First post, by Pajeroking
After buying my retro PC, a COMPAQ DeskPro 4000, i ran into several problems, and before addressing those , i would like to better understand how this works.
Here is the main topic : Re: Compaq Deskpro 4000
My System has a BIOS that you need to manually install on the HDD, it does not come with the BIOS already installed on the PC.
I have another system with Win 7 on it. In order to install software/games on the COMPAQ i bought an USB Floppy Disk which works quite fine.
1. Because there is no BIOS on the Compaq, i need to install it;
2. Apparently there is no MS DOS installed on the system, when i type VER i get an error of some sort ( i forgot it exactly);
3. I downloaded MS DOS 6.0 from the Internet, there are 3 IMG files, i burned them on the floppy using WINIMAGE software, aaaand, the floppy is recognized, MS DOS enters the installation wizard, but i immediately receive the error "Unable to install MS DOS. This might be because of a bad HDD/Cables or because you are missing some software/drivers".
4. That makes me think I need to install first the PC BIOS. I found the BIOS setup file on the internet but its .EXE. I tried copying (using Win 7 ) into a floppy , but COMPAQ does not recognize it. I cannot create a bootable floppy using Winimage because it only accepts IMG files.
5. When formatting the floppy on WIN 7 and checking the "Create MS DOS Startup disk", it automatically copies the following files to the floppy. (see attached pic).
6. I cannot choose the Floppy disk on the COMPAQ as bootable because i don t have the BIOS installed therefore i cannot access the menu.
Having said all of the above, can i create a bootable floppy using WIN 7 with an .EXE file on it?? (the BIOS driver). Or do i need to do that from an older Windows? (XP, 98 etc.).
If any of you can explain to me what am i doing wrong and how the system works i would be very grateful.