I am posting this material not because I have found all the facts for the solution but for your informations, as I am still trying to understand what this all means,
I am still interested in your possible answers for what a BIOS screen should look like for my model computer.
Compaq Presario 4403US ( Systems Model )
OS: Microsoft Windows XP
Service Pack 1
128 MB of RAM
Any assistance that you may offer concerning the following advisory and instructions would also be appreciated.
Do you or have you used Computer Doctor ?
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Presario Desktop Models System ROM Update (686P9 Family ROM)
Compaq Presario 4403US Desktop PC
Step 1: Do you need to update?
Release Date: 2002-06-25 Version: 1.11 (06/13/02) A
ROMPaqs are not OS specific, but your factory warranty covers technical support for the originally installed OS only. Please refer to the text to insure that your model is listed. Installing this on a system that it is not designed for may render your computer useless.
Adds microcode update for new Celeron B1 processor stepping.
Step 2: Does your system meet the following?
Operating system(s): Microsoft Windows XP
Download file size: 1.77M
Step 3: Obtain software:
WARNING: DO NOT TURN OFF POWER OR ATTEMPT TO REBOOT THE COMPUTER
DURING THE UPGRADE PROCESS!!! Obtain a formatted 1.44-MB diskette
and place it in your A: drive. Download the SoftPaq to a directory
on your hard drive and change to that directory. The file that is
downloaded is an executable with a filename based on the SoftPaq
Number above. From that drive and directory, execute the downloaded
file and follow the on-screen instructions to build the ROMPaq
diskette. After the diskette has been created, you may delete the
SoftPaq file downloaded in step 2. NOTE: ROMPaq disk can be
recreated by running QRSTBATCH.BAT Place the newly created diskette
in the A: drive of the computer to be upgraded or restored and cycle
system power to boot from the ROMPaq diskette. Follow the on-screen
instructions to select the v1.11 Compaq System ROM and flash the
Download file(s) to install later:
» sp21143.exe 1/1 (908.24k)
Before you begin
Making a PC-Doctor Offline DOS Diagnostics diskette or disc
Using PC-Doctor Offline DOS Diagnostics
PC-Doctor Offline DOS Diagnostics failure codes
HP and Compaq Desktop PCs - Using PC-Doctor Offline DOS Diagnostics to
Verify Hardware Problems
This document applies to HP and Compaq desktop PCs with Windows XP
andPC-Doctor diagnostic software.
PC-Doctor is a software tool that assists in diagnosing the PC for
possible hardware problems. This tool does not resolve hardware
problems directly, but it does help you discover what is wrong
with the PC by troubleshooting and isolating hardware issues.
This document provides information on how to download and create
a floppy diskette or optical disc (CD) that you use to run PC-Doctor
offline, that is, without starting Windows. For your reference,
this document also includes how to use the offline diagnostics
diskette or disc, and a list of the failure codes.