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Armada 1700 laptop

I have a armada 1700 will not boot how do i get it to boot i plug it in and the only thing that happens is the two green lights above the touch pad blink

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Hi, my armada 1700 is now working.

No bios menu built-in. bios settings program runs from a floppy disk.
google search:  HP Compaq Armada 1700.  goto link of HP support site whose address starts etc etc.
one of the links in the centre of page will take you to driver downloads.
create a new folder 'armada1700' and download all the win98 drivers to this folder.

run the .exe file that creates a bios update floppy
boot the armada 1700 with this floppy and flash the bios.

run the .exe file that creates a floppy 'compaq computer setup for portables'
boot the armada 1700 with this floppy.  disable ACPI which sometimes interferes with boot-up. (you can enable it later). In each hardware category, is an upper window showing allocated memory addresses and interrupt numbers. check if any hardware conflicts are mentioned in the lower window. Don't make big changes to IRQ or memory addresses. (only later when you are sure this is the problem.)

Once this is done, try installing Microsoft Windows. good luck. I'm still trying

download a pdf copy of
Building a Server with FreeBSD
by Bryan J. Hong

DOWNLOAD freebsd install cd #1 and correctly burn the iso image at 16x speed (not faster).

boot from the cd. let it do most thing on auto but specify your install profile 'X-user'.
that means ordinary user account + windows. the first part of the book will help a lot. the later stuff about servers is not relevant.

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Re: armada 1700 laptop

Remove the battery and power from the A/C and then plug in the battery and a/c cord

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