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Compaq Presario 1247 - Need Help

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Node101, Sep 28, 2004.

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  1. Node101

    Node101 Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    I have a Compaq Presario 1247 Notebook (laptop) with Windows 98 Second Edition with a 4.3 Gigabyte hard drive that was logically partitioned into 2 drives (C: and D: ). Earlier this year I used my CD Burner to copy all of the Quick Restore files from the D: Drive to a blank CD-ROM (CD-RW) disk and then removed the partition from the hard drive with a program from the Compaq Website. My CD-Burner is connected to my Notebook via a PCMCIA USB 2.0 Card, it has 2 USB Ports on it, one port is being used by my CD-Burner the other port is not being used.

    Last Friday (09-24-2004) my Notebook caught a virus while I was on the internet and it was corrupted. MS Windows Explorer error message came up when I tried to look at my hard drive. The error message also came up when I rebooted, therefore no desktop icons appeared. So I reformatted the hard drive C: and put the Quick Recovery CD-ROM Disk in the internal CD-ROM drive. However, the Quick Recovery Disk displayed a message that it could not find the Quick Restore files and to contact Compaq Customer Support. I reformatted my hard drive again this time with the /quick format switch and /make system disk switch and then copied all the files and subdirectories from the Quick Recovery CD to my hard drive. Now before I even tried to run FDISK to repartition my hard drive into 2 logical drives I thought I would put the CD (CD-RW) containing all of the Quick Restore files and subdirectories that I burned earlier this year (before I removed the partition). However, the internal CD-ROM drive is unable to read any of my CDs except for my Quick Recovery CD. I took my backup of D: drive CD (Quick Restore files on CD-RW), my Win98SE CD (CD-R), and my Win95 CD (CD-R) to work and I was able to view their contents under Windows and DOS using a computer at work, but I am not able to view them under DOS on my Notebook.

    Is there a driver that will allow me to view other CDs with my internal CD-ROM Drive on my Notebook so that I can copy all of the files and subdirectories from my backup of Drive D: CD (Quick Restore files) via the DOS XCOPY program? Right now my only other option is to copy my Drive D: backup CD to my parents computer via their CD-ROM drive and use the old DOS programs BACKUP.EXE and RESTORE.EXE to transfer the files from my parent's computer to my Notebook via floppy disks.

    By the way, I did contact Compaq, but after I gave them my Notebook's serial number they said they could not send me a Quick Restore CD for Windows 98 Second Edition because the license agreement has expired, nor could they send me any version of a Quick Restore CD (ME, XP, 2000, NT) they had for Compaq Presario Notebooks.

    I am posting this message using my computer at work in case you were wondering.

    Thanks,

    Node101
     
  2. slawless

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    have you tried the ultimate boot CD:

    http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

    It containes many utilities that might help.

    it is bootable so it should load

    Steve L
     
  3. Node101

    Node101 Thread Starter

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    Thanks slawless I will check it out.

    Node101
     
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