It appears there is nothing available there for the 8088 Compaq Portable, only the 80486 version, I need it for the 8088Quite possibly, you'll find what you need in the form of a SoftPaq... though I am not sure how far back they go. When I was a Compaq service tech in the 486/Pentium era, they had SoftPaqs for everything.
I think that HP has long taken them off of their server, but they have been archived elsewhere. Check out the link below. You can search through the text files on the server to find SoftPaqs for your machine. Sadly, they are not indexed like they used to be back in the day, but with some hunting, you can find all of the SoftPaqs that originally pertained to your system.
I have a Compaq DeskPro 6000. I love that system!
I'm still on the hunt for a nice LTE 5000 series. Someday, someday...
That's just like mine!It appears there is nothing available there for the 8088 Compaq Portable, only the 80486 version, I need it for the 8088
It's probably the tantalum capacitors on the motherboard and drive controller, mine would not power on due to the capacitors overloading the psu. interestingly the PSU, Video card, and VDU were completely fine.That's just like mine!
The system doesn't turn on right now - I don't even get the background glow on the CRT, so I think the power supply is shot. I'm thinking of pulling out all of the inside parts and replacing them with modern hardware. In my more insidious moments, I've thought about putting in a MISTer running the ao486 core.
So now I have discovered I cannot format a 360K diskette with windows 10 which greatly complicates getting the disk image from the internet to the floppy.Compaq DOS 3.31 is the one you're looking for. This is the best version for 8086 and 8088 powered PCs.
Do you have a 360K drive that works on a Windows 10 compatible motherboard? A 1.2MB drive won't work.So now I have discovered I cannot format a 360K diskette with windows 10 which greatly complicates getting the disk image from the internet to the floppy.
My motherboard supports 360k and 1.2m 5.25 drives and all 3.5 drives, however if I try to format a 5.25 drive windows 10 gives an input/output error.Do you have a 360K drive that works on a Windows 10 compatible motherboard? A 1.2MB drive won't work.
I'd probably look at something like a GoTek. I picked one up a few months ago for DOS work, and it does the job. The only problem is that I'm not sure if the Compaq floppy BIOS can drive a 3.5" diskette. This will probably take some research to figure out.
yeah, that's why I kept saying "360K drive." 1.2MB drives cannot write a disk that can be reliably read on a 360K drive. If I recall, this is because the write head creates a narrower track, but it's been a while since I've messed with floppy diskettes, especially 5.25" models.Ok so it seems the 1.2M drive I had used to write them wasn't providing the real 360K drives with a good enough data track.
I have just the base machine, two floppy drives, floppy controller+LPT port and CGA video board. I've ordered a dual serial port card for communications. I might get some kind of internal storage for it eventually just so I can fit more on it or play games that require installation.Oh! I'm glad there are other Compaq Portable owners, I used mine while dialing into BBS's, it has a 10mb HDD and I think a newer version of DOS... I think my hard disk is starting to die now... which is sad. I was looking at XT-IDE but have never used one so I am unsure which will work (with what available options they have on the site). So far I haven't had to do any repairs other than the keyboard (The foam inside seemed to disintegrate.)
I was thinking of one of those IDE cards like I see in 8Bit Guy's Videos:I have just the base machine, two floppy drives, floppy controller+LPT port and CGA video board. I've ordered a dual serial port card for communications. I might get some kind of internal storage for it eventually just so I can fit more on it or play games that require installation.
That card may work. I have one in my PS/2 Model 30 286.I was thinking of one of those IDE cards like I see in 8Bit Guy's Videos:
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Just not sure if it works on these, and the options of EEPROM Type, and if I want IBM-XT Slot8 Support? Like i said totally new to the whole CF adapters as most of my retro gear still works with original drives, my Compaq is the first one that the HDD is dying and I don't know to trust buying replacement drives as I could just get another one with bad sectors and screaming KEEEEEL MEEEE IM PAST MY RETIREMENT!!!