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Why would installing a 486DX2 make the system freeze for minutes on boot?

There might be a timing loop calibration in the BIOS which is responsible for working with different speed CPUs to have similar delays. Or the BIOS tries to determine the CPU type with the CPUID ...
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Why would a laptop freeze randomly after running fine for a while?

Unfortunately, the reason for random freezes can be hard to identify as a lot of different failure modes can lead to this outcome. Try to get hold of a bootable burn-in test program that works with a ...
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Compaq Portable vs IBM 5155 Portable PC

The main reason for Compaq's longer-term success in the PC market, in comparison to IBM, is what is commonly referred to as the "First-mover advantage". In the beginning of the PC market, IBM ...
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Compaq Portable vs IBM 5155 Portable PC

I personally have never seen the attraction of a 'portable' that weighs more than many desktop machines, but my feelings on the matter are immaterial; the fact is that the market at the time was ...
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How to use USB flash drives with Windows 98 SE?

Windows 98 doesn't come with any drivers built-in for the USB Mass Storage class. Fortunately, there are some generic drivers available, such as from here. I found this site by searching the web for &...
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How to use USB flash drives with Windows 98 SE?

File System Windows 98 typically uses FAT32, whereas later versions of Windows support NTFS. While it should recognize a flash drive at the low-level hardware no matter what file system is installed, ...
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How to use USB flash drives with Windows 98 SE?

One solution is to use a USB-to-Floppy interface adapter. One brand of these is Gotek. You can even mount it in a drive bay, perhaps in place of the original floppy drive. The computer will think it's ...
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"Restoring" a 1986 Compaq Portable II (Cabling question)

As can be seen in this video, the hard drive and floppy drive should have separate cables connecting them to the multi-I/O card. To connect your floppy emulator, you need a 34-wire cable with the ...
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Compaq Portable vs IBM 5155 Portable PC

Which makes it surprising that the IBM portable PC flopped; it looks to me like essentially the same product, only with the IBM nameplate; I would expect this to be an attractive proposition for the ...
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Compaq Portable vs IBM 5155 Portable PC

One definite advantage of the Compaq Portable over the IBM 5155 is that it had a video card and display that could render text at MDA resolution, with 14 pixel rows per character, and still support ...
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How to use USB flash drives with Windows 98 SE?

Back in the days of Windows 9x, the USB drives needed a special driver from their manufacturers (usually on small ~200 MByte format CD). But not many manufacturers provided them, limiting usable USB ...
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No Brightness Controll on a Compaq Contura 3/20 Laptop

According to the Service Manual, first check if you're not using any power saving mode, as they limit brightness. Next check all cables, and if that won't work, replace the display (where the lighting ...
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Installing 98SE without USB/CDROM to IDE drive - Invalid System Disk

I have a Compaq LTE 5150, which is very similar to the kit you have. You won't be able to boot it with a hard disk larger than 8 GB, at least I have never been successful. Even using On-Track, it ...
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Compaq Presario R 3000 - turned on a year ago, no longer does

Is this a reparable problem Generally, virtually all of broken computer problems are repairable, the right question is how much time, money, and other resources it will take to enact the repairs, and ...
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How to use USB flash drives with Windows 98 SE?

This is certainly possible with third-party software. One option that I have seen used on real hardware is the Maximus-Decim Native USB Drivers, i.e. NUSB: 98 SE NUSB: Unofficial Windows 98 SE Native ...

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