Compaq LTE Elite 4/75cx Boot Disk Error Problem (550 Views)
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Compaq LTE Elite 4/75cx Boot Disk Error Problem

My father acquired a compaq LTE elite 4/75cx. When it's turned on, it goes through the standard memory check, then a "non-system disk or disk error" message appears, despite the fack that no disk is present in the drive. I have been unable get the computer to boot past this point. Any suggestions?
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Rainald T
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Re: Compaq LTE Elite 4/75cx Boot Disk Error Problem

Greg,
really no disk at all?
AFAICS the msg is comming from the hard-drive which is not bearing an OS (at least not one which would be able to boot).

Did you try to boot from a bootable floppy disk (one cannot boot from a CD with this type of notebook).

Rainald
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Re: Compaq LTE Elite 4/75cx Boot Disk Error Problem

Yep, we've tried a standard boot disk. Someone had previously mentioned that compaq occasionally has boot disk issues re: being interchangeable with other brands (compaq's disks not working in other brands and vice versa).
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Re: Compaq LTE Elite 4/75cx Boot Disk Error Problem

Greg yours :
... 'compaq's disks not working in other brands and vice versa' ...

so unfortunately you are TOTALY wrong.

IMO also uneducated in IT one (as me)
can vvvvv.easy resuscitate old CQ laptop
with alient HDD
and with alient bootable Flopy

may favorite pet is : CQ LTE Elite 4/75cx
so
since three years was the subject of experimental
installations :
on huge HDD
severeal winOSs on it (w95; w98; w2k)
connected to Internet

additional experience :
with diferent HDDs from 514MB to 20GB
additional equipment :
docking stations (CD-ROM; second : HDD & NIC )
external HDD ect

BTW unfortunately I'm tooooo weak to play with Linux ect

mentioned laptop CQ LTE Elite 4/75cx
one can read a lot of threads on the FORUM eg :
author Scott Okell subject: LTE Elite Upgrades
Dec 15, 2002 22:28:47 GMT
http://forums.itrc.hp.com/cm/QuestionAnswer/1,,0xa4bd50dde50cd71190050090279cd0f9,00.html

more links can be find in my profile

see also manuals :
quick reference guide LTE elite http://www.cnunix.com/ftp/Compaq/lte_elite-1.html
source
.pdf Quick Reference Guide: LTE Elite
ftp://ftp.compaq.com/pub/supportinformation/techpubs/qrg/lteelite.pdf
LTE Elite Online Manaul To download the LTE Elite Online Manual:
ftp://ftp.compaq.com/pub/supportinformation/forum/portables/eliteiol014.hlp
Maitenance & Service Giude for LTE Elite Series
http://h200002.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/UCR/SupportManual/TPM_194061-001_rev1_us/TPM_194061-001_r...

go ahead
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Rainald T
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Re: Compaq LTE Elite 4/75cx Boot Disk Error Problem

Greg,
trying to say it in clear words ;-)

NO. One does not need special boot disks for this type of machine.
Any bootable diskete should boot.

If a diskette know to be good does not boot and you receive the "non-system-disk" error msg,
(a) possibly MultiBott will be enabled in the BIOS and the HDD set fitst in the boot order,
(b) the FDD will be defective.

HTH
Rainald
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Re: Compaq LTE Elite 4/75cx Boot Disk Error Problem

Sorry to say
but to above Rainald's points "(A)" & "(B)"
the third point was find
for "non-system-disk" error msg,
let say "C" sequence

BTW is also v.similar "D"sq was find with 'lack of OS'

After a few days experiments with my pet
with latest BIOS versions 09/23/99
=System ROMPaq 4N3.99.9.23 A 10 Nov 99

http://www.compaq.com/support/files/LTE/us/download/8061.html
so
CQ LTE elite 4/75cx
CQdiagnosticPartition & w98 on first partition
HDD > 503MB (partition from w98Fdisk) !
no fdd in flopy
in mentioned
"C" sequence is as follow :
RAM couting > 32768 KB OK
1790 Disk 0 Error
> Non System disk or disk error repleace ... ect
if
option was choosed
how to find
so > CQstartupFdd in flopy and 'Starting MS-DOS'... ect
> > 'Computer Setup for Portables 1.12B'
> >
'Primary Drive 1 Type 65 (valueMB)'
'Hard Drive Information'
and | for :
Type/Cylinders/Heads/Sectors/MaxECC (respectively)
in

