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I just finished setting up a (used) Compaq Presario 7222ES. I set it up for Windows since I'm giving it to a computer newbie who is learning Windows. I learned some things (i.e., I had some problems).

(These were discarded by the Southern Lehigh School District, and members of the LVLUG obtained some of them. Some (5?) were donated to the ChurchServerProject.)

See AboutThesePages.


Hard Disk

Saving Images

I had taken the hard disk out of it to use in another computer, but I had made images of the software with the intent of being able to reinstall the original software when I replaced the hard disk. I had some problems doing this -- it seems either the image software (ghost) didn't pick up the Windows hidden files (io.dos and ms.dos), or I accidentally deleted them before making the reduced image.

(I made two images, one with all the software, which would require about 760 MB of space to restore (IIRC), and a reduced image that had basically just Windows; and Office 97 Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; so that if I wanted to install a smaller hard disk (from my "inventory"), I could.)

I will try to make working images again sometime in the future with the other Presario I have.

In any event, I had to install Windows95 and Office97 from scratch.

No Jumpers for Western Digital Caviar 2340 Hard Drive

I had some problems making a WD hard drive work (I tried a 2340 and a 2200). Eventually I learned that, to install a Western Digital Caviar (at least a 2340) in a Compaq Presario, it should have neither the master nor slave jumper installed. (This worked on the 2340, I assume it will work on the 2240.)

(Addendum by DanRidley: most Western Digital Caviar IDE drives expect to have neither jumper if they are the only drive on the channel. If there are two devices, you use the master and slave jumpers as usual.)


The Compaq drive includes a small (SCO) Xenix partition (3 MB) with some diagnostics. I was able to restore this successfully from the image, and currently think restoring this is a good idea. I've had trouble getting into the setup, and this may have been part of the problem.

Bios Setup

Press <shift>F10 while the memory test is running (counting) to get into setup -- I guess this is the recommended way, but it worked very inconsistently for me so far. Another way to get into setup is to intentionally cause a problem (pull the Ethernet NIC), and the machine will often offer to go into setup -- you press F10 when prompted.

It seems the machine is set up to boot from A:, C: -- so far I have found no way to change this or boot from a CD-Rom. Hence, I keep a boot floppy with CD-Rom drivers. (This boot floppy did not work on the ChurchServerProject Presarios.)

CD-Rom Drives

I had basically no problems using the CD-Rom drive on my Compaq Presario (the first one, haven't tried the second one). The people who set up the software on the Presarios at the ChurchServerProject could not make the CD-Roms work at all. It seems strange that five machines could have bad CD-Rom drives. Since one Presario is out-of-service, I will bring it home (today?) and, for example, test the CD-Rom drive.

Hardware Components

Looked at the chips on the motherboard and recorded a lot of the numbers:

  • Opti 82C556M
  • Opti 82C557M
  • Opti 82C558M
  • S3 Trio64V+ video
  • ESS Audiodrive ES1788F audio (plug and play) -- downloaded a driver from ESS and installed fine -- tested -- the red socket is for the speakers.

Also included in the machine:

  • 19.2 kbps modem (14.4 fax) -- seems to install properly with the "standard" modem driver, but I haven't tested it yet.
  • Ethernet NIC -- Intel Ether Express 16 or 16 TP (TP only, no BNC connector) -- removed from this computer to possibly use elsewhere.
  • The original hard drive was a Seagate, about 1.3 GB. I'll get the model number when I open another machine.


  • RandyKramer - 17 Mar 2002
  • DanRidley - 30 Sept 2002
  • <If you edit this page, add your name here, move this to the next line>

Rants (Ignore)

See MyRantings.

Compaq -- yeah propietary hardware frown -- having troubles with an IBM machine at the ChurchServerProject -- on-board NIC doesn't seem to work, and, whether the on-board NIC is enabled or disabled, can't seem to make an external NIC card work.

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