softpaq won't create floppies

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I deleted my BIOS in my Compaq Deskpro 4000n 5233MMX. Oops. I know I
can live without it, but I'd like to restore the BIOS partition if
possible. I've done some searching in groups, and found what I think
is the right download, SP8126.exe

This download won't create series of floppies, however. It says it is
supposed to, but after I download the file, then it
tells me the download is too large for the media. I know this. If the
download is 2.8Mb, it should be 2 or 3 floppies, depending on how it
is packaged, right? What am I missing here? BTW, the system in
question is not online or on a network. :-(

Thanks for any help anyone can offer. You can abuse me, too, if you
like. I know it was a dumb thing to do in the first place. That CMOS
is just about worthless anyway.
 

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You are double clicking on the SoftPaq .EXE file, correct?
HH

"bobG" <tetonbob@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:38cc648a.0403311338.6c6327ed@posting.google.com...
> I deleted my BIOS in my Compaq Deskpro 4000n 5233MMX. Oops. I know I
> can live without it, but I'd like to restore the BIOS partition if
> possible. I've done some searching in groups, and found what I think
> is the right download, SP8126.exe
>
> This download won't create series of floppies, however. It says it is
> supposed to, but after I download the file, then it
> tells me the download is too large for the media. I know this. If the
> download is 2.8Mb, it should be 2 or 3 floppies, depending on how it
> is packaged, right? What am I missing here? BTW, the system in
> question is not online or on a network. :-(
>
> Thanks for any help anyone can offer. You can abuse me, too, if you
> like. I know it was a dumb thing to do in the first place. That CMOS
> is just about worthless anyway.
 

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Almost forgot. You have the correct SoftPaq.
HH

"HH" <hahunt42@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> You are double clicking on the SoftPaq .EXE file, correct?
> HH
>
> "bobG" <tetonbob@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:38cc648a.0403311338.6c6327ed@posting.google.com...
> > I deleted my BIOS in my Compaq Deskpro 4000n 5233MMX. Oops. I know I
> > can live without it, but I'd like to restore the BIOS partition if
> > possible. I've done some searching in groups, and found what I think
> > is the right download, SP8126.exe
> >
> > This download won't create series of floppies, however. It says it is
> > supposed to, but after I download the file, then it
> > tells me the download is too large for the media. I know this. If the
> > download is 2.8Mb, it should be 2 or 3 floppies, depending on how it
> > is packaged, right? What am I missing here? BTW, the system in
> > question is not online or on a network. :-(
> >
> > Thanks for any help anyone can offer. You can abuse me, too, if you
> > like. I know it was a dumb thing to do in the first place. That CMOS
> > is just about worthless anyway.
>
>
 
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So you don't need a bios or CMOS....geez...

"bobG" <tetonbob@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:38cc648a.0403311338.6c6327ed@posting.google.com...
> I deleted my BIOS in my Compaq Deskpro 4000n 5233MMX. Oops. I know I
> can live without it, but I'd like to restore the BIOS partition if
> possible. I've done some searching in groups, and found what I think
> is the right download, SP8126.exe
>
> This download won't create series of floppies, however. It says it is
> supposed to, but after I download the file, then it
> tells me the download is too large for the media. I know this. If the
> download is 2.8Mb, it should be 2 or 3 floppies, depending on how it
> is packaged, right? What am I missing here? BTW, the system in
> question is not online or on a network. :-(
>
> Thanks for any help anyone can offer. You can abuse me, too, if you
> like. I know it was a dumb thing to do in the first place. That CMOS
> is just about worthless anyway.
 
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I ran SP8126.exe and it wrote four folders and a batch file to my hard
drive. The batch file is used to make the floppies, three of them it appears
(I didn't go that far with it). Run the batch from a command prompt and it
should work.

