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    Screen Flicker on Compaq Contura 3/25

    I've recently purchased a Compaq Contura 3/25 laptop. Once I had replaced the CMOS battery, entered the BIOS and saved the HDD geometry settings etc. it booted up and loaded DOS perfectly. Only...
  2. Thanks for the links - those are the ones I found...

    Thanks for the links - those are the ones I found earlier and they're not working for me. I'm at work at the moment so it must be the stupid web filter blocking them, normally you get a website...
  3. Looking For Compaq Contura 3/25 Service Manual

    I've just picked up a Compaq Contura 3/25 laptop and I hoping to find the Service Manual for it so can anyone send me a (working) link to one as I can only seem to find dead links at the moment.
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    Buried treasure?!

    Buried treasure?!
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    I'm guessing that as this is a vintage/retro...

    I'm guessing that as this is a vintage/retro computing site people are accessing the site on their vintage/retro computer and maybe updating the site to full https might stop them from working on the...
  6. I might not need one, but I'd like one in my...

    I might not need one, but I'd like one in my collection! ;) I dont want to waste money on a Sony FA-P1 PCMCIA drive that I am currently watching on eBay if it wont work with this laptop.
  7. It powers on, POSTs and then as there is...

    It powers on, POSTs and then as there is currently no hard disk drive it does not load an OS so all I need is a PCMCIA floppy disk drive as I have a spare hard disk drive I got the other day but it...
  8. Will Any PCMCIA Floppy Work With Compaq Contura Aero 4/25

    I have a Compaq Contura Aero 4/25 laptop and they don't come with a floppy disk drive. I'd like to install DOS on this laptop so I need to buy a PCMCIA floppy disk drive for it.

    Do I have to get...
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    Welcome to the forum! I've not been a member...

    Welcome to the forum! I've not been a member long but have found it to be very interesting and very helpful :)
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    This maybe their business model for modern...

    This maybe their business model for modern computers but retro and certainly vintage are a completely different kettle of fish. I can understand them not wanting to do it themselves, but perhaps a...
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    It's a very grey area. Downloading MS-DOS (from...

    It's a very grey area. Downloading MS-DOS (from one of the websites that we all know about) is piracy as the software is copyrighted. If you are downloading it to use on vintage/retro computers of...
  12. List of Peoples Personal Vintage/Retro Computing Blogs

    I couldn't see a list of peoples own personal blogs about their Vintage/Retro computing hobby so thought I'd start a thread as I'm interested to see what other people blog about as I've recently...
  13. Thanks for the tip! I've just purchased a couple...

    Thanks for the tip! I've just purchased a couple of old DOS games that should be arriving in the post any day now so I shall follow that advice! This kind of thing is why I joined the forum, I'm...
  14. Blimey! I remember using Norton Utilities...

    Blimey! I remember using Norton Utilities DiskEdit to repair faults on hard disk drives when I was at School - I can't believe the amount of things I've forgotten and are having to re-remember.
  15. Thanks for the replies I'll use one of my DOS...

    Thanks for the replies I'll use one of my DOS laptops then - how do I read every sector on the disk, is there a DOS command I've forgotten about or a Utility I need to get hold of?
  16. Whats The Best Windows 10 Software For Scanning Floppy Disks For Errors

    I've purchased a job-lot of 100 1.44MB floppy disks and when writing disk images to them some have failed, others have been fine.

    I have a USB Floppy Disk Drive I'm connecting to my Windows 10...
  17. The results are in and HDTune says the ones I...

    The results are in and HDTune says the ones I have tested support S.M.A.R.T. but give no details like I get from an actual HDD so I guess it's like people are saying, it's part of the standard...
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    Hello and welcome to the forum! I was more a...

    Hello and welcome to the forum! I was more a Spectrum person myself when growing up, however I did wear out a Commodore 16 plus4 by playing so many games on it the keys used by all the games wore...
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    Hi! Welcome to the forum, I'm new here myself...

    Hi! Welcome to the forum, I'm new here myself and I've found it to be a very friendly and helpful place :)
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    Hello and a very warm welcome to the forum. ...

    Hello and a very warm welcome to the forum.

    I've not been here long as I've only just started to collect/repair vintage/retro Compaq Laptops - so personally it's very nice to see you here! :)
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  21. Thanks, I'll give them a try :)

    Thanks, I'll give them a try :)
  22. Sounds a bit hit-n-miss then! Can anyone...

    Sounds a bit hit-n-miss then! Can anyone recommend a SMART utility to try then? I have a USB memory card reader for my Windows 10 laptop so need a utility that will run on that.
  23. Here you go: 50511 I believe flash memory...

    Here you go:

    50511

    I believe flash memory has a finite amount of read/writes before it ceases to function so was looking for a way to indicate how much life is left in one. The above...
  24. Compact Flash - Utility/Software To Show Useage

    I've recently purchased a few second-hand Compact Flash cards (256MB and 512MB) for use in an IDE adaptor with my retro/vintage laptops.

    With a HDD you can install a utility that shows you how...
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    The diagram is of Hard Disks thought and not...

    The diagram is of Hard Disks thought and not Solid State - if it just said Disks then I'd agree with you.

    Lots of names I recognise/remember and quite a few I've never heard of! :)
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