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    Thought I'd share some pictures of my latest aquisition: a Victor V86P laptop. This is the same model system as my first laptop, acquired at a computer auction in the UK back in 1994 (or there abouts). It's not quite the same model - mine was missing all the labels, so I had no idea of make or model, and was the dual-floppy version, rather than the one with one floppy and a hard disk. But it's a piece of my personal computing history, so I'm very glad to have found it.

    It's currently very much a work in progress, given the seller didn't have a PSU for it and was selling it untested. So far, I've been able to give it a little attention and it seems to have a problematic (I suspect stuck) hard disk, but otherwise looks to be alright. The proof in the pudding will be once I write a DOS boot floppy and actually try and get it booted (not difficult in itself, I just need to find a spare 5 minutes, which is easier said than done at the moment).

    There's not a lot of info about this machine out there: http://www.actsirius1.co.uk/pages/v86p.htm has some good information, although their PSU pinout isn't entirely right (pin1 isn't Gnd, and Pin 4 connects directly through to Battery +ve). There's a thread over here about the same system which was quite useful. although it mostly focuses on getting the CGA output onto a modern display.

    Is there anyone else here with one of these machines? Might be worth throwing a wiki page up there somewhere with collected information about the system, etc.

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    I'm trying to document as much as possible on my website - I'll try and throw a wiki up when I get time so I can link in datasheets for the chipset, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattinx View Post
    I'm trying to document as much as possible on my website - I'll try and throw a wiki up when I get time so I can link in datasheets for the chipset, etc.
    The Chips and Technologies F82C100 chipset looks very interesting. I looked through the datasheet, but unfortunately it doesn't offer some details. It would be interesting to see a high resolution picture of the V86P motherboard.

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