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    Default Magitronic "Multimedia Notebook PC" Model 600

    Recently got this from my workplace for $5. As we were liquidating our inventory of various props, including several vintage laptops (they all went to happy new homes thankfully instead of being recycled), I noticed this one sported a Magitronic logo (mainly the reason why I got it as i have a Focus FK-2001 keyboard with the Magitronic logo on it).

    After a bit of effort, and using a trusty ASUS power adapter I had laying around, it came to life, and it has seen better days. Sports a 133MHz Pentium, 256k external cache, 8MB of memory, and a 2GB Toshiba HDD. The floppy drive has issues (won't read any floppies and will just error even though the indicator light shows it tries to read the disks), and the optical drive is stuck. Runs Windows 95 and probably manufactured by Compal. It has a generic model number of 600. Battery is a Duracell DR36 and still holds about 15 minutes of a charge.last

    For sound, it has an OPTi 930 with a Roland MPU-401 compatible chipset (it also has its own FM syntesizer for midi). Native resolution on the LCD is 800 x 600.

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    Last edited by [Chris]; June 2nd, 2020 at 09:51 PM.

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    "95 RAVER'S MEGAMIX" = dance club memories come flooding back.

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    Love collecting systems like this!

    The CD-ROM and floppy drives not working is a bummer, though with systems this old that's something to expect. Hopefully you can get those drives working, if not maybe replace them or just use external drives. Still, great find! (especially for so cheap, vintage laptops on sites like eBay are ridiculously expensive nowadays)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TH2002 View Post
    Love collecting systems like this!

    The CD-ROM and floppy drives not working is a bummer, though with systems this old that's something to expect. Hopefully you can get those drives working, if not maybe replace them or just use external drives. Still, great find! (especially for so cheap, vintage laptops on sites like eBay are ridiculously expensive nowadays)
    I just hope I can find a replacement LCD panel as this one has serious light bleed. I'm tempted to get the battery rebuilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [Chris] View Post
    I just hope I can find a replacement LCD panel as this one has serious light bleed. I'm tempted to get the battery rebuilt.
    Chris,

    As my signature says, I've got a lot of P1 laptops and parts stored in the basement. If you can, post the brand floppy and CD and I'll see if I have any spares in my hoard. Also, what size is the LCD? It looks to be a dual scan with the brightness/contrast cranked up too high, but most dual scan LCD's suffer from some form of visual quality. The best were the ones used by Alphatop, almost as good as TFT's, and some of the worse dual scan LCD's were the Panasonic's used by Chicony before they dropped out of making laptops.

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    Crazy old guy with a basement full of Pentium 1 laptops and parts

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltaDon View Post
    Chris,

    As my signature says, I've got a lot of P1 laptops and parts stored in the basement. If you can, post the brand floppy and CD and I'll see if I have any spares in my hoard. Also, what size is the LCD? It looks to be a dual scan with the brightness/contrast cranked up too high, but most dual scan LCD's suffer from some form of visual quality. The best were the ones used by Alphatop, almost as good as TFT's, and some of the worse dual scan LCD's were the Panasonic's used by Chicony before they dropped out of making laptops.

    Don
    I myself need a new CD-ROM drive for my Toshiba Tecra 500CDT (since all mine does is make concerning noises and fail to read any disks). Got a Toshiba XM-1402B?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TH2002 View Post
    Love collecting systems like this!

    The CD-ROM and floppy drives not working is a bummer, though with systems this old that's something to expect. Hopefully you can get those drives working, if not maybe replace them or just use external drives. Still, great find! (especially for so cheap, vintage laptops on sites like eBay are ridiculously expensive nowadays)
    Fixed the CD-ROM, I just needed to realign the lever responsible for the CD-ROM mechanism, that fixed it. The floppy drive needs a new belt.

    Quote Originally Posted by TH2002 View Post
    I myself need a new CD-ROM drive for my Toshiba Tecra 500CDT (since all mine does is make concerning noises and fail to read any disks). Got a Toshiba XM-1402B?
    The CD-ROM drive on the Magitronic is in fact a Toshiba XM-1402B. Has a DOM of June 1996

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    Quote Originally Posted by [Chris] View Post
    Fixed the CD-ROM, I just needed to realign the lever responsible for the CD-ROM mechanism, that fixed it. The floppy drive needs a new belt.

    The CD-ROM drive on the Magitronic is in fact a Toshiba XM-1402B. Has a DOM of June 1996
    Good to know you got the CD-ROM drive working and the floppy drive shouldn't be too difficult to fix. Also interesting that the CD-R drive is the exact same type as the one in my Tecra 500CDT, presumably the only difference being the bezel is a different color. Guessing Toshiba offered that drive model to other manufacturers as an off-the-shelf component.

    The XM-1402B in my Tecra 500CDT was working at first, now while it still spins it makes concerning noises and won't read any disks. Conveniently failed the same day I was going to reinstall Windows 95 on that computer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TH2002 View Post
    Good to know you got the CD-ROM drive working and the floppy drive shouldn't be too difficult to fix. Also interesting that the CD-R drive is the exact same type as the one in my Tecra 500CDT, presumably the only difference being the bezel is a different color. Guessing Toshiba offered that drive model to other manufacturers as an off-the-shelf component.

    The XM-1402B in my Tecra 500CDT was working at first, now while it still spins it makes concerning noises and won't read any disks. Conveniently failed the same day I was going to reinstall Windows 95 on that computer...
    The floppy drive on the other hand, I was surprised it was a belt drive unlike a direct drive i've seen on others. It's a Mitsumi D353F2. The belt was stretched out like no tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [Chris] View Post
    The floppy drive on the other hand, I was surprised it was a belt drive unlike a direct drive i've seen on others. It's a Mitsumi D353F2. The belt was stretched out like no tomorrow.
    That does happen with belt drives. Indeed surprising that it is a belt drive at all, by then most floppy drives (especially those in laptops) used direct drives.

    As for the LCD, what is the screen type? I've seen light bleed on many older laptop LCD's, for some reason a lot of IBM ThinkPads seem to have that issue as well. I even have a Compudyne laptop where the screen contrast changes based on the display's temperature... it uses FSTN, not sure if that issue is due to age or the type of screen used.

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