(pay attention mentioned is NOT avaiable by default)
two options (means BIOS settings for HDD size !) :
setting for HDD size up to 503MB
setting for HDD size up to 8068MB

explanation
uncorect BIOS setting :
biosHDDsize vs HDDpartition size
(respectively HDDsize below or above 503MB)
"non-system-disk" error msg, can be seen on disply

BTW how to make avaiable
and "D"sq with 'lack of OS'
- can be explaied if needed hehehe
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Rainald T
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Re: Compaq LTE Elite 4/75cx Boot Disk Error Problem

Sorry, Andrzej,
you know that I estimate your expertise very high.
But I'm absolutely unable to understand what you wamt to say.

I read your posting over an over again.
Still I have no clue what you are saying in normal human language. Not would I be abler to detect what you are aiming at.

Greg asked a question.
Clearly understandable.
IMO he would have deserved a reply which he might be able to understand.

Dear Andrzej, I know that your native tongue is not English. Mine too. I know that sometimes some my of my verbose postings are not understood too good.
But I try at least to make myself understood.

Couldn't you too at least try to help in solving problems??
Your "technical 'Chinese'" IMO is hardly understandable at all.

Greg wants to get his computer going.
I'm sure that you could solve his problem.

So how about letting your expertise flow into practical suggestions?

TIA
Rainald



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Vincent Perry
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Re: Compaq LTE Elite 4/75cx Boot Disk Error Problem

Greg, hopefully the long, verbose replys havn't scared you away.

A short synopsis of what was said is this:

1. Check in the BIOS settings to make sure your hard drive is being correctly reported.
2. Check in the BIOS settings that; A. The multiboot function is enabled, B. The floppy drive is listed before the hard drive, and C. That the floppy drive is enabled as a boot device.
3. If you then still cannot boot from a floppy drive, more than likely the floppy drive is defective. (Not 100% as there is a miriad of other things still POSSIBLE).

Vince
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Re: Compaq LTE Elite 4/75cx Boot Disk Error Problem

Please apologize me my post and expresion on it.
IMO it was very detailed explanation (step by step) of may experiments.
Trust my I did not want to use 'pigeon-english' or 'secret knowledge'.
UNFORTUNATELY it was
abortive probation of explanation 'screen by screen'
of BIOS settings.
Totaly agree that in the future I can write
'screen by screen' explanation not on Forum post
but in attachment and in much more clear & clean form.

so
I'm surprised that latest BIOS CQ LTE Elite has
settings concerning on HDD size.
Customers have choose HDD size acceptable by BIOS
size below or above 503MB egde
up to 8000MB (on 486 laptop !)

on
one can find two options
exactly both mean BIOS settings for HDD size ! :
first means setting for size up to 503MB
second means setting for size up to 8062MB

if Greg's laptop
was a victim of plaing with mentioned by me settings HDD size
"non-system-disk" error msg can be on disply
if so
simply change
from actual option to second one can solve the problem.
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Re: Compaq LTE Elite 4/75cx Boot Disk Error Problem

The problem has been fixed. Unfortunately it doesn't look like the laptop's going to be good for much due to its age speed and memory. Thanks everyone!
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Rainald T
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Re: Compaq LTE Elite 4/75cx Boot Disk Error Problem

Greg,
just curios: did you get it ruuning.

|| Unfortunately it doesn't look like the laptop's going to be good for much due
|| to its age speed and memory

Depends on what one wants to use it for.
The LTE Elite 4/75 was a really great machine at its time.
And there's quite some areas where it still does the job.

Rainald


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Tom_344
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Re: Compaq LTE Elite 4/75cx Boot Disk Error Problem

Have you tried reseating the hard drive? There should be a little door on the front left side that opens. There should be a small cloth tab to pull the hard drive out. You may have to pull hard to get it out. Put it back in and boot the unit up.
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