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  1. While working on a personal project, I've...

    While working on a personal project, I've experienced the quandry of economy of scale. As an individual parting together one or two products, my cost for just a few components is way more than a...
  2. Would you consider using a CF card to IDE adapter...

    Would you consider using a CF card to IDE adapter and run a Compact Flash instead?

    Another place to look for older drives is computer recycling places. Some will set aside vintage hardware they...
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    Isn't there a way to test RAM by piggy backing a...

    Isn't there a way to test RAM by piggy backing a good IC on top another IC?
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    I also think you're stuck with using 720k...

    I also think you're stuck with using 720k floppies. The Portable II had a later ROM revision that allowed 1.44 floppies.
  5. I was thinking a mid-80's Plymouth Grand Fury...

    I was thinking a mid-80's Plymouth Grand Fury would be a great host. A former co-worker bought his at a police auction and thought it was the best built car he ever owned.
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    Requiring a software program to set the BIOS was...

    Requiring a software program to set the BIOS was a long running Compaq thing. In 1998 their desktops had a second boot partition on their hard drive that housed the BIOs program. If a hard drive...
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    Forgot all about the battery on rtc chip. I...

    Forgot all about the battery on rtc chip.

    I sort of remember the hdd having it;'s own controller that sat on two connectors on the motherboard. It was held on by a screw or two. You might want...
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    I recall something about the battery having to be...

    I recall something about the battery having to be plugged in. I wonder if the pc was getting enough current at bootup with out the battery? The power board by the battery was problematic, and I...
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    Personal opinion, the built in pc concept is a...

    Personal opinion, the built in pc concept is a very clean approach - no pesky wires running down the back or across the desk. It also stows away when not in use.

    I haven't seen anything that...
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    Back in 2007 a co-worker showed me a site that...

    Back in 2007 a co-worker showed me a site that sold either new in box or refurbs of old Epson portables made in the 80's. The pc's had narrow LCD's that showed 4 or 5 lines of text, and had a built...
  11. I'm trying to imagine what troubles retro...

    I'm trying to imagine what troubles retro software users will run into when dealing with software that likes to "call home" in order to keep functioning. I imagine a proxy or dummy service could be...
  12. Yes you can substitute a same value cap with one...

    Yes you can substitute a same value cap with one with a higher voltage.
  13. Brings back memories. IIRC the batteries were by...

    Brings back memories. IIRC the batteries were by the status led's and the brightness/ contrast controls.
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    Not really familiar with the desktop...

    Not really familiar with the desktop configurations, however in the laptop models the -2 and -4 referred to the hard drive size (20mb and 40mb respectively.)
  15. I'm running DR DOS 7 on my Portable II

    I'm running DR DOS 7 on my Portable II
  16. Is that the model that had a clip in front to...

    Is that the model that had a clip in front to keep it closed? You made me have to think about that one. IIRC that was one we co-designed or outsourced Goldstar to build. They were not as robust...
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    Halt and Catch Fire features several vintage...

    Halt and Catch Fire features several vintage systems, mainly C-64's (Mutiny is the fictional equivalent to Playnet/ Quantumlink/ early AOL.) I noticed this season there's a Compaq Portable II on...
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    I recall about 12 or so years ago IBM was...

    I recall about 12 or so years ago IBM was pitching linux pretty hard. That's when I recognized they were becoming a service company.
  19. You might be able to find a used Shuttle SN41g2...

    You might be able to find a used Shuttle SN41g2 or a sff of that vintage with a floppy connector.
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    This is an off-topic discussion, so it's in the...

    This is an off-topic discussion, so it's in the right place. The best way to understand one another involves asking and answering questions and keeping an open mind. I think we can come to an...
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    I had a supervisor who suspected we techs that...

    I had a supervisor who suspected we techs that worked for him were stealing items from the parts issue area for our personal use. He used to casually stop by and talk to us at lunch, and ask what...
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    I have a Portable II that came with a...

    I have a Portable II that came with a non-functioning 20mb hard drive mounted on an ISA card. Oldest drive I had available was a 1990-ish 426mb drive, and I got it working with a dynamic drive...
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    (knock, knock) "Candygram!"

    (knock, knock) "Candygram!"
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    There's nothing more annoying than a computer...

    There's nothing more annoying than a computer that is intended to be used in a non-networked role constantly bothering you because it wants to phone home, or questions it's authenticity because it...
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    Good point. There are exceptions where it is...

    Good point. There are exceptions where it is cheaper to maintain than replace. The other day one of the electricians in the maintenance department asked me if we had any Win2k install disks sitting...
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