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    Default Compaq Portable III

    The Compaq Portable III was the third model in Compaq's line of portable computers. The screen pivots for a comfortable viewing angle. The keyboard does attach to the screen when it is being transported. The only expansions available for it is an internal 1200 baud modem and an external expansion chasis (model 2662A) that holds two full length cards. Like other older Compaq computers, the internal BIOS settings can only be changed or configured via the use of a diagnostic disk.

    Here's the specs,

    1. Model: 2660
    2. Year introduced: 1987
    3. CPU: Intel 80286
    4. RAM: 640k base memory. Expandable up to 2048kb.
    5. Storage: 20mb or 40mb Conner hard drive. 1.2mb 5.25 floppy drive.
    6. Ports: RGB, Parallel, Serial.
    7. Display: 10" red gas plasma screen.
    8. OS: Compaq DOS 3.31.
    9. Original Price: $4,999.00 with 20mb hard drive.
    $5,799.00 with 40mb hard drive.

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    Default "No internal BIOS"???

    "No internal BIOS"??? Really???

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    Really! There's no BIOS or setup screen. You have to use the diagnostic disk to enter in the settings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DOS lives on!! View Post
    Really! There's no BIOS or setup screen. You have to use the diagnostic disk to enter in the settings.
    What you mean is that you need a setup program on disk to set the BIOS options. Every PC & compatible has a BIOS AFAIK; without a BIOS, how would the computer be able to read the setup disk in the first place?

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    There ya go fixed.

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    Yeah, that's what I meant to say. I was trying to say, "There's no way to configure the internal BIOS without the use of a seperate configuration program, such as it's own Diagnostic Disk." Or, there is the option of using GSETUP.
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    The Compaq Portable III was the third model in Compaq's line of portable computers. The screen pivots for a comfortable viewing angle. The keyboard does attach to the screen when it is being transported.

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    Does anyone have this disk or the other disks for this machine? I have one for sale and would like to provide copies. Thanks

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    Found a site that has the diagnostic diskette listed: https://forum.winworldpc.com/discuss...stics-diskette

    Note: these might be images of the diskette, hard to tell.

    360KB 5.25" Floppy: ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp0000-0500/sp0316.zip

    720KB 3.5" Floppy: ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp0000-0500/sp0308.zip

    GSETUP would also suffice: http://www.minuszerodegrees.net/5170...170_gsetup.htm
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    Thank you so much. You are the best!

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