Armada 7380DMT with external cd-rom boot problem

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Hello,

This is my first compaq laptop I try to repair.
The problem is, I can not go into the bios to look for de external cd-rom.
When I use a diskette, I never come to the cd-rom drive. The cd rom drive is
conected by a pcmcia-card.
But when I have the bootcd in it, it will not go to the cd-drive.
I even cannot go to the bios to make it happen.
Can anybody tell me how to get in the bios??

I already tried pushing several knobs at boot, even with the ctrl pushed in,
but nothing helps.
Anybody an answer for me???


TIA

Jan
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

    "J. Elzinga" <j.elzinga11NOSPAM@chello.nl> wrote in message
    news:QiW8d.6113$Ye1.4690@amsnews05.chello.com...
    > Hello,
    >
    > This is my first compaq laptop I try to repair.
    > The problem is, I can not go into the bios to look for de external
    > cd-rom.
    > When I use a diskette, I never come to the cd-rom drive. The cd
    > rom drive is conected by a pcmcia-card.
    > But when I have the bootcd in it, it will not go to the cd-drive.
    > I even cannot go to the bios to make it happen.
    > Can anybody tell me how to get in the bios??
    >
    > I already tried pushing several knobs at boot, even with the ctrl
    > pushed in, but nothing helps.
    > Anybody an answer for me???
    >
    >
    > TIA
    >
    > Jan
    >

    If you still have the original Compaq supplied hard drive installed,
    there is a diagnostic partition which has the BIOS setup
    information. This is accessed by hitting the <F10> key while the
    cursor is flashing in the upper part of the screen. You have to
    practice the timing of the key press. If the original drive has
    been replaced, you have to download a floppy disk based BIOS Setup
    routine from Hewlett-Packard.

    No computer has native support for PC cards at the BIOS level. The
    PC card services are loaded with the operating system, usually
    Windows and not MS-DOS. There are Linux and MS-DOS drivers
    available but the boot sequence is well advanced by the time they
    are loaded. There is usually an audible tone when PC cards are
    activated. The bootup options are the hard drive or a drive in the
    multibay, half-height bay or a bay in a docking station. You would
    have to replace the floppy drive with a CD-ROM drive to boot from
    it.


    --
    Earl F. Parrish
  2. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq (More info?)

    "Earl F. Parrish" <efparri@nowhere.world> schreef in bericht
    news:V619d.14083$Xk1.6434@trnddc02...
    >
    > "J. Elzinga" <j.elzinga11NOSPAM@chello.nl> wrote in message
    > news:QiW8d.6113$Ye1.4690@amsnews05.chello.com...
    >> Hello,
    >>
    >> This is my first compaq laptop I try to repair.
    >> The problem is, I can not go into the bios to look for de external
    >> cd-rom.
    >> When I use a diskette, I never come to the cd-rom drive. The cd rom drive
    >> is conected by a pcmcia-card.
    >> But when I have the bootcd in it, it will not go to the cd-drive.
    >> I even cannot go to the bios to make it happen.
    >> Can anybody tell me how to get in the bios??
    >>
    >> I already tried pushing several knobs at boot, even with the ctrl pushed
    >> in, but nothing helps.
    >> Anybody an answer for me???
    >>
    >>
    >> TIA
    >>
    >> Jan
    >>
    >
    > If you still have the original Compaq supplied hard drive installed, there
    > is a diagnostic partition which has the BIOS setup information. This is
    > accessed by hitting the <F10> key while the cursor is flashing in the
    > upper part of the screen. You have to practice the timing of the key
    > press. If the original drive has been replaced, you have to download a
    > floppy disk based BIOS Setup routine from Hewlett-Packard.
    >
    > No computer has native support for PC cards at the BIOS level. The PC
    > card services are loaded with the operating system, usually Windows and
    > not MS-DOS. There are Linux and MS-DOS drivers available but the boot
    > sequence is well advanced by the time they are loaded. There is usually
    > an audible tone when PC cards are activated. The bootup options are the
    > hard drive or a drive in the multibay, half-height bay or a bay in a
    > docking station. You would have to replace the floppy drive with a CD-ROM
    > drive to boot from it.
    >
    >
    > --
    > Earl F. Parrish
    >


    Thanx It worked, smile

    Jan
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