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How do I install a serial port to my Compaq Presario?

You will need to buy a PCI serial port card and plug it into a PCI card slot on the motherboard.

If your motherboard has a PCI card slot...

If your motherboard has a PCI Express card slot...
9/9/2023 5:26:23 PM • HP Compaq... • Answered on Sep 09, 2023

Different random things have stopped working properly.

‘The Wow starts Now’, was the catch-cry at Vista’s lavish launch early in 2007. The campaign was slick and glossy, but it didn’t take long for users to complain in droves that Vista was as slow as a wet week, a resource hog and painful to work with. The cool aero-glass look wasn’t enough to offset the pain. The verdict: Vista was a cane toad in fancy drag.
Microsoft’s infrequent responses reflected, with crystal clarity, the company’s arrogance. ‘Frankly, the world wasn't 100 percent ready for Windows Vista,’ was how one spokesperson put it. Mostly, Microsoft ignored the howls of protest because it knew that Vista would sell up a storm regardless, because it gets installed on almost every new PC sold.
By mid-year, the rousing chorus chanting that the Wow had become a mere whisper stung Microsoft into action. A new campaign was launched: ‘100 Reasons You’ll be Speechless.’ The marketing hype took enormous liberties with the truth and failed to mention the heavy slug of the Vista upgrade price or the cost of the extra hardware needed to run it.
By the end of 2007, most of the early wrinkles - including missing drivers - had been ironed out via various updates, but Vista’s poor performance remained. Those who hope for Service Pack 1 to improve things will be out of luck, as the tests at this site show. Service Pack 3 for Windows XP, on the other hand, showed a 10% improvement.
Reality bites
Vista’s advantages over XP are largely cosmetic, despite what Microsoft says, while some of its drawbacks are very real. For a light-hearted take on this comparison, check this story which uses reality inversion to great effect by introducing XP as the successor to Vista and going on and on about the many improvements XP introduces.
Bottom Line: If you have a well-working XP set-up on your PC, keep it. There’s little you can achieve with Vista that you can’t do faster with XP. If you run professional graphics applications, the lack of support for the OpenGL graphics library under Windows Vista is an extra handicap. The same applies to CPU-intensive applications like video transcoding, where Vista lags a long way behind XP.
The old XP theme doesn’t look too bad if you change the blue borders for silver ones (Control win-xp-shot.jpg Panel>Display>Themes) and replace the green lawn with a pretty picture (right-click on picture>set as desktop background). If you’re still hankering after Vista’s eye-candy, there’s plenty of it and it’s mostly free.
Vista Style is a popular choice. Vista transformation pack is another. Be warned that some of these transformations can have unintended effects on system stability.
If you still have your heart set on Vista, the best way to avoid the steep upgrade price is to buy it with a new PC. My Vista Business edition came with a bargain Compaq Presario laptop I bought on sale (twin AMD Turion cpus, 1gb of RAM, nVidia go 6100 graphics).
"Vista makes using your PC a breeze"
This is one of the first of the ‘100 Reasons you’ll be speechless’. It did that alright because, fresh out of the box, Vista Business took many minutes to reveal its full glory, the long periods of darkness relieved occasionally by the mouse pointer appearing with the circle spinning like a top.
About performance, the 100 reasons list says this: ‘New technology in Windows Vista makes your PC significantly more responsive while you are performing everyday tasks. Improved start-up and sleep behavior helps both desktop and mobile PCs get up and running more quickly ...’
Don’t believe a word of it - Vista runs many more services than XP and uses far more resources as it looks after itself. That’s no surprise, since new Windows releases have always been heftier than previous versions, and Microsoft’s architects have always relied on Intel to restore performance. Put another way, ‘whatever Intel giveth, Microsoft taketh away.’
"It’s the Safest Version of Windows Ever"
This is the third reason in Microsoft’s 100 reasons campaign. With Microsoft’s poor track record in security, that’s not saying much. Vista’s User Account Control, the great new security feature here, is about as well-thought out as Bush’s invasion of Iraq.
What is the point of forcing a user (who is also the administrator) to re-enter the same password she started the system with, over and over again, and going all dark on her every time she wants to do something? It’s worse than the constant pop-ups in XP that warn us not to open files from un-trusted sources (including those from Microsoft). At least that made you stop and think. UAC just makes you mad.
And Vista still needs the same old security software to keep it protected, despite Microsoft’s assurances to the contrary. More of that further down.
2. Optimize Windows Vista for better performance
That’s the title of one of the articles Microsoft has dribbled out of late to address the issue. It shows clearly that Microsoft is still in denial, preferring to blame the user: ‘That state-of-the-art PC you bought last year might not feel like such a screamer after you install a dozen programs, load it with anti-spyware and anti-virus tools, and download untold amounts of junk from the Internet.’
That’s adding serious insult to grave injury, but the court jesters at Redmond aren’t done yet: ‘Sometimes changing your computing behavior can have a big impact on your PC's performance. If you’re the type of computer user who likes to keep eight programs and a dozen browser windows open at once—all while instant messaging your friends—don’t be surprised if your PC bogs down.’
There you have it, you pitiful dumb users. The final insult for this user who bought a brand-new laptop with Vista Business installed is this piece of advice: ‘If your PC is rated lower than 2 or 3 [on the Vista Experience Scale], it might be time to consider a new PC ...’
The Vista Experience Index
In the Control Panel, clicking on ‘Performance Information’ leads to a panel where Vista offers to rate the Presario's performance. Taking up that option produces an ‘Experience Index’, which holds up numbers like those sullen judges who rate Olympic ice skaters.
You’d assume that the score is on a scale of 5 but it turns out to be out of 5.9, a number only the King's architects could conjure up, isolated as they are in their tall towers at Redmond. They say it's the nVIDIA GeForce Go 6150 integrated graphics chip that's letting the side down, which I’m not ready to accept. For one, the Presario handles Ubuntu’s Emerald’s aero-glass and compiz-fusion 3D with no dramas of any kind.
7/12/2023 6:36:55 PM • HP Compaq... • Answered on Jul 12, 2023

