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#1 Uraiser

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 10:42 PM

Im stumped, and usually pretty good at these.

First, I came to the hardware board because I figured this is where BIOS would be dealt with.

Im working on my secondary computer, Compaq presario 5000, BIOS 686Y2.

The computer POSTs fine, its after that where things start to get sluggish.

Usually, when you turn the computer on, you See "Compaq" in red letters, press f10 for setup, f12 for networking, so on and so forth. For some reason now when I turn it on, The compaq screen flashes instantly, goes to a blank screen with 768MB (the amount of ram i have in this comp) and proceeds to slowly boot up. From there, things get worse, a driver loading bar comes up (always has) and used to go fairly quickly, now it takes about 5 mintues total to load.

Something interesting I have found though, whenever I tap any key repetitively, the load process is faster. (found this out by trying to load bios setup and pressing a key over and over while not paying attention)



Solutions I've tried:

Flashing my BIOS with more current releases (Yes I used my family set) These are the 2 I've tried First set

Second set.
neither work because a FLSH.CPU could not load. So Im stuck with the original I got, and I think flashing would fix it.

Second thing I tried was reseting the BIOS by CMOS, only thing that happend was my clock failed to synch up =(


Maybe I overlooked something in those 2 different BIOS sets? Don't be afraid to use tech terms with me, I've worked with computers for almost 4 years now, Almost have my certs, but its things like these that keep them from me. Any help would be great.

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 11:04 PM

Actually, the Presario 5000 is a complete series of computers, on the back or somewhere on the computer is a manfacturers tag.

This tag lists : Presario 5000 series
XX123AA ABA
{SER NO}
5XXX

I may not be exact, this just a general format.

without those exact numbers, you cannot be sure if you are using the correct rompaq for your computer.

The bios listed is for The XW4000 workstation. The second is for an Evo D500. You must use the exact bios for your specific computer, not just the bios family.

Once you have the exact model I can find a link to the the page that contains the correct BIOS firmware (ROMPAQ).

Edited by oldf@rt, 21 February 2007 - 11:04 PM.

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 01:30 AM

Didn't know that. I've never had to work with flashing bios before, I'll check in the morning, thanks.

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 03:49 PM

Ok, sorry for the delay, had some things I had to do this morning. The SN I've got is 5322RSH.

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 05:19 PM

I've found (what I think to be) the correct BIOS pack corresponding with my serial number, located here

But I still get the same error..


IT's error code -3, says device is not reprogrammable.

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 12:33 AM

this is the correct BIOS did you follow the directions exactly when you were creating the disk?

try re downloading the file again, and re try.

look at the motherboard and try to find the reset jumper, this is usually next to the cmos battery, change the position of the jumper from 12 to 23.

make sure you do this with the computer turned off.

turn the computer on for ten seconds. shut the computer down then try to flash the bios again with the new disk.

let us know the results please.
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Posted 23 February 2007 - 01:30 AM

I did follow the exact instructions, I will reset the jumper tomorrow morning. Thanks for your help.

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 10:26 AM

Forgot to add when you turn off the computer again, put the jumper back in the 12 position
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Posted 23 February 2007 - 10:27 AM

Forgot to add when you turn off the computer again, put the jumper back in the 12 position
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Posted 23 February 2007 - 12:08 PM

Just to make sure I have this right,


I turn the computer off, Reset the jumper from 12 to 23, turn it on, then turn it back off after the boot, and put it back at 12?

Sorry for my ignorance on the BIOS, It's dangerous messing with them, and that's the one part of the computer Im not good at.

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Posted 24 February 2007 - 01:25 AM

Sorry about the double post earlier.

1 Turn off the computer
2 move jumper to reset position
3 turn on will come up to error screen
4 turn off
5 move jumper back
6 turn on
7 F10 to enter bios
8 reset to defaults
9 put floppy in
10 CTRL ALT DEL to restart
should start floppy follow instructions exactly fo flash the bios.

let us know.

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Posted 24 February 2007 - 09:06 PM

Ok, Im sorry for my ignorance, but this is really starting to bother me.


Here is a picture of my motherboard, near the CMOS area (the red circle is the set of pins where I found the jumper below)

http://www.nosmirc.net/slums/Slums_files/MOBO2.JPG

Sorry for the quality.

Anyway, I've searched hi and low, and I've found this thing here

http://www.nosmirc.net/slums/Slums_files/hand.JPG

This jumper came off of a set of pins named "pswrd", indicating that this would be the password resetter, correct?

I took it off, booted up, nothing out of the ordinary happened, I replaced it, same thing.

Thats the only jumper I've found thus far.

Edited by Uraiser, 24 February 2007 - 09:06 PM.


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Posted 24 February 2007 - 09:50 PM

Weird, I've solved the problem.


Turns out it was my USB keyboard, let me explain.


I noticed during the initial boot that my USB keyboard didnt work, so if I needed to load the BIOS menu, boot safe mode, etc, I couldn't.

I pulled out an old ps/2 keyboard, unplugged the usb board, and voila, no more slow booting, tried it multiple times to ensure, and it works fine.. Seems the USB driver in the BIOS is messed up, or theres a problem with my keyboard.

Edited by Uraiser, 24 February 2007 - 09:55 PM.


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Posted 25 February 2007 - 11:40 AM

The usb keyboard is probably NOT messed up your bios in all versions shows NO legacy usb support.,


Did you try to flash the Bios with the PS2 keyboard being used?
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Posted 25 February 2007 - 04:23 PM

I have not, but I've had this computer for 6 years now, and the USB drivers loaded fine, that was the keyboard that came with the package. I've been able to load the BIOS menu from it numerous times.




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