Reformatting Compaq 5100CA

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I purchased a used computer and promised to reformat it, as it has sensitive personal information on it, I have the original Compaq Recovery CD, but when boot to it to do a restore it says Contact Compag Technical Support. The machine is currently running XP PRO, but they had no disks to give me for that program, so I had just planned on reinstalling the original Windows Millemium Edition that came with the machine when they first purchased it. So now that means I cannot reformat correct? I do have and Win 98 o/s that I purchased years ago, but where the machine is a Compaq, will it allow me to fdisk and install that version instead of a Compaq version? Or did i just get myself a fancy music player???

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 
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Don t fdisk it. You cannot do that with a compaq. Try cleaning the cd or blowing some air in the player and see if that works.
 
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Hi Scotia!

The problem is when u load a windows OS other than the one that came with the computer , the original recovery cds that came with the computer will become useless. You can call the compaq technical support, they will guide u to fdisk and reinstall windows ME using the recovery cd. Dont try to install any other version of OS either in HP or compaq. I am telling because of my experience while i was with compaq technical support
 

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Thank you both for the replies, I sort of figured that, that would be my luck LOL. I will try to contact compaq then. Have a great day
 
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You can download your ROMpaq at the site linked below by model number. An example to search it would be (your model number) +ROMpaq.

http://search.hp.com/index.html?cha...h=&hpl=1&hpo=&h_audience=&h_audiencerestrict=


http://h18000.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/download/7540.html

This may prove a useful note, its from a previous thread that may apply to your situation. I guess the best way to tell is to keep tapping F10 at power on and see if you get a bios screen. If not then this would be the direction to go.



1. Boot from Disk 1 of 2 and define the HD parameters if installing a new HDD. For an existing drive this should not be necessary.

2. Have NO PARTITONS defined on your hard drive. Delete any and ALL partitions you may have created in previous attempts to load diagnostics.

NOTE! If you try to load the diagnostics with a DOS partition defined it will say there is not enough room to load diagnostics because it needs the FIRST 4MB of the drive to load them. (Available space on the drive is unusable) If you loaded an OS and your applications and want to preserve them, you CANNOT load the Compaq diags to the hard drive.

3. Boot from Disk 1 of 2 and it will detect no diagnostic partition on the hard drive and prompt you to create one on the drive.

4. Follow the prompts to create the partition and insert the diskettes when requested. This is a 3 pass operation, to create the non-DOS partition, recognize the partition and transfer the diskette images. Now you will have F10 functionality at boot.
 
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