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im_an_alien
May 9th, 2007, 04:07 PM
Hi, I recently got a Compaq Portable from my uncle :) No software, or even DOS, so I came here mainly to see if anyone knew where I could get a DOS disk, and also because I was bored :p. This looks like a pretty fun place, though. Anyway, I like programming stuff in general, but I never really properly learned any language... just the basics of java, c++, c, and basic. So... hi...

EvanK
May 9th, 2007, 06:09 PM
I came here mainly to see if anyone knew where I could get a DOS disk

http://www.bootdisk.com/

Erik
May 9th, 2007, 07:36 PM
Welcome aboard.

Good luck with your new toy! :)

im_an_alien
May 10th, 2007, 12:29 PM
http://www.bootdisk.com/Thanks, I'll try that.

edit: My 5.25" drive doesn't like me :P Keeps saying the disk is write protected. You know where I can get a disk that's already got DOS on it?

Terry Yager
May 10th, 2007, 07:02 PM
Perhaps the disk is actually write protected. If not, there may be something wrong with your drive. What type of disks does it need? (What model of Compaq is it?)

--T

chuckcmagee
May 10th, 2007, 08:11 PM
They did 5.25 exactly backwards from the way 3.5 drives are done, as far as write protection. Your 5.25 diskette should have a notch on the right right. If the notch is not there or is covered, then it's write protected. Or..... the write protect sensor on the drive could be messed up. A lot of them work with light so when all dusty, they think disk is write protected. Others have a microswitch that detects the notch. You sometimes see a 5.25 disk with a notch on both sides. This is so you can flip the diskette over and use the other side. That is handy if your diskette drive only writes on one side of the diskette.

im_an_alien
May 11th, 2007, 03:10 AM
Yeah, I checked that before, the notch is uncovered. How could I clean any dust off? I know it used to work right...


(What model of Compaq is it?)
Compaq protable I, not plus.