, and it would be your best bet.

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Installing widows XP

first, have a WIN XP startup disk...created by (in windows)  inserting floppy and right clicking choosing format and select option "create MSDOS startup disk"

first backup all personal files...then restart and bypass to DOS screen at startup...try using F8 key just after BIOS screen...then select startup to DOS prompt only...then run (from the floppy disc) format c:

now you should have a nearly bare hard drive. repeat above steps and this time choose "startup using CDROM drivers"...then insert CDROM and redirect to that drive letter (d drive?) and run setup.exe.

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My compaq Armada E500 wont come on

Replace hdd couse the pc dont recognize hdd..First go to the bios and load optimal default or optimized default and pres F10 and restart


If it wont work just buy NEW HDD

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External/Internal Hard Drive

Right click on My computer,then manage,disk management, if popup occur,click yes to all and finish,then right click on new drive,create new partition,click yes to all, wait for format.....done.If you don't want to format or already formatted then right click on drive, change drive letter and paths and assign new drive letter away from c.d or e...make it x...problem should be solved JJ

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Your only hope is that you have a Windows XP pro installation disk to either repair or re install Windows, although a repair is only of use if you still have the principal windows installation. How is XP still there if the notebook has been formatted? If your recovery disk ;which I recon was on another partition on the hard drive is long gone, then the only solution is to purchase XP, although XP home is a cheaper, but just as good a version please rate this solution.

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