Re: [midatlanticretro] semi-OT: Compaq SLT
Ah ha! The message "RTC lost power" means that the CMOS battery is dead and
needs to be replaced. Start removing the easy stuff, like the main battery,
and look for removable hatches anywhere that might hide the battery. If you
are lucky, it will be fairly easy to access and replace. However, in my last
Winbook the battery was so well hidden that it was "not user replaceable" and
I had to send the unit in for service just to have it replaced.
Once the CMOS has power you will be able to set the hard drive options and
get the machine up and running. Go to the HP/Compaq web site, search for your
model and download everthing you can find. You might find instructions on how
to open the system up for service (like replacing the hard drive). Also
search for your model on Google/Yahoo. There are many web sites with info on
how to modify laptops.
If you decide to try to open the laptop they often hide screws under the
rubber feet on the bottom of the case and under the plastic sheet with the
model number, power info, etc. Feel with your finger for a soft spot under
that area to find the screws. Remove all the screws you can find and slowly
pry open the case using a dull knife to split the case at the joints. Work
slowly as there are often plastic tabs that interlock to hold the case
together and you don't want to break those tabs. If the case does not start
to split fairly easily, there are probably more screws. Just remember that if
the service guys can open the case, you can, too. The only advantage they
have is experience and the right tools. <g> Work slowly and don't force
One more hint: sometimes the screen must be removed before you can split the
case to open the unit.
--- Joe Giliberti <starbase89@...> wrote:
> Jim Scheef wrote:
> >The Compaq web site has a very good archive of stuff for old systems.
> >for your model number and you should might some useful information.
> Compaq barely has any info for this PC on the page. Nothing at all,
> except that it is in existance. When I try to run fdisk, from both DOS
> 3.2 and DOS 6.22 on floppy, it gives me this:
> Error reading fixed disk.
> During startup, after the memory check, I get the following error messages:
> 1782 - Disk Controller Failure
> 167 - RTC Lost Power
> 162 - System Options Not Set - (Run Setup)
> Insert DIAGNOSTIC diskette in Drive A:
> (RESUME = "F1" KEY)
> I don't know what to do. I need a reference disk, or whatever the Compaq
> equivalent is to run the system diagnostics. I tried to open it up to
> have a look at the hard drive, but I couldn't figure out how.