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Changing Compaq BIOS settings Kathleen Coons 05.30.1998
Problem: I have a presario 7234 and just purchased a hp deskjet 890c and a hp scanjet 5100can not get them to work together with my computer..each will work separately..I was told by compaq that I have to change the bios..I have to chane from ecp tp epp printer driver but it has to be done in the bios...any help you can give will greatly be appreciated... thanks Kathy
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Hi Kathy, I'm not sure, but try this first. With the computer turned off, turn on the monitor first so you will be able to see all the beginning "stuff" as the computer starts up. After the monitor warms up, turn on the computer and watch the screen. When you see a blinking "square" cursor in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, press the "F10" function key on your keyboard. This action tells the computer to go into the BIOS Setup Screen. So far, so good. Time for a little ranting on my part. At this point you will not see the real BIOS setup screen, but Compaq's cutsey little GUI interface to the BIOS setup. Unfortunately, all the settings of a modern BIOS do not seem to be available from this interface. My gut feeling is that Compaq restricts access to "protect us from ourselves". On the other hand maybe I'm "all wet" because I have been unable to find much info on this subject yet. I'm working from a Deskpro 2000 here and I'm hoping your Presario 7234 BIOS screen is different from mine, because mine does not have a setting for EPP (other non-Compaq machines I work with do have the setting). Let's get on with it. The first screen you should see after pressing the F10 key, and waiting a moment, should be a "Language Selection" screen. Select "English:" and press the "Enter" key. The next screen is a "Welcome Screen". Press the "Enter" key. The next screen should be "Compaq Utilities". Select the "Computer Setup" line item (using the "arrow" keys, if necessary) and press "Enter" again. After a moment or two you should be transported to the "Computer Setup" Screen. Click the "Communications" Icon/Button to open the communications screen. This is where I hope you have different choices than I do - My screen only allows me to change I/O addresses, DMA channels, and IRQ settings. There is no mention whatsoever of ECP or EPP for the Parallel Port. If there is a checkbox or picklist in you setup for EPP, make your changes and work your way back out of the setup screens by selecting the OK buttons and saving your changes. The computer will reboot and the BIOS will have been changed. It is a good idea to note existing settings before making a change. So you can come back here and reverse any changes that "mess up" your computer. Let me know how you do. I Remain, L. R. Kephart LAROKE Microcomputer Consultants \\\ | /// ( 0 0 ) +----------------o00----------------(_)------------------------------------+ e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Personal: http://www.laroke.com/larryk4674/index.htm Business: http://www.laroke.com +----------------------------------------------o00-------------------------+ I___I___I II II oo0 0oo
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