i think it was decided that what's on the bezel doesn't matter... what i think probly does is where you got it, it seems lower-end refurbs are better, probly been on the shelf longer.
anyhow, if you get the memory counting, and a cursor on screen, you've hacked it to some level. in the default setup there's nothing but the compaq logo (at least that's how mine was out of the box). so, if ANYTHING changed after futsing around inside, you've got a start...
the next level is getting to the cmos which is normally just pressing F10 at just the right time (around when the cursor 'drops'), takes a few tries. mine worked just fine like that. i've heard of some success with ctrl-u instead of F10 (fyi, the 'compaq' button in the mid/top of your kbd is F10) when F10 didn't work.
if F10 AND ctrl-u doesn't work, you've got an 'un-haxable'
the next step is to experiment, perhaps go nuts with a USB kbd, or figure out a way to run a bios flasher from the internet (any word on that yet?) or plug in a usb drive of some sort (cdrom, hdd, floppy, etc) and see if it'll boot off one of those.
also, in other threads, we've got a good idea of the ide layout, internal cf is master on the primary ide adapter, the cf slot is master on the secondary ide adapter, so, if there's some way to swap the connections (break out your wire, soldering iron, and nerves), then you wouldn't need to get to the bios (the cf slot would now be master on primary), but you could boot off a cf with a flasher utility and reflash anyways to a hackable bios (so you don't have to re-solder everything if you decide to boot off the internal later)
anywho, good luck all.