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    Default Change owner name on Compaq Portable III?

    We have a working Compaq Portable III we'd like to resell, but it displays the previous owner's name and phone number on the main menu.

    I assume the diagnostic disks have the tool to change that, but we don't have a functioning 360kb drive to create the disk.

    Is there a way to change the menu header from within DOS?


    It's running Compaq Personal Computer DOS Version 3.31

    Thank you.

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    FWIW, I don't believe those diagnostic disks have the ability to edit what you have described. That would most likely be a feature of the menu program.
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    Exactly what menu program is it? If it is something that did not come from Compaq, then you might just change it to start to command.com and call it a day.

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    I had thought the menu was proprietary, but upon further investigation it's just 3DMenu.

    There are also a lot of documents on the hard drive, I believe it would be less time-consuming to simply reformat with a copy of Compaq's PC-DOS 3.31, but I don't see any images for their installer on 1.2MB 5.25" disks.

    Does anyone have an image I can use?

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    There's a 1.2MB image over at https://winworldpc.com/product/ms-dos/331 but it's OEM Emerson -- probably not what you want if you're trying to keep the machine stock. The solution in this case is to make the proper 3.5" image, boot it on a system that has 3.5" as drive A: and 5.25" as drive B:, then format the 1.2MB floppy using FORMAT B: /S so that the system gets transferred over, then copy the rest of the DOS files over normally. That will make a disk you can boot and install from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SBK View Post
    There are also a lot of documents on the hard drive, I believe it would be less time-consuming to simply reformat with a copy of Compaq's PC-DOS 3.31...
    Seems like time has already shown that is not the case.

    Just delete the files and move on.
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    You could probably use the 720k 3.5" disk images and use WinImage to resize them to 1.2mb.

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