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Compaq Contura Aero Frequently Asked Questions
Section - 3.1.2.2 ROMPaq versions

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[C] Run a "patch" ROMPaq only on the ROM upgrade that is was meant to patch
(ie. do a full upgrade and then run the patch).

[C] Among other problems that have been reported with this Nov ROM
(service pack from Dec 20, 1994, file sp1073.zip), I have found that the
battery indicator that I use under OS/2 does not work anymore, and that
Fn-F8 no longer works properly. I know there's problems under Linux as
well. As soon as I find the time I'm going back to the old one.

[C] ROM version 6. March 1994 is the first one which includes support for
booting from floppy. However, it is also best for running any operating system
other than DOS. In later versions many of the built-in features of Aero like a
few described in above quote, have dissapeared. Probably those are now
implemented as DOS drivers or something... I don't know. Here are a few
problems of version 7. June 1994 which have appeared under Linux:

     fn+F6 wont lock the machine,
     fn+F7 won't switch the power consuming mode properly: only screen light
     changes.

[C] These are the "ROMPAQS" available from www.compaq.com or ftp.compaq.com 
which have direct or indirect connection to the beloved Compaq Aero
computer.


SP1992.EXE  -- 375 K -- (05 July 96)
     System ROMPAQ for an Contura Aero dated 05/16/96.  This ROM is a patch 
     ROM and is derived from the 07/19/95 System ROM.  It resolves the 
     following issues: 
           - Properly restores the speed setting through a standby.   
           - Properly updates the RTC through a standby.   
           - Flushes the disk cache before entering standby.
           - Solves problems reclaiming upper memory blocks.   
           - Solves Int 14 test failures on extended stop bits.  
     SUPERCEDES: SP1487

sp1487.exe (24 April 95)
     Contura Aero System ROM (24 APR 95) This Compaq ROMPaq Firmware Upgrade
     diskette will upgrade a Contura Aero to a 7 Dec 1995 System ROM. One (1) 
     formatted 1.44 MB floppy disk is required to continue. Once the Compaq 
     ROMPaq Firmware diskette is created, please power down your Contura Aero,
     place the Rompaq in Drive A and power up the unit. Please ensure that you
     are connect to AC power, and DO NOT power off. Please view README.TXT 
     contained on this diskette for instruction on updating the Contura Aero 
     system ROM. 

sp1124.zip -- 633 K -- (07 March 95)
     Compaq ROMPaq Firmware Upgrade for the Contura Aero Ver. 011995. The
     Compaq ROMPaq diskette for the Contura Aero allows you to upgrade the
     Firmware for a Contura Aero to a January 19, 1995 System ROM. Please view
     SP1124.DOC contained on this diskette for instruction on updating the
     Contura Aero system ROM.

sp1073.zip -- 335 K -- (21 December 94)
     Compaq Aero User ROMPaq Upgrade Diskette Version 4S_110194 Rev A 720 KB
     Media After running SP1073, please view SP1073.DOC for help

sp0946.zip -- 1140 K -- (06 October 94)
     Portable ROMPaq Version 2.08 Rev A Firmware Upgrade Diskette For Elite,
     Lites, Contura 400, Contura 486, Concerto, Contura Aero P/n 181148-007 --
     Type SP0946 and view the SP0946.DOC file for help.

sp0896.zip -- 1104 K -- (30 August 94)
     Portable ROMPaq for Elite, Lites, Contura 486, Concerto, and Aero Firmware
     Upgrade Diskette Version 2.06 Rev A P/n 181148-006 -- Type SP0896 and view
     the README.TXT file for help.

sp0762.zip -- 311 K -- (20 April 94)
     Firmware Upgrade diskette for the Compaq Contura Aero. Version
     486S_0416.94 Revision A. P/N. 199283-002

sp0723.zip -- 343 K -- (10 March 94)
     Diskette for the Compaq Contura Aero Version 486S_0307.94 Revision A.
     PFirmware Upgrade part Number 190634-003 720-KB.


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