no boot disk for this machine just getting a blinking curser

February 7, 2012 at 08:00:48
Specs: Windows 31.08.2009
I have a Compac model 101709 1985 is there a boot up 5.25 fl

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#1
February 7, 2012 at 08:45:25
Is this the Model ? If so you will need a 320K 5-1/4" Floppy !

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#2
February 7, 2012 at 09:36:16
Yes this is the model but where would I get a boot disk for it?

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#3
February 7, 2012 at 10:36:43
Do you have another PC or Laptop to create a 320K 5.25 floppy ?

I was fortunate in my MS-DOS days to have a PC with both 5.25 and 3.5 floppy drives, so was able to SYS a 5.25 360k floppy and build a custom MS-DOS 6.22 for my Compaq Portable, but that was a decade ago

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#4
February 7, 2012 at 13:08:51
I only have a pc with windows vista, no floppy drive. Can you get floppy's anymore?

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#5
February 7, 2012 at 14:03:02
On the internet most Boot Floppies come in an image format, they need to imaged to a floppy disk of the correct format & size.

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#6
February 7, 2012 at 18:54:40
"Can you get floppy's anymore?"

Yes, but likely only through e-bay or some online "vintage" retailer. Sadly most of those would be "iffy" at best, so make sure you get some kind of warranty with them. Also, you're likely going to need a lot of 360K floppy disks, since the machine normally had two of them and no hard drive. If the drives themselves are the original ones that came with the machine, it's quite possible that they also may have long expired (older 360K drives tended to fail after years of non-use). There's also the "360K-format-on-a-1.2MB-drive" problem:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/79538

Meaning that you'd quite possibly need make bootable disks on a machine which already had a 360K drive.

Also, this thread may be of some use (note the section about power supply issues):

http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcf...

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#7
February 8, 2012 at 10:01:47
Hi Gary,

you might advise your location, as someone nearby may be able to help.

I think the 5.25" floppy capacity being stated as 320kb is incorrect and possibly should be 360kb.

This is a DD (double density) floppy, as opposed to HD (high density).
Also there was a QD (quad density).

These can be found on ebay/computing/vintage.

If your Compac does not have a hard disc, would suggest using dos with a version no higher then 3.n.

Regards - Mike, based in Hammersmith, West London.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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