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So i have a spare computer, (the one im currently using) its an older Compaq running an amd 2000+. It had 256mb of ram, so i slapped another 256 stick in to make 512... now heres the problem or confusion for me. BIO's said Compaq in bold red letters with a black background before the upgrade, now i noticed its blue background, white letters and has a big HP logo with the words "Invent" below indicating its now an HP... i know Compaq merged into HP years ago, but its always had Compaq bio's until today when i slapped in that extra ram stick. It all seems to work fine still though so im confused.
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That's odd. Are you sure the BIOS wasn't changed? What's the actual PC brand and model name/number?

If you remove the RAM, does it revert to how it was?
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That's odd. Are you sure the BIOS wasn't changed? What's the actual PC brand and model name/number?
If you remove the RAM, does it revert to how it was?

its a Compaq says it right on the side of the computer, and has had a Compaq bio's since it was bought. and no when ram is removed it doesn't go back to Compaq bios. No way bio's was changed i opened case, slapped in ram, rebooted and it had HP bio's this time. its a Compaq presario s4020wm
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any ideas?
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Why do you need it to say Compaq? Just stick with HP.
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Why do you need it to say Compaq? Just stick with HP.

its not a problem, i could care less, i just want to know why it says HP now... when it was a compaq before. ive never seen that happen before.
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Maybe you had done a BIOS update in the past that did not fully apply till now?
Did you reset the BIOS when you installed the RAM?

It is weird though.
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Could be that the same motherboard is used in both Compaq and HP branded PC's and the BIOS is the same for both and just switches the branding based on the amount of RAM installed.

It probably is based on Compaq being the lower end PC's with less RAM, and the HP PC's have more RAM installed by default.

It would be a pretty cheap way of mass-producing desktops and/or lowering cost of repairs.
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Maybe you had done a BIOS update in the past that did not fully apply till now?
Did you reset the BIOS when you installed the RAM?
It is weird though.

nah has the stock bio's from the factory, never has been attempted to be flashed. I didn't reset the bio's at all, just slaped in another ram stick and now its an HP lol
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Maybe you had done a BIOS update in the past that did not fully apply till now?
Did you reset the BIOS when you installed the RAM?
It is weird though.

nah has the stock bio's from the factory, never has been attempted to be flashed. I didn't reset the bio's at all, just slaped in another ram stick and now its an HP lol
Take out a stick and see if it reverts back to Compaq.
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