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I recently bought a fixer-upper Compaq Armada 1700 and was wondering a few things. 1) What is the maximum hard drive space that this model will support? 2) What is your opinion on using Ubuntu on this laptop? I really do not want to install a Windows OS on it if I do not have to (despise it with a passion)

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This would use a EIDE disk which generally tops out around 160GB. It is a disk problem not a computer problem. Unbuntu would work a lot better than any Windows OS. I'd go for it.
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Compaq armada 1700-when powering the system the following error appears "Error loading operating ststem"


There is a good possibility that the hard disk drive may be failing, so if you can try running diagnostics and see if you get a failure on the hard drive.
If you can't run diagnostics, then boot to your Windows CD, press R for recovery console, then at the command prompt run the command CHKDSK /R see if you get any errors on files.
If that doesn't resolve, then boot to the windows CD press enter instead of R and repair windows.
If that still fails, then the hard drive is likely bad

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Hard drive


You will find the drive inside the small compartment on the botton toward the front of your computer.

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Hi i have compact armada 1700 and it is missing operating system what is the problem


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If it is missing the operating system then you are missing windows i.e. Windows XP, Windows Vista etc etc


You will need to purchase a CD from any reputable PC shop or online, and then install onto your PC

Mar 08, 2010 | Compaq Armada 1700 Notebook

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External HD device driver for Compaq Armada E500


First, try the external drive in some other "recent" computer.
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

this computer dates from 2001/2002. So, the claim of a maximum of 32GB probably is correct -- drives larger than 32GB were either not-available, or were prohibitively-expense, nearly 10 years ago.

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

However, you have not said what happens when you connect the external disk-drive, as a USB device. It *MIGHT* work "as is", i.e., without trying to update the BIOS.

Jan 04, 2010 | Compaq Armada E500 Notebook

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Can't get the set-up screen to come up with F10 or anything else!


There are many solutions for your problem. The one I know is to download the soft pack from the section "Software - System Management " that let you create a bootable floppy setup.
It is common for Armadas get the hidden partition with diagnostics and setup erased in formatting tasks.
Well then, download the "Computer Setup for portables" in that section. Before that you need to know the code of your laptop, that comes underneath it.
For example:
Compaq Armada 1700 Notebook PC 6233/S/3200/D/M/1
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Microsoft Windows 98
then
Computer Setup for Portables
download sp and extract files, and use Make Disk.

If you use XP, try download version Win98 / Win2k.

Good luck.

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Help with compaq armada 1700


Sounds like your Hard Drive is gone, or you have a floppy disk in drive or cd in drive, could be a CMOS setting wrong also, but I would suspect the Hard drive is shot on a machine this old. P.S. I am running an Armada 1700 right now. Your HDD door should be on the bottom of the machine about 3"X3" with a 1"X3" lip that is hinged and has a catch on it, you need to release the catch and see if it even has a hard drive in the caddy, it will slide towards the front of the machine, slide it back towards the back it is only held in by the cover's foam and may have come dislodged. Some things to try.

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plz check the hard disk cable if its ok then your hard disk may be bad.

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

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it depends on the motherboard but i would say you can probably go to 2 gb ram. now the hard drive you can use any size you like. if you want to purchase this parts check out these stores and websites.
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Hard drive controller problem


S.M.A.R.T (system monitoring)is the warning software that detects when a hard drive is about to fail, so i would back up any important docs to a disc or usb drive immediately and replace the hard drive. The hard drive controller itself will not be the problem, it's the controller saying that the problem is the drive, the controller is only a driver and not a peice of hardware, pressing F1 will ignore any faults and continue to boot, but especially if it doesnt always boot it's definately your hard drive.

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