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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 machine of this vintage that will put predictable and repeatable pressure on the CPU, RAM and I/O and see if there is any pattern in it triggering freezes. Fx ...


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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 actually held a monopoly position. As we know, in a couple of years, Compaq and others would challenge this by creating legal PC BIOS clones and bringing compatible ...


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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 hungry for such machines, and the Compaq sold very well. They were the solution for people without a fixed office, or moving locations. Not the constant moving ones ...


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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 "windows 98 usb mass storage driver" - other sites are available with similar drivers. You'll need the version for Second Edition. This particular ...


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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, it will likely not show it 100% correctly if it is using NTFS instead of FAT32. My advice is to format the flash drive on a newer computer/OS using FAT32 (...


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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 reading a floppy disk when it's actually reading a floppy image file on a USB stick.


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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 appropriate connectors on either end. Connect one end to the emulator, the other to the controller card, and you should be good to go. Some (less old) cables for ...


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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 business computing market in the eighties. Rod Canion (Founding CEO of Compaq) did an interview with Guy Raz a couple years ago, and this is one of the key ...


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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 CGA graphics modes. The 5155 used a stock CGA with 8 pixel rows per character in all modes. This meant that for someone working in text mode with the built-in ...


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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 drives. The USB drives usually work in USB 1.1 ports too without any problems (apart the speed). Some of the newer USB drives still work with Windows 9x (usually ...


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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 tubes are included). Chances are good that the CCFL-tubes are just worn out. So unless you intend to do some real low level work, you need to live with what's ...


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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 would lock up instantly at "Starting MS-DOS" or "Starting Windows 95". Those were 2 GB FAT 16 partitions, on a 16 GB CF using CF-to-IDE, so ...


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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 whether the benefits of the repaired computer worth the cost. If all you need is to pull some data - you're better off simply pulling the drive out of the ...


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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 USB Drivers (NUSB) 3.3 adds native USB + USB 2.0 support for most internal + external USB devices (free): NUSB 3.3 [756 KB, English]. NUSB 3.3 [760 KB, ...


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