access to BIOS of DECpc

From: Gooijen H <>
Date: Thu Oct 21 02:52:29 2004

I found the SET320P.EXE program on the COMPAQ site, and it allows
several items 'normally' found in a BIOS to be manipulated. Alas,
there is no field to change the hard drive parameters nor the type!

The disk manager was a good idea, I have one old 486 PC with a big
Western Digital drive, too big to be supported by the BIOS, and the
EZ-DRIVE disk manager works perfectly here.
However, EZ-DRIVE only accepts to work with Western Digital drives,
and the 2.5" hard disk that I have is from HP. The disk manager
also wants certain settings for the hard disk in the BIOS ...

Still not giving up / one more try: could somebody point me to a
site that has a non-commercial disk manager (for HP or not restricted
to specific HDDs) or even better e-mail a ZIP with such disk manager?

- Henk, PA8PDP.

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Dr. Ido
> Sent: woensdag 20 oktober 2004 13:18
> To: General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts
> Subject: RE: access to BIOS of DECpc
> At 01:16 PM 10/20/04 +0200, you wrote:
> > Thanks Dan,
> >
> >I feel a bit silly, but it was late last night is my excuse.
> >"DECpc 320P" in Google gave a link to floppy images on a COMPAQ site.
> >I will try them this evening, but it is good to know that the DECpc
> >"knows" a limited number of hard disks. If I can 'upgrade' to some
> >300 Mb of the 420 Mb capacity it is still better than the 40 Mb that
> >I have available at this point.
> If none of the drive types in the BIOS are a close match for
> the HDD you want to use you could use a disk manager.
> >From memory they are still available on the Maxtor and Seagate
> websites, but of course those version only work with Maxtor/Seagate
> HDDs. There were commercial versions that weren't restricted to
> specific HDDs, but I wouldn't know where to find them.
> I've used them before when I've had no other option, they work ok
> with DOS/Win9x, no idea about other OS's.
Received on Thu Oct 21 2004 - 02:52:29 BST

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