I recently bought some Compaq Clipper IA-1's (blue) (no internal ethernet).
This is my progress so far, any help welcome.
- With no CF installed, the IA boots BeOS from the internal Sandisk.
- With a Dos-formatted bootable (*) CF-disk inserted, it boots DOS from the CF.
READ FIRST BEFORE START !!! or things might go wrong... I know
I TAKE NO RESPONSABILITY ON THIS METHOD. THIS IS AT YOUR OWN RISK!!! If things go wrong, don't blame me!!!
(*) Format CF to boot from DOS: http://h18007.www1.hp.com/support/files/hpcpqdt/us/download/20306.html
You must have a bootable DOS disk.
be sure to copy COMMAND.COM from the DOS disk to the root of the CF card!
Download the following:
- DiskManager dmgr956a.exe from http://www.storagedrivers.com/drivers/124/124929.htm
- Uniflash from www.uniflash.org
On a Windows-based PC with CF-reader operational:
Unzip diskmanager & uniflash to directories on your Compact Flash Card
Copy all your DOS system files (COMMAND.COM, FDISK, FORMAT, ATTRIB, SYS (important!!!), ...) to a directory named \DOS on your CF.
Optional: Create an AUTOEXEC in the root of your CF whith 'PATH \DOS' in it. (you can put KEYB xx and so on in it too...)
Boot your IA from the CF card with all the tools on it.
If your IA doesn't boot:
a) you have a different IA-1, BIOS or CMOS settings than mine
b) you have used a CF-card greater than 1 Gb
c) you should find a solution to boot your IA-1 to boot from CF (you can find it on this great forum)
d) i made a mistake or forgot something
e) you have bad luck
f) anything other, but I'm not responsible for it. Until now, nothing has changed to your original settings of your system. You can bail out now. You have been warned.
Okay, let's continue on your rebooted system:
First, change to the UNIFLASH map, start UNIFLASH and go to CMOS-utilities to make a backup of your CMOS to file.
If something goes wrong, at least you can restore your CMOS settings!
You can even make a copy of your bios, thanks to this great program!
Start DM.EXE from the diskmanager directory you created.
Setup the internal Sandisk (32Mb). this means: format it! This is IRREVERSIBLE!!!
Reboot System (from the CF, again...)
(if you do a DIR D: now and you have no error, things are looking good...)
First check if your COMMAND.COM is readable and accessible for SYS. If you see COMMAND.COM in your DIR listing, this should be OK.
Change to the DOS directory (not necessary if you have the PATH in autoexec.bat) and do a
SYS D: (as the Sandisk is partitioned and formatted by the DiskManager, it is now accessible)
if you get an error, ATTRIB -h -s -r \COMMAND.COM (ATTRIB options differ on different releases, please check); Retry the SYS D: until success...
copy all from the CF to the SANDISK:
XCOPY C:\*.* D:\ /s/e
Don't overwrite any existing files! Answer 'N' in case!
Now, your system should be ready to start from the Sandisk instead of the CF.
Remove the Compact Flash, reboot the IA-1.
Now you have 2 options:
a) Yell! Yes! It works!
b) Nope. Next time better. Continue browsing this great forum!
If this is/was helpfull, a simple thanks would be grateful
PS: Several images and tools for the Clipper IA-1 are available.
Due to a lack of time, i'm not in the possibility to put them on a website.
If someone wants to help, please contact me.
Webspace is no problem, time is...
Once again: The aboved procedure is based on my personal experiences and tryouts. I cannot be held responsible it something fails.
I'm looking for help on the following subjects:
- Get into the BIOS to select the boot order (no jumper, please). Maybe a Compaq Softpaq that has a CMOS utility to be run in DOS?
- Boot from a CF (or preferably a microdrive) > 1 Gb
- Install EZ-drive on a Compact Flash or Microdrive in Windows XP (any partition manager that supports this?)