"bobG" <tetonbob@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:38cc648a.0403311338.6c6327ed@posting.google.com...
> I deleted my BIOS in my Compaq Deskpro 4000n 5233MMX. Oops. I know I
> can live without it, but I'd like to restore the BIOS partition if
> possible. I've done some searching in groups, and found what I think
> is the right download, SP8126.exe
>
> This download won't create series of floppies, however. It says it is
> supposed to, but after I download the file, then it
> tells me the download is too large for the media. I know this. If the
> download is 2.8Mb, it should be 2 or 3 floppies, depending on how it
> is packaged, right? What am I missing here? BTW, the system in
> question is not online or on a network. :-(
>
> Thanks for any help anyone can offer. You can abuse me, too, if you
> like. I know it was a dumb thing to do in the first place. That CMOS
> is just about worthless anyway.
 
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"bobG" <tetonbob@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:38cc648a.0403311338.6c6327ed@posting.google.com...
>I deleted my BIOS in my Compaq Deskpro 4000n 5233MMX. Oops. I know
>I
> can live without it, but I'd like to restore the BIOS partition if
> possible. I've done some searching in groups, and found what I
> think
> is the right download, SP8126.exe
>
> This download won't create series of floppies, however. It says it
> is
> supposed to, but after I download the file, then it
> tells me the download is too large for the media. I know this. If
> the
> download is 2.8Mb, it should be 2 or 3 floppies, depending on how
> it
> is packaged, right? What am I missing here? BTW, the system in
> question is not online or on a network. :-(
>
> Thanks for any help anyone can offer. You can abuse me, too, if
> you
> like. I know it was a dumb thing to do in the first place. That
> CMOS
> is just about worthless anyway.

Go to the HP site and download the bootable floppy setup files. To
recreate the BIOS partition may wipe your existing partition. The
BIOS partition has to be the first one on the drive. If the hard
drive failed, you would have a way to get into the BIOS.

--
Earl F. Parrish
 

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"HH" <hahunt42@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:<EkHac.121$FB1.27@fe25.usenetserver.com>...
> You are double clicking on the SoftPaq .EXE file, correct?
> HH
>
> "bobG" <tetonbob@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:38cc648a.0403311338.6c6327ed@posting.google.com...
> > I deleted my BIOS in my Compaq Deskpro 4000n 5233MMX. Oops. I know I
> > can live without it, but I'd like to restore the BIOS partition if
> > possible. I've done some searching in groups, and found what I think
> > is the right download, SP8126.exe
> >
> > This download won't create series of floppies, however. It says it is
> > supposed to, but after I download the file, then it
> > tells me the download is too large for the media. I know this. If the
> > download is 2.8Mb, it should be 2 or 3 floppies, depending on how it
> > is packaged, right? What am I missing here? BTW, the system in
> > question is not online or on a network. :-(
> >
> > Thanks for any help anyone can offer. You can abuse me, too, if you
> > like. I know it was a dumb thing to do in the first place. That CMOS
> > is just about worthless anyway.

HH-

Thanks for pointing out my obvious error. That's what happens when I
try to do things late at night. Much obliged. All is well. Now I have
to see if the old box will accept them after I re-format.

Very Embarressed,

Bob
 

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"Earl F. Parrish" <efparri@nowhere.world> wrote in message news:<paKac.11079$BE3.3802@nwrddc03.gnilink.net>...
> "bobG" <tetonbob@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:38cc648a.0403311338.6c6327ed@posting.google.com...
> >I deleted my BIOS in my Compaq Deskpro 4000n 5233MMX. Oops. I know
> >I
> > can live without it, but I'd like to restore the BIOS partition if
> > possible. I've done some searching in groups, and found what I
> > think
> > is the right download, SP8126.exe
> >
> > This download won't create series of floppies, however. It says it
> > is
> > supposed to, but after I download the file, then it
> > tells me the download is too large for the media. I know this. If
> > the
> > download is 2.8Mb, it should be 2 or 3 floppies, depending on how
> > it
> > is packaged, right? What am I missing here? BTW, the system in
> > question is not online or on a network. :-(
> >
> > Thanks for any help anyone can offer. You can abuse me, too, if
> > you
> > like. I know it was a dumb thing to do in the first place. That
> > CMOS
> > is just about worthless anyway.
>
> Go to the HP site and download the bootable floppy setup files. To
> recreate the BIOS partition may wipe your existing partition. The
> BIOS partition has to be the first one on the drive. If the hard
> drive failed, you would have a way to get into the BIOS.

