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  1. ThinkPads can certainly be expensive sometimes. I...

    ThinkPads can certainly be expensive sometimes. I do see the more common ones (such as the 360, 750/755, 380, etc) go farily reasonable from time to time though. Just check eBay everyday and you'll...
  2. That is really cool! Love seeing old hardware and...

    That is really cool! Love seeing old hardware and software still in use. Windows 2000 rocks! :)
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    You can get a “plain” (non-Compaq branded)...

    You can get a “plain” (non-Compaq branded) version of 3.31. That’s what I run on my IBM 5150 with dual 60MB RLL hard drives. :)
  4. Yes, definitely caps. That's a damn nice monitor...

    Yes, definitely caps. That's a damn nice monitor too, so it's definitely worth fixing.
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    I use DOS 3.30 or 3.31 on my XTs. For me, it has...

    I use DOS 3.30 or 3.31 on my XTs. For me, it has the best balance of authenticity and functionality.

    But, as others have said, you can really use about any version you want.
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    Really cool system! I really like that pic of the...

    Really cool system! I really like that pic of the complete setup in the OP with the telephone option! I also really dig that they have Windows 1.x running on it. :)
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    The other TravelMate I got did indeed have...

    The other TravelMate I got did indeed have another 2MB of RAM, so mine now has the full 6MB!

    Here's a pic of the ram sockets all full:


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    And I now have other spares like an extra...
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    Okay, so here's what the power connector looks...

    Okay, so here's what the power connector looks like:

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    Pretty happy with it. The empty cutout for the modem was perfect, as I didn't have to modify the case in any way. And I was very...
  9. Highly unlikely. You would have to literally...

    Highly unlikely. You would have to literally create a custom IDE interface for the laptop. It could probably be done, but it’d be a lot of work.

    But, the SupersPORT is great, and I think a...
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    Got the power supply mod all done. Works great....

    Got the power supply mod all done. Works great. Now I’m changing some of the caps in the laptop as preventative maintenance. I don’t have them all on hand but I have most. I’ll order the rest...
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    This drive draws 640mA (it's printed on the...

    This drive draws 640mA (it's printed on the label). I'm sure a CF card is significantly less, but I think the power circuitry will be fine, especially if I change out the old caps.

    Some of them...
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    The next step for this laptop is to create a...

    The next step for this laptop is to create a proper power supply for it, because using this ATX PSU is a pain.

    I’m going to install a regular barrel power connector in the empty spot where the...
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    Haha, I can’t quite do that. :) That’s...

    Haha, I can’t quite do that. :)

    That’s interesting. Didn’t know there were devices that did that.
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    Yeah, that sound is something I really like for...

    Yeah, that sound is something I really like for sure. And yes, you’d usually know long in advance before these drives failed, as you could hear them making odd sounds. Nowadays you don’t hear...
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    It is a really cool laptop for sure! That slot is...

    It is a really cool laptop for sure! That slot is for a proprietary RAM expansion card, although it does look like a PCMCIA slot.

    I have nothing against modern, solid-state solutions for hard...
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    TI TravelMate 3000 restoration

    After getting the TravelMate LT 286/12 and seeing how good of a laptop it was, I decided to get one of the newer ones that I have casually wanted for many years and see if it they are any good or...
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    Thanks! Yes, I use interlnk and intersvr all the...

    Thanks! Yes, I use interlnk and intersvr all the time as well. It’s really cool for machines that don’t have hard drives, as you can link it to another PC and use its hard drive as if it were in the...
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    rimmeruk, There was one cracked tantalum cap...

    rimmeruk,

    There was one cracked tantalum cap on the 1200’s PSU board I replaced and I did check the other and it seemed fine, but maybe it isn’t.


    And yes, I agree that things can get...
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    The TravelMate is now fully working! Got the hard...

    The TravelMate is now fully working! Got the hard drive all reassembled/installed and it works great.


    Here it is running Windows/286:


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    And here is DeskMate running on it as well:
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    Also, all six were from different purchases. I...

    Also, all six were from different purchases. I didn't buy them in a lot from the same place or anything. Sorry if I didn't make that clear.
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    Some of them have had the hard drives replaced...

    Some of them have had the hard drives replaced and memory upgraded, but beyond that, they don’t appear to have had much else done to them. These machines don’t break much even at 30-plus-years of...
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    That's interesting about the post codes. Didn't...

    That's interesting about the post codes. Didn't know the Toshibas had that. I knew machines like the IBM PS/2 did though. And yes, I replaced ALL of the capacitors with brand-new, name-brand...
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    I stand by what I said above. I have bought 2...

    I stand by what I said above. I have bought 2 completely different models (T1200 and T1000LE), recapped them and still dead with the “blinking red light of doom” that these Toshibas get. And yes, I...
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    Hah, I typed “Compaq” unit, when I meant to type...

    Hah, I typed “Compaq” unit, when I meant to type “compact.”


    Well, I’ve determined that the original hard drive is toast. Lots of bad sectors and it seems to be getting worse. It still won’t boot...
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    Well I was finally able to get laplink working...

    Well I was finally able to get laplink working through serial, which allowed me to copy FastWire II (which is the transfer utility I use) so I could use parallel instead of serial, which was kind of...
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