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So I have this old Compaq Presario 4712 that I wanted to donate. I've tried to use it as a Linuxbox for learning but its 166MHz P1, 40MB RAM, and 2.1 GB HD were too limiting especially when I got to use an HP Pavillion 8565C for that instead. I figured I'd do a good deed and put Win95 back on the machine and donate it to someplace that wants it since it still works perfectly.

Compaq, however, has other plans.

I popped in the Quick Restore boot disk and its associated CD, went through a few "bla bla bla, all your documents will be destroyed, bla bla bla" messages until I was asked for my computer's serial number. No problem! So I type it in. Then Quick Restore scoffs, "HA! That's not a Compaq serial number! Try again you filthy pirate!" So I think, "Hmm, maybe that thing I though was a zero is actually the letter 'O'" and I try again. "HA! That's not a Compaq serial number! YOU'LL NEVER GET IN YOU FILTHY PIRATE!" So I try different combinations of the serial number with upper-case, lower-case, changing that '1' to a lower-case 'L', etc. but each time Quick Restore tells me it's invalid.

Google to the rescue!

Compaq Presario Quick Restore Problems
QuickRestore kits with the 242569-001 or 242569-002 boot diskettes will not accept valid CPU serial numbers.

Sure enough, my Quick Restore boot disk is 242569-001. So I try the solution on the page and type in

A:\ uiabomwr 028

and the computer reboots. I get back to the serial number screen and try typing in the serial number. "HA! You thought you could beat me! WRONG AGAIN!" So I try a bunch of variations like I did before and try using the solution on the above page many times. "BWAHAHAHAHA! YUO AER TEH LOSE!!!!!!111`` COMPAQ STRIKES AGAIN!"

Now I want to shoot somebody in the face. I've also decided that instead of donating this computer it's going to die a terrible death in the scrap heap.
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Find the old president of compaq, and throw it at his head. See how he likes the headach for a few hours.

*If lucky maybe a few days ;)*

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