What is the part that

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8/6/2022 7:19:49 AM • HP Compaq... • Answered on Aug 06, 2022

How to reset power on password?

learn that that is hacking(on laptops, desktops have jumpers) HP.com << if you ask them they tell you sorry we do not hack now. in the past they sold you a fix after proving ownership, but that ended so is now called HACKING and to hack , learn to google this why HP BIOS admin Password back door. let me type that for your (easy) https://www.google.com/search?q=HP%20BIOS%20admin%20Password%20back%20door. newer PC and for sure TPM enabled, this fails. in most cases you must page money to hackers to get the RESET what else? pay them.
5/2/2022 1:06:11 PM • HP Compaq... • Answered on May 02, 2022

How to format the compaq laptop

the boot drive? or what. not told what.
5/1/2022 4:57:04 PM • HP 15.6" Compaq... • Answered on May 01, 2022


Get a DVD Ripper:

You can google "DVD ripper" for more selections

Heres one of the top ones:

Good luck!
3/21/2022 2:04:38 PM • HP Compaq... • Answered on Mar 21, 2022

How to replace the 601 battery?

there it is , and is DEADit ran for 10 years ,an amazing run no? a RECORD?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3at_Ev2kOoIit;'s dead jimprimary-undefined-undefined-0.jpgebay has them new. buy it. CQ57-229WM , only.
1/1/2022 3:24:54 PM • HP Compaq... • Answered on Jan 01, 2022

How to remove program opomizer pro from pc

old post I user revo uninstaller. for any that fails to do so in control panel. revo is the best app on earth, IMO. nothing works better. fore sure scan cleaned, wow. https://www.revouninstaller.com/products/revo-uninstaller-free/ this is not spam it us pure wow. as is malwarebytes. i do not get paid to do this ever.
12/24/2021 7:28:39 PM • HP Compaq... • Answered on Dec 24, 2021


From what I have found, that system should come with a DVD-RW drive by default.
  1. Check device manager, see if the drive is detected by Windows as a DVD type drive.
  2. If the drive is ID'd as a DVD drive, but will not browse a DVD movie in MY COMPUTER then there is a failure of the DVD optics of the drive and it needs to be replaced.
  3. If you can browse a DVD, but not play one, then you most likely need a DVD codec installed to read DVDs. Search google for the K-Lite Codec pack.
  4. If you are trying to burn to DVD media, ensure you have a DVD buring software installed as XP has no native DVD burn capability.

12/23/2021 7:14:37 PM • HP Compaq... • Answered on Dec 23, 2021

Compaq Presario CQ57, hard drive failure, code 303, 301, 305

MOH the HDD is bad,. in most or all relic PC even 5 years old, bad/dead,/a wreck. on all SATA drives (is it) 2001 to now we ruin S.M.A.R.T on the drive ask how,. 15 min work or less. ask
12/23/2021 7:14:03 PM • HP Compaq... • Answered on Dec 23, 2021

How do I remove CPU fan?

the fan screw to the HS and he HS screws to the mobo on all PCs made (desk) this PC has , has AMD lever clamps HS to base mounted HP Compaq Presario SR2030NX Desktop A8M2N-LA Motherboard- 5188-6007
12/23/2021 7:13:35 PM • HP Compaq... • Answered on Dec 23, 2021

