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How to get to BIOS on Compaq Presario 5690. Disk not recognized.

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The disk is not recognized at all so I wanted to check the bios settings first. I tried ESC, F2, etc with no luck.
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by:eccs19
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I have a Compaq here and it's telling me to use F10.
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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Hello smetterd =)

Check here,

Compaq Presario Desktop PCs - BIOS Setup Information and Menu Options
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?product=93561&cc=us&lc=en&dest_page=setupCategory&tool=setupCategory&dlc=en&docname=c00007683
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press F10 when you see red Compaq logo
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by:smetterd
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Got into bios, and set it to its default settings but the disk drive still can't be recognized. I booted to a floppy and when I ran FDISK I get "Error reading fixed disk"
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by:smetterd
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I might add that this was working nicely the other day... and nothing changed or happened to the machine.
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by:Callandor
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I recommend that you reset your CMOS - move the CCMOS jumper (or something similarly named) from the Normal to Clear position, and back.  If you don't have a jumper, take the CMOS battery out for half an hour and put it back in.  It is essential that the drive be detected in the BIOS correctly, or Windows can't do anything with it.
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eccs19 earned 500 total points
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My thinking is that your drive MAY be dead.  If you can find out the make of the drive, you should be able to go to their website and download a diagnostic utility. (Callandor has a nice list, he may be nice and post it for you)
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by:smetterd
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I reset the CMOS and it got me to one extra screen. Previously after typing FDISK I got the error. Now I can type FDISK and I get to the screen that says "blah blah... Do you wish to enable large disk support?" It's after that screen now that the error appears.
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by:smetterd
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If anyone has a diagnostic program which won't require me to rip the drive out then please let me know.
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by:crazijoe
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Need to know what the manufature of the drive is. The Bios should give you this info or open up the case and see what brand it is.
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by:smetterd
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The BIOS shows almost nothing. I will rip it apart I guess...
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by:eccs19
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yes, that's the one I was refering to.  I should "borrow" it from you, but I know you enjoy posting it.  <g>
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by:Callandor
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Feel free to use it anytime, since I "borrowed" it from others ;-)  

(I assimilate knowledge as I move on, kind of like the Borg)
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by:foxdesignz
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What operating System do you have?
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by:Mr_C_Obvious
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did you try to fix the MBR?

it sounds like it might be an MBR problem
a boot sector virus could cause that %#)
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by:eccs19
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"(I assimilate knowledge as I move on, kind of like the Borg)" - The Borg are the greatest. (that's just my opinion)
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by:Gaud-wo
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Greatest, still weak as they depend on their connection to central 'mainframe' to function completely. They still haven't discovered the concept of 'back up' ;)

Have you tried callandor's disk check utils? Just run the exe, put a formatted floppy in drive, then boot the PC with only floppy and the defective harddisk. You may want to attach the HD to another PC if you want to salvage some files - disk check may destroy data on disk.
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by:smetterd
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This seems to be a Quantum HD. Anyone know of a util for it? In the meantime I will try to fixmbr. THanks to all!
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by:crazijoe
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You will have to use the Maxtor utility. Callandor has a link above to the Maxtor website for the download.
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by:smetterd
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Dead! THanks for everyone's help.
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Glad to assist, and thanks for the points.
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