Hard disk update on presario 800 notebook (80xl4)

Discussion in 'Compaq' started by Alessio Sangalli, Oct 16, 2003.

  1. Hi; I own a Presario 800 notebook (model number 80xl4).

    Recently the original 20GB Hitachi drive began to have many broken
    sectors; so I ordered a new 60GB Hitachi drive.

    After having inserted it, I powered up the laptop but the BIOS stays
    there forever to recognize IDE devices.

    I've read on dejanews that I would need a BIOS update or whatever. A
    friend of mine has the same laptop with a working hdd if it's needed for
    some reasons.

    Where can I download a BIOS update for my laptop? Anyone knows the
    procedure better!??!

    Thank you
    Alessio Sangalli
    Alessio Sangalli, Oct 16, 2003
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  2. Most Compaqs require that you put the jumpers on the rear of the new drive
    in the "cable select" position, otherwise the computer won't see the new
    drive. Then you have to install the operating system with the restore disk,
    if you have the full restore disks. If you only have the recovery disks, D
    drive is needed and that won't be on a blank drive, so it won't work. Full
    restore disks are available from Compaq for a fee. Mike N
    Michael Naven, Oct 16, 2003
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  3. Alessio Sangalli

    Herminio2025 Guest

    drivers, etc.
    type your laptop model and look for softpacks in the case of bios it's called
    rompacks. But before doing anything, even on laptops, there is a jumper on the
    hard drive that should be set to cable select instead of master. If that fails,
    try the rompack.
    Herminio2025, Nov 8, 2003
  4. I too am looking for solutions to this, is it limitation of Insyd BIOS?
    Chiachen Tsao, Nov 20, 2003
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