Computer wont boot up

Hello there and weclome to Fixya:can you tell me if the power supply is even turning on if not double check the power cord to ensure that it is connected in both the computer and the outlet if so if you unplug the cord then press in and hold the power button for at least 20 sec this clears the esd from the machine now try to plug it in and see if it now works if now you will have to replace the power supply which is really easy but try this first and let me know what happnes ok ?Best regards Mike
12/23/2021 3:42:18 PM • HP Compaq... • Answered on Dec 23, 2021

How to install microphone in laptop?

when the times we chat in yahoomessenger,my auntie call me she did not hear any sound from my laptop,,so haow to install microphone?
5/7/2021 11:50:51 AM • HP Compaq... • Answered on May 07, 2021

Lid switch location??????????

HP DV 5000 LID switch location is here:

If You want test lid switch, just connect A+B together for a monent!
If the monitor flashes on...? Lid switch is faulty.
It is too dificult to change the lid switch, so the easiest way is connect these pins together forever. :))

Dont forget to turn off your notebook... he wont sleep anymore ;))


Greetings from Latvia.

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2/11/2021 5:39:03 AM • HP Compaq... • Answered on Feb 11, 2021

Wlan disabled

If you have vista click the start button and in the start search type "hp wireless assistant". It should show up in your list while you type it. Click on it. Once the assistant box shows up, click on "properties". A "settings" box should show up. The main one you need here is "independant controls for installed wireless device". Check that box. The other ones are icons and indicators that you can check at your discretion. If in doubt, check them all. Hit the "apply" button. Then in the upper right hand side of the box hit the button that says "turn on". This should activate the device and if you have a light up indicator on your computer, it should change color or light up. That should do it. Kind of weird how it gets to that point.
2/9/2021 1:45:47 PM • HP Compaq... • Answered on Feb 09, 2021

My system restore has been turned off by a group policy

Resolution 1. Click Start, Run and type regedit.exe and press Enter
2. Navigate to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ SystemRestore
In the right-pane:
  • Delete the value DisableConfig
  • Delete the value DisableSR
3. Exit the Registry Editor.
In Windows XP Professional, you can accomplish the above using Group Policy Editor as well.
1. Click Start, Run and type GPEDIT.MSC
2. Navigate to this path:
-> Computer Configuration
--> Administrative Templates
---> System
----> System Restore
3. Set Turn off System Restore to Not Configured
4. Set Turn off Configuration to Not Configured

For standalone Windows Vista systems, use these steps:
Using the Group Policy Editor
If your edition of Windows Vista includes the Group Policy Editor snap-in (gpedit.msc), follow these steps:
1. Click Start, type gpedit.msc and press ENTER
2. Go to the following branch:
Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | System | System Restore 3. Double-click Turn off Configuration and set it to Not configured.
Note: If the above setting is already set to Not configured, set it to Enabled and click Apply. Then revert back the setting to Not configured, and click Apply, OK.
4. Exit the Group Policy Editor.
Using the Registry Editor
1. Click Start, type regedit.exe and press ENTER
2. Navigate to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ SystemRestore 3. In the right-pane, delete the value named DisableConfig
4. Exit the Registry Editor.

If you set the Turn of configuration option to Enabled, the option to configure System Restore on the Configuration Interface disappears. If the Turn off Configuration setting is disabled, the configuration interface is still visible, but all System Restore configuration defaults are enforced, and the Create button is grayed out. If you set it to Not configured, the configuration interface for System Restore remains, and the user has the ability to configure System Restore.


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2/9/2021 1:44:58 PM • HP Compaq... • Answered on Feb 09, 2021

Drivers for HP Compaq Presario V2000 laptop

pls send compaq notebook presario v2000 audio driver
2/9/2021 11:46:19 AM • HP Compaq... • Answered on Feb 09, 2021

I can't hear any sound from my presario C700 notebook

reinstall the sound driver to fix this problem...sometimes it happens that sound driver gets corrupted due to the wrong settings of media player software....
5/28/2020 2:30:50 PM • HP Compaq... • Answered on May 28, 2020

Cd/dvd rom not reading

It's likely a laser alignment problem inwhich you will need to replace the hardware. However, I had a similar problem once with a notebook and found out that a tiny bread crumb was near the spindal making the cd in the drive off balance. Check liberally for any debris. Good luck!
5/19/2020 5:33:56 AM • HP Compaq... • Answered on May 19, 2020

Do I have blu ray player?

by looking at the product specifications of your model on the HP website it doesn't look as if your particular model has a Blu-ray Player in it.
3/14/2020 1:21:05 AM • HP Compaq... • Answered on Mar 14, 2020
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