Compaq Deskpro EN C300A

Exhibit 006

ModelDeskpro EN C300A
Date of production1998
Date added to collectionJan 2023


Compaq’s Deskpro series was targeted towards business users, and that’s especially true with this computer. This machine has a very compact footprint, it looks especially tiny with a 17″ CRT monitor sitting on top, as pictured below. This “no frills” desktop has a 3.5″ floppy disk drive, no optical drive installed (although there is a knockout for one), and 2x PCI expansion slots. There is also a built-in speaker which fits in with a business application where the user would not have external speakers.

Date of Release: The Celeron 300A CPU was included in an Intel News Release dated Aug 24 1998. Since the badge on this computer reflects Windows 95 (vs Win98), we assume this machine was likely released to market in the 2nd half of 1998.


MotherboardCompaq DeskPro EN SFF
CPUIntel Celeron 300A (Slot 1)
HDD (original)Western Digital Caviar 13200 3.2GB (EIDE)
FDD3.5″ 1.44 MB
Video cardATI Rage Pro Turbo AGP 2X with 4 MB SGRAM (onboard) (expandable to 8 MB)
Sound cardCompaq Premier Sound (onboard)
DisplayCompaq S700 PE1120 17″ (CRT)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows NT 4.0 Workstation



NT 4.0 Installation

Follow along as we figure out the best way to install NT 4.0 Workstation on a system with no optical drive.

First power on

Our first power on after acquiring the Deskpro and thoughts about future plans.


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