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ziloo
July 26th, 2007, 09:12 AM
What is your recommendation for a 486 laptop that I should look around for.
I need a system that is durable, bright screen, available peripherals... Should
I expand my range to include Pentium as well? I intend to use it mainly for
running DOS applications.

Thank you

ziloo

IBMMuseum
July 26th, 2007, 10:36 AM
What is your recommendation for a 486 laptop that I should look around for.
I need a system that is durable, bright screen, available peripherals... Should
I expand my range to include Pentium as well? I intend to use it mainly for
running DOS applications.

The ThinkPad 750 series has varied levels of 486 CPUs with most parts interchangable and is fairly common...

Terry Yager
July 27th, 2007, 10:04 AM
My main DOS lapper is a Zenith Z-Note Flex 486@75MHz, 24Mb RAM, 800Mb HDD. The ThinkPads are always a good choice too.

--T

NathanAllan
July 27th, 2007, 08:06 PM
I have three Toshiba Satellites that have not failed me yet. One, I have had close to eight years and it still runs as well as the day I got it. I hauled that one around for about two years (Satellite, 75mhz Pentium) and it's even been dropped a couple of times and it still keeps going. For dos it's my champ.

Nathan

Mike Chambers
July 27th, 2007, 09:28 PM
not sure if you're interested, but i have a toshiba satellite 2535 cds. it's a pentium 1 @ 300 mhz.

only problem is the screen doesnt stand on it's own. yes i know, that's kind of a major issue. lol. other than that, works just perfectly. not sure if the HD is good, it's been a long time since i've used it. but last i tried, it booted up and was running debian nicely. still has about 30-45 minute battery life on full charge.

ziloo
July 28th, 2007, 02:32 AM
Thank you all for your comments!!

Now, what would be a reasonable price for a 486/Pentium I Laptop system with
AC adapter, working battery, HDD?

ziloo

Terry Yager
July 28th, 2007, 08:19 AM
I wouldn't pay over $25 - 30.00 for a 486 or low-end Pentium, unless there were something really special about it, in which case, I might go as high as $50-or-so (but then, I am a cheapskate).
As for working batteries with something that old, consider it a bonus if you find any. I've been pretty luck so far in that area, purchasing lappies with 'untested' batteries which turned out to be pretty good sometimes. If the seller has tested and knows the condition of the batt, expect to pay a little more for it (of course).

--T

NathanAllan
July 28th, 2007, 01:26 PM
Shop around but don't be too off about paying more. You get what you pay for, and with a battery and ps equipped working-well laptop, I'd say around $80-100. I paid $80 shipped for the 75mhz, but it had a good battery and charger AND it still is working. The slackware laptop I paid about $120 in all, and it still works too. Pent, 166mhz, 96mb ram, Satellite pro. About these satellites, the batteries are rebuildable. They have packs of AA's, nothing at all special about them. Just best to reuse the plastic from an original batt so you can get the contacts and so it fits well. I'm a bit of a cheapskate, too, and these prices are spread over a pretty long time (two months for the $120, a month for the $80 one).

Nathan

Mad-Mike
July 28th, 2007, 05:12 PM
The ThinkPad 750 series has varied levels of 486 CPUs with most parts interchangable and is fairly common...

I'll be another to chime in on the vote for the IBM Thinkpad. I've owned a Thinkpad 755CD for the past year and a half now, and it, along side my modern Everex, have been the best laptops I've owned.

The 755 comes in both 486 and Pentium 75 configurations, and you can buy new/refurbished Li-Ion batteries for them (and that is not a mistype). I get an average of 2-3 hours out of the 755 off batteries. Also, even the new multi-purpose Laptop power supplies fit it (I have a $100.00 I-Go). The replacement parts on E-bay are dirty cheap in most cases, and I run mine under Windows 98 SE, and it has never crashed once.

Other good ones include the Twinhead SlimNote II 433DX/S, and the AT&T Safari 3151.

Terry Yager
July 28th, 2007, 05:16 PM
Heh! I just (finally) picked up a (semi-functional) Safari last week. Any klew why it shows no video? (It's been a long time since I've been inside of one).

