Son of a #@$%
The hdd crashed in my Compaq Presario 4460es and now I cannot get into the bios to change the settings. The little mother %#@! won't let me in and just stays on the Compaq Screen but will boot off a hard drive or cd. I've tried clearing the CMOS but it still won't work. I'm also not pressing the wrong button because I have gotten into the bios before by using the F10 key. Can someone help me?
How did you reset CMOS? If with pin rearangement then try removing the battery. Maybe F10 is not an option any more cuz an error has occuered so try 'del' or F2 or you can try all the F's . You can try to update bios to if you can boot it from a cd/diskette.
The battery isn't detachable and I've already pressed all the F's along with different combinations just to humor you but still nothing. It didn't get like this until the original hard drive went out.
Well thank you for humoring me. Right did you try flashing bios?
Maybe bios crashed and therefor your mother %#@! is dead (at least the mother board)
Some compaqs have the setup on a hidden partition on the hard drive.
Go to their web site. there should be a program you can download,
which will create a floppy disk that can be used to create the hidden
partition on your new hard drive. After that, you install your operating system.