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Won a Toshiba T6600C on eBay.

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  • linemanduke
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    want.

    probably could double as a weapon. ive defended my self with an ibm p70 before. someone tried to steal my laptop bag and i beat them over the head with the p70.

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  • NeXT
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    I have seen and used one before. They are nice for 3.1 and (95 if you really want to push it) but I swear that the thing doubles as a weapon. You can kill someone with that thing it's so big and heavy.

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  • Terry Yager
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    Send it to me, John. I'll get 'er going again.

    --T

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  • barythrin
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    Cool system. I had a similar NEC system like that (almost seemed like a prototype but I dunno, could have just been previously dissected by another geek). Unfortunately I have it in pieces from a project 10 years ago (never put it back together like an idiot and probably can't by this point). Definitely cool advantage that it takes regular desktop parts though! Regular hard drive, regular SIMMs, I'm not sure if my friend and I were just being idiots (new) and trying to upgrade it to a 486 or if we had a standard pin 386 chip we were going to upgrade it with. I just remember it being a tad smaller than the chip we were going to put in it. Unfortunately I can't recall how much we new about systems and sockets at that time.

    Really wish I had it together though. Weighed a bit much to be lugging it around school with me once and a while but was a nice system for coding.

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  • EddieDX4
    started a topic Won a Toshiba T6600C on eBay.

    Won a Toshiba T6600C on eBay.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-Toshiba-...3A1|240%3A1318

    As some of you may know, these were a cross between desktop and laptops, but more leaning towards the desktop side (e.g. they didn't have battery but small PSU's). They all came standard with a 486DX2/66, 8mb of RAM (this one has 24mb installed), and a 510mb SCSI HD. From the description, it is possible the drive is out (sellers can always be so optimistic... "It probably just needs an OS"), but I'm not worried about it as it takes standard SCSI drives from the era, which I have a few laying round. They also had a pair of full length ISA slots and built-in SCSI, Microsoft Windows Sound System, and 1mb VRAM (640x480 on internal LCD, but up to 1024x768 @ 256 colors on external).

    There were 3 models of this "portable":
    T6600C
    T6600C/CD (this one, with a 2x CD-ROM drive)
    T6600C/CDV (same as CD model, but also included some ISA boards with video capture capabilities and 10BaseT Ethernet)

    Here's a link to a brochure I found online:

    http://resource.toshiba-europe.com/e...s/t6600c_e.pdf

    Although bigger and heavier than a laptop, it is still compact enough to allow for some good ol' DOS gaming anywhere around the house. As it stands, I usually have my 486 class machines in a closet and they don't get to come out very often... Too much space, and moving CRT's around can be a bitch.

    DOSBox just doesn't bring the whole experience...

    I have a feeling I'm going to enjoy this portable, a lot...
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