How to set CMOS settings on Compaq LTE 286?

February 29, 2016 at 14:01:16
Specs: MS DOS , 286 / 2680kb
Hello,

i have a very old Compaq LTE 286 laptop. The CMOS battery died and the settings were deleted, now it doesnt boot and tells me to insert a diagnostic floppy. I created that floppy using a file from compaq and a DOS 3.3 boot disk. When i run it,it says that it has created "SoftPaq" files on the floppy and that there is documentation on how to finish the installation. However, i cant find that documentation anywhere. it only creates two files :

DIAGS80B._01
QRST.EXE

Ive heard that the first file is a compressed BIOS file. But my problem is: what the hell do i have to do with it? I cant boot from a disk with only these two files on it, and running the QRST.EXE does nothing (the "low line" just keeps blinking forever when i start it, and it doesnt react to any input). What do i need to do to get my CMOS settings back?

Thanks for any help!


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#1
February 29, 2016 at 15:05:19
I stumbled across your post by accident and it is definitely not my scene. While you are waiting however, see if this post gives any clues - the guy fixed it somehow:
http://compgroups.net/comp.sys.lapt...

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#2
February 29, 2016 at 15:16:29
I`ve seen this thread before, but thanks anyway. I use normal 1.44mb floppys, maybe that has something to do with it? The compaq has a 1.44mb drive, so i dont see why i would have to use 720k disks.

Do i need to run the QRST.EXE on another computer? I tried running it in DOS Box on my normal PC but the same thing happened - nothing.


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#3
March 2, 2016 at 22:33:08
I think running qrst.exe creates the diagnostic disk. You probably downloaded an SP file which when run gave you the two files. Then you have to run qrst to actually create the disk. At least I think that's how it goes. It's been awhile.

Do you have a link to the actual download? Are you sure the download was for your specific computer? Compaq had so many diagnostic disks.

Edit Some additional info here:

ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp0501-1000/sp0891.txt

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