I have a Compaq Armada 1500 (specifically 1575D) laptop. When I turn it on it goes from 1 to 32768 KB (it scans the kilobytes of memory I think) OK then beeps 2 times and says 162-System Options Not Set. I replaced the BIOS battery. I need to get into the BIOS somehow right? How would I do that (some kind of key or a floppy)?


-166 MHz Pentium MMX

-3 1/4 GB HDD IBM Travelstar

-16MB of RAM (I believe)

-CD Drive doesn't open

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That machine is from 20 years ago.

Keyboard has nothing to do with memory. But the BIOS will recognize it.

Older machines like that usually used F10 to get into BIOS. Start and repeatedly press F10. See if BIOS loads.

You can use a bootable USB (Linux most likely) to see if you can start and then see the disk. Just starting will tell you things about what might be working.

Motherboard may have a problem. Disk may have a problem.

Memory can be tested with a bootable USB Key. memtest86.exe https://www.memtest86.com/

Please see this Wiki Article for information about this computer.

Compaq Wiki

If the machine will not start it may be dead.

  • Uh what do you mean? KB stands for kilobytes. Thanks for trying to help though. Wikipedia doesn't tell me much about my model and I read the manual for it. I'll try the USB stuff, but I don't think it can get there because the BIOS settings are not set. It won't let you continue without setting them. Jul 5, 2021 at 16:38
  • Post was not clear to me so yes KB abbreviation stands for Kilobytes (memory). See the machine starts from a bootable USB key or original CD. You need to start it and if it won't start, it may be dead.
    – John
    Jul 5, 2021 at 16:42
  • Okay I will try Jul 5, 2021 at 16:44
  • F1 does not work. Jul 5, 2021 at 17:32
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    The BIOS is stored on its own chip. That is normal.
    – John
    Jul 5, 2021 at 20:45

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