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Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:24 pm:   

i have a compaq 5660 Pll. I want to fdisk my hard drive and reinstall windows but compaq's bios is on the hard drive so if i fdisk it will the computer go blank?
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:24 pm:   

from wdegroot:
get a utility called delpart
it will let you see and delete partitions
just don't go banging keys till you read the screen
it will call the "compaq" diag partition a non-dos
btw, if you ever try to use a drive that has
such a partition in a non-compaq system it will
choke on that partition.
if you want to save the diag files to floppy,
the diags allows you to do that
while you are in diags
if diags partition is deleted, the system will usually
recognize new hard disks
if you have to turn off or change address on a port you must have the
diags (or it can be run from floppies)
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:24 pm:   

when you use fdisk, just delete the partition where you have the os installed. do not delete the partition that has the compaq bios. it contains utilities. that is one of the bad things about compaq, not that i'm knockin your computer
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:24 pm:   

hehe its koo
i know compaqs sux
Posted on Saturday, August 10, 2002 - 11:28 am:   

OS Win 98

I have a presario 4118 desktop computer but I am unable to access the bios via the f10 key. I have been to the compaq website and tried all the things that they suggested including removing the keyboard, starting and after the keyboard error refitting the keyboard, then pressing f10 again but nothing seems to work. DOes anybody have any new suggestions please

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