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Compaq armada e500

What is the maxmimum supported / working size of a hard drive for this laptop. Also whats the trick of getting this guy to boot from a cd?

f10 opens up bios, noting has worked so far. Don't have any floppies around to test booting from a floppy.

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  • Ekse Jul 12, 2009

    the problem was with the bios, after upgrading the bios it worked normally.

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You can safely install up to a 80 GB HDD in that compaq. When getting into the bios go to the boot sequence section and change the boot squence to be CD=>HDD=>FLOPPY or FLOPPY=>CD=>HDD

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Use the other computer to "format" the disk-space,
and thus make an "empty" partition. Then, reconnect it to your computer, and see if the total capacity of the drive has been detected.

According to the manufacturer's web-site:

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=96717&prodSeriesId=96231&swLang=8&taskId=135&swEnvOID=1093

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Download the latest BIOS-update from the above web-site, and CAREFULLY follow the instructions to update the BIOS.

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The key for bios is F10 just press during compag loading screen or if dat doesnt work immeditely after. I found this out by trying all of them in sequence to see which one worked

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yes u should and u could remove hd to see if bios screen comes out cheak and tak eout 1 ram try anther before u say bad mobo proably tho best bet sell it on ebay used for repair ok

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