Hi, i have an old compaq presario 5522 with windows 98, it has not been used for ages, when i try to start it up goes through the memory test and stops with just a blinking cursor, i can't start in safe mode or get the BIOS up using the F2 key, the dvd drive does not work it lights up but will not read a disk, i have loaded a diagnostic start up floopy disk and got the start up screen i can't see the D drive, It lists the A floopy drive and hard drive, I have also tried resetting it to the defaults on the start up screen and also checked all the cables and it still will not work, Any ideas?
Base on my experience with the old pc. it is very sensitive.the parts inside has corrusion it might be damage some chipsets.you harddrive can't detect by your system coz it might be damaged.try to get new harddisk just for diagnostic.i know that kind of pc needs startup configuration.it is very complicated.try to changed hdd first.good luck
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Can you use that port to read any other device?What operating system are you using?Did it work previously?Windows 98 you will have to install drivers.Chances are that old computer has a usb 1.0 so it might not work.However try another device in that port or any usb port on the computer to see if any ports are working.Does your scan disk work on another computer.Have you done a windows update recently.Make sure you try all the above.
In some instances your PC may not be properly recognizing one or more
memory modules. Because you've recently installed new memory, check to be
sure it's properly seated in its socket and the module is compatible
with your system.
If the module is properly secured and
appears to be compatible with your system, remove the RAM and try cleaning the pins using
rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab. Clean each socket on the
motherboard, as well with a soft, clean, dry paintbrush and then blow the remaining dust out.
If problems persist, try changing the
order of your memory modules. DIMM sockets on the motherboard are
labeled (DIMM0, DIMM1, etc). You should always start installing memory
in the lowest numbered socket available. In many cases, the BIOS will
probe the memory module in DIMM0 and address all memory according to
the specifications of the module in DIMM0. If you've installed faster
memory in DIMM0, the system may not be able to communicate with slower
modules in other slots. Placing a slower module in DIMM0 may fix your
problems; however, the faster modules will then, of course, run at a
This is Romeet, id like to try and help with this. Sounds a lot likely to be either Display Driver problem, System Memory or VGA Memory Problem. However we shall try and use the easiest ( Cost Friendly ) method first lols..
Start your Laptop in Safe Mode.
Right Click your " My Computer " icon and select properties.
Go to Display Adapters / VGA Controllers and right click your display adapter and restart your laptop.
WIndows should be able to pick your display drivers again on rebooting and let me know if this solves the problem