My Compaq Presario 4766 - DOS / Win9X machine

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Re: My Compaq Presario 4766 - DOS / Win9X machine

Postby vetz » 2014-4-26 @ 23:57

Cool machine, but how good is that integrated monitor?
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Re: My Compaq Presario 4766 - DOS / Win9X machine

Postby Fasterpast » 2014-4-27 @ 07:59

It's small... About 14". Otherwise it's like any of the 96's CRT monitors.
Here is mobo: http://keygen-fm.ru/cpq/cpq7.jpg
There are only 2 ISA and 1 PCI on the riser and 4 SIMMs (8mb intergrated into MB). Also S3 have only 1mb of RAM and MPEG riser for S3 Scenic, but it's kinda compaq unique pinout, so I can't find MPEG module for it =(
Old 6x CD-ROM works and sounds great =) So I don't want to change it. And same thing with HDD. I replaced all HDDs with SSDs in my modern PCs but the "noise" of Quantum thing remembers me about "old good times" etc ))) Maybe I will change my mind later.
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Re: My Compaq Presario 4766 - DOS / Win9X machine

Postby vetz » 2014-11-24 @ 14:43

I've been giving it some thought, but what do you guys think of putting this machine back to stock?

Yes, its fun to see what kind of speed and upgrades I can push out of this machine, but it is my childhood computer. I have other systems that can handle the games that require more CPU power. Putting it back to 1997 setup would be kind of fun, with Win95 and period software. Just for nostalgia reasons.

This would just work for 1997 and some 1998 games. I used this machine up until 2000, but by then most games were unplayable and I don't want to go back to that. For instance I played Dungeon Keeper 2 on this system back in 1999, but it was a sluggish experience. Today with the AMD K6-III it is actually playable (by my modern standards). So do I keep the upgrades so I can play _all_ the games in better, more acceptable framerate than what I used to play back in the days, or do I take it back to stock and focus on the good times of 1997 when all games ran smooth like hell?
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Re: My Compaq Presario 4766 - DOS / Win9X machine

Postby chinny22 » 2014-11-26 @ 14:56

I say do it.
You have the BX pc which can do everything this pc can do, and probably do it better.
and you can get that warm happy feeling knowing that your childhood PC is also available to jump on
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Re: My Compaq Presario 4766 - DOS / Win9X machine

Postby vetz » 2014-11-27 @ 15:58

chinny22 wrote:I say do it.
You have the BX pc which can do everything this pc can do, and probably do it better.
and you can get that warm happy feeling knowing that your childhood PC is also available to jump on

Yeah.

I gotta find the original CD-ROM, but that shouldn't be too hard. Finding a new Compaq PS/2 mouse I don't think should be too hard either. I got the rest of the parts laying around. Still in doubt if I should switch back to the old Quantum 5.25" harddrive. Its noisy and slow :P
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Re: My Compaq Presario 4766 - DOS / Win9X machine

Postby ODwilly » 2014-11-27 @ 17:54

I have found the old Bigfoot's to be terrible Windows drives, but the lower capacity ones make fantastic 3.11 drives in a 486. Just make sure you have enough ram so that Windows doesnt have to swap memory from the hard drive if you are using 9x on one. That gets messy and slow as heck.
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Re: My Compaq Presario 4766 - DOS / Win9X machine

Postby vetz » 2014-11-28 @ 12:12

ODwilly wrote:I have found the old Bigfoot's to be terrible Windows drives, but the lower capacity ones make fantastic 3.11 drives in a 486. Just make sure you have enough ram so that Windows doesnt have to swap memory from the hard drive if you are using 9x on one. That gets messy and slow as heck.


The computer was originally delivered with a 2.1GB Bigfoot, 32MB SDRAM and Win95, so going 3.11 is not an option if its going to stay original.
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Re: My Compaq Presario 4766 - DOS / Win9X machine

Postby ODwilly » 2014-11-28 @ 12:37

Pretty cool restore! sorry I just meant that is how I have found to effectively utilize spare Bigfoots. We had a compaq that shipped with 64mb of ram and either a p2 or a Celeron that used a 12gb bigfoot. It was amazing how fast that machine was when it got maxed out to 384mb and a 450 p3 found its way in there at some point. That was my sister's computer for a solid decade and ran xp just fine!
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Re: My Compaq Presario 4766 - DOS / Win9X machine

Postby Shyzah » 2018-2-07 @ 08:24

Just posted my presario 4784 sleeper. Not done with it yet but I think you presario fans might like it. Something you dont see everyday...
https://imgur.com/gallery/A65Kn

oh and if you're willing to sell your front panel i might buy it. I need another donor computer. I need to make my cuts prettier. This was my first build ever, not so perfect underneath.
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Re: My Compaq Presario 4766 - DOS / Win9X machine

Postby Radical Vision » 2018-2-12 @ 17:17

Too bad the first post miss the pictures... Yet compaq have really strange computers, the last one with the speakers looks like viper lol...
Too bad HP did buy Compaq...
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Re: My Compaq Presario 4766 - DOS / Win9X machine

Postby Radical Vision » 2018-2-12 @ 17:40

Veeeeeery nicee for the eyes and the keyboard seems from the same series so nice, the Compaq Viper series i will call it....
Only one thing missing Compaq monitor and Compaq mice...

As i can see you are very big fan of Compaq as well, me too enjoy that Compaq stuff.
I did remove most of the Compaq Deskpro EN parts, as i hate the damn PGA 370, so i installed inside way better Pentium II and Gigabyte board, with TNT Pro, AWE 64 and Quantum FireBall....

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Re: My Compaq Presario 4766 - DOS / Win9X machine

Postby oeuvre » 2018-2-14 @ 05:16

those compaq keyboards are pretty underrated for rubber domes
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Re: My Compaq Presario 4766 - DOS / Win9X machine

Postby Radical Vision » 2018-2-14 @ 07:41

They are very well build, specially the one from the photo, it have big steel plate and is heavy (not like IBM Model M of course), but the sound that it makes is nothing special... Im looking for mechanical Compaq keyboard, so far nothing...

Now this Compaq (Mitsumi) keyboard is special, it is rubber, but the quality of the plastic is great when you touch it, also it is build in Ireland, and when you press the keys faster and hit them harder the keyboard have unique sounding...
I like to collect hardware that is build in different places then Asia, like this Ireland Keyboard, i have also DELL Latitude made there, and some PII processors, or AMD Slot A made in USA, or ELSA video card made in France, or RAM sticks Infineon made in Italy, or IBM Model M made in UK, or Cherry Keyboard made in Germany (i was pisst off when i did found it is G83 rubber instead of mechanical G80...) ..

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