Thanks to all in the Group who helped. I have successfully
re-installed the F10 Diagnostic Utility. The key to this is to have NO
partitions on the drive prior to the install. Am now re-installing my
OS. All is well. Thanks again.
Bob
 
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>The key to this is to have NO
>partitions on the drive prior to the install.

Point of fact. One can actually install the utility with partitions and OS
installed, but it takes a HDD management tool like PartitionIT that can create
blank space at the beginning of the drive, by moving the existing partitions.
At least I did it several times on my 4112. But I would agree its best to
start from scratch...

Dale
 

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dej57@aol.com (DEJ57) wrote in message news:<20040403081712.29389.00000535@mb-m11.aol.com>...
> >The key to this is to have NO
> >partitions on the drive prior to the install.
>
> Point of fact. One can actually install the utility with partitions and OS
> installed, but it takes a HDD management tool like PartitionIT that can create
> blank space at the beginning of the drive, by moving the existing partitions.
> At least I did it several times on my 4112. But I would agree its best to
> start from scratch...
>
> Dale

OK, I'll accept that as an addendum to my knowledge of the situation. Thanks.

Bob
 
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>
>OK, I'll accept that as an addendum to my knowledge of the situation. Thanks.
>
>
>Bob

Just noting for all those who had interest in this question. It is possible to
load the Compaq Partition without starting from scratch--with partitions and OS
installed. Could save someone else much time...

Dale
 

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dej57@aol.com (DEJ57) wrote in message news:<20040404103323.27471.00000652@mb-m12.aol.com>...
> >
> >OK, I'll accept that as an addendum to my knowledge of the situation. Thanks.
> >
> >
> >Bob
>
> Just noting for all those who had interest in this question. It is possible to
> load the Compaq Partition without starting from scratch--with partitions and OS
> installed. Could save someone else much time...
>
> Dale

Yes, but only if one has one of those partitioning software programs
around. Otherwise, one must begin at the beginning.
 
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>
>Yes, but only if one has one of those partitioning software programs
>around. Otherwise, one must begin at the beginning.

......that should go without saying....

Do you have a problem with me pointing out that there is an option other than
starting from scratch, and what that option is? For seven years the advice
from Compaq and others on this board has been that you have to start with an
empty HDD to install the Compaq Partition. I've been the only one to point out
that there is actually another method to install it. And I've done it. Surely
Quarterdeck sold more than a handful of PartitionIt and SelectIt, and if you
have access to PartitionIt, wonderful.
If you don't, start from scratch....

Dale
 

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dej57@aol.com (DEJ57) wrote in message news:<20040405171811.16994.00000638@mb-m28.aol.com>...
> >
> >Yes, but only if one has one of those partitioning software programs
> >around. Otherwise, one must begin at the beginning.
>
> .....that should go without saying....
>
> Do you have a problem with me pointing out that there is an option other than
> starting from scratch, and what that option is? For seven years the advice
> from Compaq and others on this board has been that you have to start with an
> empty HDD to install the Compaq Partition. I've been the only one to point out
> that there is actually another method to install it. And I've done it. Surely
> Quarterdeck sold more than a handful of PartitionIt and SelectIt, and if you
> have access to PartitionIt, wonderful.
> If you don't, start from scratch....
>
> Dale

Nope, no problem at all. Just trying to make clear to others
interested, including novices like me trolling the NGs, all the info
at the same time. Thanks again. Much obliged for the knowledge. If one
has critical data involved, your approach would be the best way, and a
time saver, and worth finding (or even buying<g>) a partitioning tool
such as the ones you mention.

Bob
 

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