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About itsvince725

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  1. Vince's Conquests

    I honestly kind of want to upgrade to 98 but I don't want to lose all the cheesy Compaq OEM software (like that MIDI player) in the process.
  2. Vince's Conquests

    A dead CMOS battery was just messing with the whole thing, causing the machine to not even recognize its hard drive...one pair of pliers and a jumper adjustment later and now it's fine. I suppose next I'll have to figure out what I can safely delete off the hard drive to free up space, I want to put games on here...
  3. Vince's Conquests

    Well, I fixed the Presario! Here's Windows 95 in all its bloated (look at that free space!) glory! And of course you can't mess around with a Windows 95 computer without listening to Canyon.mid.
  4. Vince's Conquests

    Yeah, that's where I found that setup diskette, though instead of a diskette image it was a .exe that creates a disk. I'd imagine the BIOS update that's also available does the same thing. I'd try updating the BIOS but I don't think it would fix the problem...
  5. Vince's Conquests

    95 or 98, those are the only two I run on Pentium Is of this era (an early Pentium 1 like a Socket 5 75MHz might get either DOS or 95). I'm really curious what the built-in sound hardware is like because this would be a pretty okay mid-90s gaming machine as long as you don't play any intensive 3D stuff (it's a S3 Trio64 graphics chipset, as seemingly everything was circa 1996).
  6. Vince's Conquests

    Well, when I booted it in the AT box it had a standard Compaq OEM install of Windows 95 on it. Yet if I boot off a Windows 98 boot disk and run fdisk there's no fixed disk present. The disk is recognized properly in the setup program (type 65, 1628MB, etc) but the settings don't get saved even if the machine's receiving power and so it's basically useless to run the setup. I also noticed the setup program shows the CPU running at 137MHz, which is...impossible, so it must actually be 133MHz.
  7. Vince's Conquests

    Well this makes absolutely no sense, I took the Maxtor drive out, re-jumpered it as Master, and it worked in my AT box. However, despite me running a setup disk I made, I just can't boot off the hard drive. It just won't work.
  8. Vince's Conquests

    Yeah, that's why I had a 2.1GB Seagate and a 3.2GB Western Digital stashed to begin with... I suppose it won't hurt to test the drive, I can do that while I'm putting a new 5.25 floppy in my AT box.
  9. Anyone able to identify this SE/30 Network Card?

    Might be National Semiconductor, it has a National Semiconductor chip in the top picture.
  10. Vince's Conquests

    I mean, I kinda just assumed it was dead because A: Maxtor and B: the machine can't boot from it (you just get a non-system disk error), but I can throw it in something else and test it out.
  11. Vince's Conquests

    Asking around on the VCF forums reveals the original (dead) hard drive had a special partition for storing BIOS settings and the like, so now I just need to find the proper diskette to create that image on the replacement hard drive.
  12. Vince's Conquests

    Yeah, and I was stunned when it actually worked too!
  13. Vince's Conquests

    Problem with that is the battery is soldered, as the picture further up shows...and I haven't gotten around to buying a soldering iron. Hard drive and CD are on separate IDE buses and the hard drive is Master so that shouldn't be an issue.
  14. Vince's Conquests

    Yeah, so far every single stereotypical BIOS key (F1, F8, F10, Esc, Del) just gives a random keyboard error, and then I get the choice of pressing F1 to save a list of random BIOS changes (and pressing F1 traps you in a loop forever) or press F2 to ignore the changes and boot. Not only that, but something is terribly wrong and the machine has rejected every hard drive I put in it, except for the original drive which is probably dead. When I run fdisk via a boot floppy there's no C drive. This is gonna be fun, I can tell...
  15. Another Abomination - LC 580 DOS

    Hey, it's the much slower and slightly older equivalent of this weird all-in-one Compaq I saved from being recycled!