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First post, by khyypio

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This is my friends old Compaq and I´m going to refurbish it for him. However, I could use a little guidance from people wiser than myself 😀

First, this is what I have to work with: The case is very, very dirty but otherwise it´s in excellent condition, no yellowing or bad scratches, so the outside parts will only receive a thorough cleaning. I will disassemble this computer completely and I´m going to paint the bare frame in almost similar beige as the case, it´s a little bit darker than the original beige because the store I visited didn´t have the perfect match but that´s fine. And yes, I will do it right with a proper primer and matt lack finish, it will NOT flake off! The hard drive is missing, but that´s fine because I would´ve replace it with an IDE2SD adapter anyway. I will also throw a SB Live! CT4830 in there mainly because I have an extra one.

Upgrades my friend made in the 90s:
- 200 MHz Pentium CPU
- Orchid Righteous 3D
- two 16 Mb SIMM sticks.

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This computer originally had Windows 3.11 but we agreed that Windows 95 OSR 2.5 would be a better option. There´s something that I´m a bit worried though, and what I could use a little help with: I don´t what kind of driver solution would be best for the integrated on-board chipsets, nor can I even find any. Here´s what we can see from the pictures:
-Opti Viper 82C556M, 82C557M and 82C558M

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- graphics chipset S3 Trio64V+ H0C3CC and S3 Scenic/MX2 GOA3CC

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- and sound chipset ESS Audio Drive ES1788F

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I will be updating this thread as this project proceeds to completion and there will be a new video in the end, of course 😀

Reply 2 of 4, by PC Hoarder Patrol

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Nice looking system 😀

The support files for these old Compaqs are normally remarkably easy to track down as all the SoftPaqs are still available online, both thru the HP ftp site and from the many independant mirrors of the same...e.g. this SoftPaq for the Trio64V+ is SP1879 (there may be newer ones as well) and supports Windows 95 on the Presario 9500 series. Here's a link to the readme file

ftp://ftp3.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp1501-2000/sp1879.txt

Reply 3 of 4, by khyypio

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Small update:

There was another chip hiding behind the modem

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Here´s the stripped frame

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And here it´s recovering from spray poisoning

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Reply 4 of 4, by chinny22

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This seems like a pretty good page.
http://www.driversguru.com/manufacturer/HP-pi … 63194%3E3768941

If you check the 2nd "Download Now" option for the driver (Not the installer) you can see its linking back to HP's FTP.

It may not have an individual page for the 9538 but alot say the 9500 series (alot of the time the hardware was the same across the series with a small change like a CPU the only difference)

earlier Compaqs accessed bios from a bootdisk/system partition, which if your missing the HDD you won't have. The "Personal Computer Setup" in the list from the site above looks to be what you'll need.

Compaq created their own motherboard chipsets but everything else (like the onboard sound/video) has a 90% chance of working with generic drivers.

I agree should be nice little project. Once you get the new HDD setup all working should be like running up any other PC