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Thread: Compaq Portable III

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    Quote Originally Posted by retro-pc_user View Post
    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
    Yes - those are the correct disks. I used those files recently to make disks for my portable.

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    Requiring a software program to set the BIOS was a long running Compaq thing. In 1998 their desktops had a second boot partition on their hard drive that housed the BIOs program. If a hard drive died, a utility disk had to be used to add the partition and BIOS software.

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