Compaq Portable III fails POST?
jwstephens at msm.umr.edu
Sun Aug 20 19:56:57 CDT 2006
Cameron Kaiser wrote:
>>How do you know the keyboard is "incompletely connected"?
>>I assume that those "few threads" are actually capable of
>No, I mean, the cable is frayed and wires are open, visible and in most places
>partially or totally cut. As in, the cable is barely physically intact.
I just unpacked one that had been stored in a reasonable warehouse
this week, and when I pulled off the keyboard, the insulation sheathing
I think they tried some sort of plastic to make the cable retain the
curl, and it was not
I have not tested the keyboard, the later suggestion of trying another
standard at is a
This is pretty much an AT with a 30 or so entry HD table, instead of
just the AT's
15 entry table in the disk extension.
As such, you need an AT setup disk to set the cmos if it is dead. It should
boot and run either the compaq one, or the standard AT one. If you dont
need > 15 in the drive type, the standard AT will work. A lot of these
had drive type 2, which IIRC is a 20mb.
Another thing that concerns me is that you need to say whether you
see floppy activity, either constant (bad ps) or none at all after
you boot up. You should see a floppy seek if you have a floppy
installed, just like an ordinary AT would do.
>I have it connected to AC, so unless it needs the battery to boot (*mumble*
>fricking Mac Portable*mumble*), it shouldn't be that ...
yes, it needs to have cmos setup program booted from floppy if (since
the battery will be) is dead.
>Please let me know what you find. The form factor is fascinating, so I
>would love to get it running again.
They are nice 286 or 386 machines, consume much less than preserving the
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