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November 3rd, 2011, 07:18 AM
I finally got and replaced the CMOS battery in my Compaq Presario 5403 mini tower desktop. The computer has an ASUS mother board, and is working pretty well. I found an old Compaq restore disk and used it to install Windows 98. So Now I can at least tell a bit more about this computer. The restore wasn't perfect because the disk I used was for a later computer. Most everything is fine, but the audio and network adapters still aren't working. The drivers aren't the same. Below, I have outlined it's hardware; at least what I can determine right now. (Most of it doesn't matter here, but I'm including it any way.) This computer is almost there! I'm still having some issues incorporating the 360Kb floppy drive, but with a little more playing around with the jumpers, should have it fully functional by this weekend. Then, I'll start writing a batch of diskettes for my 5150!

Model - Compaq Presario 5403

64 Megs of RAM
4 Gig hard drive The restore disk used the entire 4 Gigs during setup, so I'll run Partition Magic later to set up a dual boot with Windows 3.1)
5 1/4" floppy drive. 350 Kb DDSD
3.5" floppy drive
4 USB 1.0 ports on an expansion card
Parallel port
Serial port
PS2 ports for the keyboard and mouse.
*Network interface adapter
*Sound Blaster audio
On board video: Not really sure what it is. Windows report it as a generic video adapter,

Everything works, with the exception of the audio and network adapters. This computer will eventually need to connect to the Internet, so I'll need to get a driver for the network adapter. The problem is that neither HP, nor Compaq seem to have any Windows 98 drivers or resources for anything this old. I was able to locate the Sound Blaster audio drivers, but that still leaves the network adapter. The thing is, without the network adapter, I still can't do much with the computer to transfer files, unless I burn a few CDs.

So, does anyone have the network adapter driver they can send me, or possibly a web site to download this driver to my main computer to transfer by floppy or USB device? I can see this computer getting a lot more use than I first thought it would.

Thanks again...

DOS lives on!!
November 3rd, 2011, 01:23 PM
Is the network plug on a seperate NIC or is it an onboard network plug? I think the model is actuaaly the 5304. I found results for it.

November 3rd, 2011, 06:15 PM
Sorry, but alas, it is a Presario 5403. I thought at first that I had reversed the model # too, but verified it a couple of times since then. It looks like this may have been a UK release. That's probably got something to do with finding, or not finding the right resources.

Edit: The network adapter is included on the mother board.

November 3rd, 2011, 07:17 PM
Video is SiS. I'm still tracking down the other components.

Looking online the audio driver for the 5304 may work on the 5403.

November 29th, 2011, 06:27 PM
no other numbers anywhere? year of manufacture? cpu? mb #? i can find drivers but not with generic info.

November 29th, 2011, 08:54 PM

You could run a bootable minimalistic linux distro and it should give you all the detail you need to find suitable drivers by physically having a look at the chips on the mobo.

I suspect its all sorted though as bettablues last post was a month a go.

December 3rd, 2011, 06:39 AM
Is it a SR5403UK model?

December 4th, 2011, 05:42 PM
yeah , have to start checking dates,ha,ha. a little new to posting!

December 6th, 2011, 09:46 AM
Is it a SR5403UK model?

Thanks everyone. I went and looked around some more, but for some reason, I just couldn't fing much of anything on this particular model... It does indeed look like it was originally manufactured for release in Europe and the only documentation I could find was in Greek. So, I removed both of the PCI cards and replaced them with newer ones I had in a parts bin. All is looking good.

Thanks again everyone for taking the time to help out.