Compaq Presario 7470

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fredman

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I am not near this machine, it's 60 miles away, so I can't look myself, but can anyone tell me if this is one of those pieces of junk that has the BIOS on the Hard Drive, or is it on the Mobo (like normal) ?

The person wants me to rebuild it, and I have never rebuilt a PC that has the BIOS on the HD.

What do I need to watch out for ?

What I usually do is FDISK the HD and then Format it, and go from there.........

Compaq Presario 7470
 

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I believe its a normal setup. However, even if its not the compaq partition is hidden. It is either completely invisible to FDISK or its listed under Non-DOS partitions in FDISK. As long as you don't touch that you'll be just fine.
 

fredman

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anybody else have anything to add ? Anything I need to be careful with ?
Does anyone know: this box has Windows 98 on it, if I put Windows 2000 on it, will 2000 detect all the sound and video card stuff ? Or is that proprietary to Compaq/will I have to go download a bunch of junk off of their website ?
 
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