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Manuals and Texts about the Compaq Contura Aero
If you want to know what you can do against the slippery trackball, look into the aeros original manual, page 4.2 No. 8. Compaq tells you to take it out, clean it with water and treat the trackball-contacts with isopropanol. If that won't help - and it didn't help for longer than two hours with mine - you can buy some aero-trackball-cleaning kits online.
Or follow the AeroFAQ Doc. 18.104.22.168 and sand down the trackball with some fine sandpaper.
That helped. Really.
On this page I collected some documents that are still available for the old machine.
The Aero Frequently Asked Questions
The Aero F.A.Q. is a creation of Ekkehard Rohwedder and Philip Wilk who collected all relevant questions and solutions posted to the aero mailing-list.
Today the Aero F.A.Q. contains mostly all aspects of that laptop computer.
And because the descriptions don't come from one modestly paid technical writer but from real users, it's also fun to read.
Aero Online Help
The Aero was shipped with a Compaq Online Manual. A year ago compaq offered the english version of that manual for free download on its website. Because originally the manual came with a bundle of additional files, f.i. a sort of encyclopedia, there are some missing links.
There is also the german version available here, containing all files. I didn't see other language versions so far - perhaps someone knows where to find them?
The Aero came with these manuals:
The "Installation Guide" as pdf-file
Additionally Compaq offered a different manual to technicians for maintenance of the aero.
Compaq Contura Aero Family of Personal Computers Maintenance and Service Guide
12 Jul 2002 - Service Quick Reference Guide - Contura Aero
22 Apr 1998 - Service Quick Reference Guide - Contura Aero
Compaq PCMCIA Memory Optimization White Paper
Configuration for Banyan and the IBM PCMCIA 16/4 Token Ring Card
The CMOS-problem - if the aero won't boot
For information, documentations and howtos about installing linux on the aero look at my linux-pages.
Please take a look at the Compaq/HP-support-forum: They are answering additional questions - and maybe you can also help others.
Other sources with lots of information about the Compaq Contura Aero are collected in my page with links. There are also other projects on the internet with useful information, for instance repair4laptop.