--T

Druid6900
July 28th, 2007, 07:45 PM
I guess you'll just have to wait until you get your logic analyzer, won't you? LMAO

Terry Yager
July 28th, 2007, 08:36 PM
Z,

This may be the deal of the week. Just thought I'd call your attention to it...(I realize the battery is NFG, but the rest of the rig seems to be a pretty good deal, for the BIN price)...

http://cgi.ebay.com/Gateway-Solo-2000-model-solo-2200-Complete-Working_W0QQitemZ130138712404QQihZ003QQcategoryZ17 7QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

--T

Terry Yager
July 28th, 2007, 08:53 PM
I guess you'll just have to wait until you get your logic analyzer, won't you? LMAO
I doubt that the ol' K-II will be up to the task of keeping-up with even a low-end '486. It's role in life from now on will be (mainly) to sit around looking pretty, and to totally pwn all the n00bs that have occaision to view it's awesomeness .

--T

Druid6900
July 29th, 2007, 10:41 AM
Hey T,

Maybe you should just set up a shrine to it and let people make pilgrimages to it to bathe in it's splendour. Alternately, you could wear a hat if you're going to be out in the sun a lot :)

ziloo
July 29th, 2007, 10:54 AM
This may be the deal of the week....

Thank you for the heads-up Terry!

ziloo

Mad-Mike
July 29th, 2007, 01:57 PM
Heh! I just (finally) picked up a (semi-functional) Safari last week. Any klew why it shows no video? (It's been a long time since I've been inside of one).

--T

The Ribbon cable might be loose, I had that problem with my 3151 when I first got it. That was probably the best of the "Old Creeping Net" (pre DSL) laptops I've owned.

Smitty
August 8th, 2007, 06:03 PM
I have three Toshiba Satellites that have not failed me yet. One, I have had close to eight years and it still runs as well as the day I got it. I hauled that one around for about two years (Satellite, 75mhz Pentium) and it's even been dropped a couple of times and it still keeps going. For dos it's my champ.

Nathan
I recently acquired one of those as a freebe. It looks like it's been through hell. It even has a crack in the case but it works just fine. This is the first laptop I've ever owned so I don't know jack about hardware for these things. Would it be hard to come by an ethernet adapter for it? Also, would it be possible to lose the floppy drive in favor of a cd-rom?

NathanAllan
August 9th, 2007, 05:48 AM
I recently acquired one of those as a freebe. It looks like it's been through hell. It even has a crack in the case but it works just fine. This is the first laptop I've ever owned so I don't know jack about hardware for these things. Would it be hard to come by an ethernet adapter for it? Also, would it be possible to lose the floppy drive in favor of a cd-rom?

You can use any 16-bit card in it, not a problem. If it says cardbus(32-bit), it can't be used, though. It was only that picky, iirc. They're out there to be had, for sure. If you have the same model as mine, the floppy drive is hard-wired in the case and it can't be swapped out. Looks like it could be, but it's mounted to the motherboard that way. I used to use an external backpack cd-rom and it worked great. What's the model number? 100 or 110?

Nathan

Smitty
August 9th, 2007, 06:59 AM
Thanks for the info :) It's a T2105. I'll have to call down to the one shop I deal with. They have tons of parts but very little vintage items. He always laughs when I walk in looking for something 15+ years old. It wouldn't surprise me if he has an ethernet card for it though. Infact, I think I'll call down there right now...lol

EDIT: They do have a 3com Etherlink III 3c589D. I was able to find the driver so I'm going to run down there tomorrow after work and pick it up.

NathanAllan
August 10th, 2007, 11:11 PM
I remember going to this store in Lebanon, TN, and he thought the same of me. Though, oddly enough, he had everything I needed when I went in looking for old parts.

nathan

Smitty
August 13th, 2007, 05:29 AM
Yeah, this guy does most of his business on eBay but he still keeps a normal store front open. I picked up that nic and it works great in windoze 95 :cool: