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Compaq presario 5522

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?

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  • Gayle M Dec 03, 2007

    Hi, thanks for you reply, funny enough i did try that this morning and then loaded the diagnostic floopy to get the start up screen and it was not detected, i also tried another cd drive and still it was not detected, i also tried to configur the cd drive but with no luck, {any idea what it could be?} I downloaded a windows 98 boot floopy disk but everything i type in at the A:\> it just says bad command or file type, the floopy drive will read any disk, diagnostic, ms dos, but im not sure about the dos commands, Please Help!! Gayle,

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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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    erick leach Dec 04, 2007

    you can't download startup disk.you can do it on windows xp just right click it floppy drive and then format.on the format dialog box you will see the format option just check "create startup disk".what you have been experienced is, startup disk could not load the command.com.just because you downloaded it only on the web.there are many ways to create startup disk.if you can provide one computer that is working then it has cdrom drive.try to load the cdwin98 to install one computer that windows 98 will work.on that task you will see "you want to create startup disk?" you just insert the floppy disk.then if you are successfuly done creating startup disk win98.go back to old pc.i dont know if compaq provide their old diagnostic disk.try to reset the BIOS then put it back, the system will detect installed drives.just provide working cdrom and if you will get old hardisk that is working with the lower gigabytes you can install it into your compaq.just do it.i hope it will help you again.

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