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shirkahn
April 27th, 2004, 12:55 AM
My little workhourse "Studley", a NEC PC-8500 laptop needs more memory. I know there was once a 64K expansion cart. that was available for it but locating one is becoming frustrating. Ebay, NEC, newsgroups have all yeilded ZIP.

By any chance does anyone know where to find one of these relics?

-ShirKahn

Terry Yager
April 27th, 2004, 04:26 AM
By any chance does anyone know where to find one of these relics?

-ShirKahn

No, but here is a place which claims to have a disk drive for it, for $20.00:

http://www.planetserver.net/nec-notebooks/inventory.html

(The memory you need is just a ramdisk, right? Any kind of mass storage would probably help in that case).

As I understand it, the 8500 has telecommunications software built in, (with X-Modem) doesn't it? Have you tried using a null-modem and jacking-in to a PC to store your files on the PC? That should be a fairly simple operation with X-Modem.

OTOH, you might want to consider picking up a Cambridge Computers Z88 instead. They can take up to 4Mb of ram, and they have a nice software suite built in. I haven't had mine for long, but I already consider it irreplacable. (I'm an old Tandy 102 die-hard, but the Z88 is now my weapon of choice).

--T

shirkahn
April 27th, 2004, 05:57 AM
Terry-

Thanks for the reply.

I had found that website a few months ago when I really started looking in ernest for this tastey vintage morsel. A dozen emails later still no reply though.

Your reply jogged my memory about it so in a fit of insanity I did a whois on the domain, and called the registrant- and what do you know- Voicemail! We'll see if I get a call back.

You are right that it does have a telcom program built in and thats how I upload my data to my network, as well as use it for a dumb terminal for the bathroom. My problem is that when I am writing on it, my rants tend to fill up the existing 32K rather quickly. As to the thought of swaping it out......Ney I say...over my cold dead badly scared hands will anyone take this micro-beasty from me nor will I reward its reliabiltiy by shelving it in favor of another. Besides, I haven't gotten my full $5 that paid out of it yet. :lol:

-ShirKahn