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    I missed the boat. In the future, what particular card is Compaq portable compatible?

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    There is a list of part numbers here: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%...137014&o=OneUp

    Technically, it says they require ROM G or later for EGA support. I’ve only got ROM C in my portable and I think I’ve got F in my deskpro, but I need to confirm that. It could explain why I get a beep error of long-short-short when I’ve got the EGA card installed (and the motherboard switches set correctly). It still “works” but I’m guessing something is missing with regards to BIOS support.

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    Got my card in. I decided you guys were right, the portable II with a 286 and 3 megs of ram installed would be a better choice. I put it in and NADA! Then I checked back to this posting and sure enough HOJOPO posted the dip settings so I have video to the CRT now. And I cant for the life of me remember where I put my stupid SETUP Disks. Well I think it at least works because I can see the text asking me to run setup.

    Once I get past that hurdle I think I am going to install and Inport card and mouse (Radracer203 sold me a bagged set and I didnt know what to use it on until now). Guess Windows 3 will do. Then a backpack parallel 3.5" floppy drive and I have something useful.

    By the way my card came wrapped in bubble wrap with no ESD baggie either.. Like nails on a chalkboard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VERAULT View Post
    By the way my card came wrapped in bubble wrap with no ESD baggie either.. Like nails on a chalkboard!
    We called those "static bags" as opposed to "anti-static bags" at a company where I worked doing 3rd party maintenance on old enterprise stuff. We'd always switch them into a good bag before putting it on the shelf in the warehouse or taking it to the customer.

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