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Compaq Presario dead

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  1. jackm126

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    Recently took some hits on my Compaq Presario 7478 system. Got two or three nasties via the 'Net. After McAfee's virus scan and removal, began experiencing weird happenings, such as system closing down and restarting. Then just not starting. Tried a few remedies [probably inadvisedly], and finally the system seemed to hang on my restore at the same place repeatedly.
    Ultimately the system could no longer establish my OS. Restore failed.
    Bottom line: Could not invoke computer restore. Could do nothing with this computer.
    Q... Being compaq is the BIOS set to a certain condition that would prevent my reformatting the hard drive and restablishing an OS? Is this an option I can override? If I were to piggy-back the existing hard drive onto an operating hard-drive and reformat would that solve this problem and permit me to then create or repair the hard drive subsequently to get my compaq back?
    Sorry this is so wordy...
     
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    Have you tried disabling System Restore; then re-enable for a fresh start?

    Failing that, format and install OS per instructions in your manual or the CD which came with your computer. If no CD, the OS should be installed in .cab files in Windows Explorer.

    The BIOS should already be properly set
     
  3. jackm126

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    I appreciate your quick response, however...
    Since I can no longer access my hard drive or the computer in any manner, following your instructions at this time seems moot.
    I'm thinking of putting the hard drive in another computer as a 'slave' and attempting to reformat as a solution.
     
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    Did resurrect the Compaq system. Now, unfortunately, the modem got 'lost'. According to my modem it's on COM1 and no other options are available, such as reassigning to another COM port.
    I once had some software that searched out port settings, called 'What Port'. My dog must have eaten it. Anyone got any suggestions as to where I can get software that would do a Port check?
    Also, because my system designates COM1 [only] for the Modem, is there any way to change that, if in fact [as I originally thought], the modem is really on COM3?
    Thanks
    jackm126
     
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