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NathanAllan
January 22nd, 2006, 09:02 PM
I found one today at the flea market and the guy wouldn't budge on the price. I can still go back and get it for $20, though, even though it doesn't have the power supply and he can't show me that it works. No major damage, just light scratches and kinda dirty.

Before I go and get this thing, a few questions:

Does it have a hdd? If not okay, just need to know.

What kind of power supply does it need? Volts/amps?

Once I get done with it, would anybody be interested in trading something for it? What I'll most likely do is fix it up, max it out and then trade it off. It might be too soon to ask that question. The guy couldn't even show me that it works or not. I'm willing to chance it, cause I can always get my money back in the form of a charitable donation to some museum somewhere(just a receipt for taxes).

I'm looking for specs...


/EDIT And what the heck is this??

http://www.premiopc.com/products/notebooks/kayproc/c1200/default.asp

Vlad
January 23rd, 2006, 05:06 AM
I'm thinking that link is either some one who doesint know what their doing, or Kaypro is back in action!

Wait, I looked up that company, that is no typo, it a kaypro all right. a PREMIO Kaypro C-1000 Laptop. MODERN laptop. complete with a Pentium M inside. Apperently there were various models of Premio Kaypro laptops. The company website didn't have any listed so it seems to have come and gone already..... I got stuff to do but will look into this farther later on....

-Vlad

NathanAllan
January 23rd, 2006, 06:10 AM
So there are now Kaypro C, L and R. CLR. I wonder if it will clean your sink? :roll:

Terry Yager
January 23rd, 2006, 09:17 AM
I'm thinking that link is either some one who doesint know what their doing, or Kaypro is back in action!

Wait, I looked up that company, that is no typo, it a kaypro all right. a PREMIO Kaypro C-1000 Laptop. MODERN laptop. complete with a Pentium M inside. Apperently there were various models of Premio Kaypro laptops. The company website didn't have any listed so it seems to have come and gone already..... I got stuff to do but will look into this farther later on....

-Vlad

Yes, the Kaypro name is back in action, for about the third time since the original company owned the name.

Andy Kay is still around, and still in the computer game, building custom systems "for the 21st century" under his current company's name Kay Computers.

http://www.kaycomputers.com/andy.html

--T

Terry Yager
January 23rd, 2006, 09:52 AM
I found one today at the flea market and the guy wouldn't budge on the price. I can still go back and get it for $20, though, even though it doesn't have the power supply and he can't show me that it works. No major damage, just light scratches and kinda dirty.

Before I go and get this thing, a few questions:

Does it have a hdd? If not okay, just need to know.

What kind of power supply does it need? Volts/amps?

Once I get done with it, would anybody be interested in trading something for it? What I'll most likely do is fix it up, max it out and then trade it off. It might be too soon to ask that question. The guy couldn't even show me that it works or not. I'm willing to chance it, cause I can always get my money back in the form of a charitable donation to some museum somewhere(just a receipt for taxes).

I'm looking for specs...


I guess the answer is yes, or no, depending on how you feel about Kaypros and/or vintage and/or ruggedized laptops. I consider myself a bit of a collector of all three, but I doubt if I'd pay $20.00 for one without the PS, and in unknown working condition, although they are pretty neat lil' machines. (In fact, I gave mine away cause I "lost" the power supply).
It doesn't have a hard drive, and no provision for adding one. There is only one 720K floppy, and again, no provision for adding a second, either internally or externally. In fact, the only expansion capability is via the expansion connector on the bottom, which sits on an expansion chassis that is the same size as the 2K, but about half as thick. The expansion chassis has one ISA slot, but even it is limited to video cards only.

IIRC, the processor is either an 8086 or a NEC V-20, and standard RAM was 256Kb, expandable to 512 max.

The power supply is 12v. and IIRC, around 1.8a. It has to charge some rather large gell-cell (lead/acid) batteries.

Further specs can be found on a number of webpages, which may be more informative than my weak memory.

You can print out a copy of this, and show it to the flea-market guy, as an "expert" opinion, and offer him ten dollars firm, as that is about all it's really worth in unknown condition.

--T

NathanAllan
January 23rd, 2006, 11:46 AM
That guy wouldn't go down on the price even five dollars when I offered it to him, so I guess he'll be lugging it around till he drops it or runs over it or something. I'm not gonna persue it any more. I have other projects brewing, anyway. Thanks for the info Terry.

Terry Yager
January 23rd, 2006, 01:11 PM
The kewl thing is that he could drop it & run over it, and probably not hurt it. They are pretty durable.

--T