20 Most Recent Compaq Presario 1255 Notebook Questions & Answers

Xp will not install in place of 98. the hardware is too old. Set bios to boot from disk. If you have a rescue disk boot to safe mode and see what the problem is.

Compaq Presario... | Answered on Jan 08, 2018

compaq is HP so best is to ask them, there, now here.
RTC error mean , the RTC coin cell is dead.
all PCs this old are dead battery ,
RTC= real time clock chip says IM DEAD, but is battery dead ,..

remove the coin cell, and put in a new one.
end story.
then set time .
best is to set time in BIOS setup. 1st.

this Compaq is 18 years old now. or 126 dog years.
id , push it off a cliff on the 4th July with fireworks. and all.
let me guess its XP the VIRUS magnet.
some this old are windows 98
a hopeless case there, no? no support, no books and no updates.
the books at HP are long gone
so now all books are , sold by horders. $$$
it can be costly and dangerous to deal with folks like that.

the book you lost , , the answer is on page 18
seen here
see coin, remove it and put in new one. end story.


Compaq Presario... | Answered on Jun 27, 2017

One thing at a time.
The real time clock is kept on time by a CMOS battery and if the battery goes flat, the time will be lost as will the CMOS data that tells the notebook that there is a hard drive installed.
Replace the CMOS battery first, set the time and date in the BIOS then let the BIOS detect the hard drive.
When the BIOS bit is happy, place a system disk in the DVD Drive and load a fresh OS.
Hope that helps, and have a nice Xmas.

Compaq Presario... | Answered on Dec 23, 2010

It sounds like you may have set up your network incorrectly, after previously using a dial up modem to connect online. Is that the case?'
If so, you will no longer connect using the dial up modem, but need to set up a new network connection for your new router (hardware).
At any rate, please review these HP support articles that may help you to troubleshoot the network setup and/or connection. See here, here, and here. You may find other articles that pertain to your notebook here.
You don't mention the specific router model you're using, nor which OS you're running, but I'll guess you still have xp, and suggest you also see the ms suppport articles to guide you through network setup and troubleshooting here. Another excellent resource to help you with network troubles is this website. You'lll have to look around there for what pertains to your particular setup....
Good luck.

I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.
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Compaq Presario... | Answered on Jun 07, 2010

its domnickr,
its so we can not install xp in model 1255 it will spoils your hard disk all you can install win98 ED 2 only..... so its wise not to try it and reinstall using win 98 install disk. if format is not possible do format using Fdisk command.
step 1 :enter dos floppy
restart ur lap enter from insulation option.
chance boot perority to floppy disk ie Shift +.
restart lap
enter fdisk in commant
format using instruction for any help mail at domnickr@yahoo.com

Compaq Presario... | Answered on Jun 07, 2010

here ..select the operation system and the model if it asks again ...(I already selected teh model but it may ask again)
after that download them one by one and store...beware if you do not have a connection choose to download the full versions cause sometime it just downloads the instant download initiation ...and that will not work when you will need them and not have yet the connection to teh internet ..

Compaq Presario... | Answered on Jun 03, 2010

old PC,, Cq series. cq62-nnnnn you left off the nnnnnn
cq62-100, 200 ,300 what?
running mS windows 8
HP does not support W8 on this PC so that means you are on your own steam... (you , it and microsoft 100%)
forget ACER this is not and ACER PC< at all, (totally different)

you could reload w8 , like you did before, now all that works
its login password issue,
can i presume the screens look ok W8login screens?
local login fails, not bios, and not windows live logins fails
that is right there are 3 tiers of logins.
admin , create a new account and use that
or do that and ask at MS how to copy date from dead account to new account, you never said once you had data.
if no data on pc, then reload 8, easy no?
the newer the OS the more hard it is to get data from that dead account( new permission rules, and hard to do) ask

best i can tell, lacking your full model number
teh CQ62-400 (newest) had only Windows 7
so how did w8 get there,
from whome, and what media.
and what install methods.
from MS CD? or MS ISO, or from ebay hackers disks/

here are the ways, (not data recovery)


Compaq Presario... | Answered on Sep 10, 2017

how'd you do 2012 post then 2017,
some one needs new clock battery , LOL

Compaq Presario... | Answered on Aug 30, 2017

check o see if your sound driver is compatible with new software operating system.

Compaq Presario... | Answered on Feb 28, 2016

Find your model number near the serial number. With that number go to the following link and enter it. This link is for HP's support website. You can find everything about your PC, replacement parts, Drivers, Manual.

HP Troubleshooting

Compaq Presario... | Answered on Jun 10, 2015

Please ask a question so we may help you.

Compaq Presario... | Answered on Feb 02, 2015

Oh dear you have broken this and will need to send it off to be fixed.

Compaq Presario... | Answered on Jan 20, 2015

Won't load in safe mode?? What's your operating system? Has the hard drive been formatted?

Compaq Presario... | Answered on Oct 02, 2014

1. Turn off your computer.
2. Press the power button to turn your computer on.
3. Hit F11 a few times quickly, while the launch screen is still up. This will launch the Recovery Manager. (If you see the Windows 7 boot logo, you've missed your chance and need to restart your computer and try again from step 2.)
4. On the left side it will say "I need help immediately". Underneath that there will be an option that says "System Recovery". Click on that.
5. There will be an option to either back up your files before restoring, or to recover without backing up your files. In my case, I'm recovering without backing up my files.
6. It will tell you to make sure all devices are disconnected from your computer. Make sure they are, and then click "OK".
7. There will be a "Welcome to the Recovery Manager" screen. Click "Next".
8. It will begin to reformat your partition and to reinstall the Windows 7 setup files. Once it's done doing that, click "Next". You'll be brought to a page saying "Recovery is Complete". After that all you need to do is reboot, and it will bring you through the wizard to set up Windows 7, just like on a new computer!
Good luck :)

Compaq Presario... | Answered on Aug 14, 2014

THIS IS NOT A PROBLEM THAT NEEDS to be asked on here as there are so many stolen laptops about ,ull need to go to a repair shop with proof of purchase or something that is on your system that only yourself could identify , to regain access to your laptop..

Compaq Presario... | Answered on Jun 12, 2014

Check the VGA driver when in safe mode.

Compaq Presario... | Answered on Jun 02, 2014

Try to reinstall windows formatting your Hard Drive... It seems to be an windows crash, or some software.

Compaq Presario... | Answered on May 14, 2014

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