Sunday, 18 August 2019

Logitech TrackMan Portable Mouse T-CE3 - PS/2

This little beauty came with a laptop I recently won in eBay:

It clips on to the side of a compatible/suitable laptop and plugs in to the PS/2 port.

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Compaq Armada Series QuickRestore Recovery CDs

This came all the way from Israel today (vie eBay):

I didnt realise but it has both Windows 95 and Windows 98 restore options/CDs:

Can't wait to try them out!  I need to make a backup ISO image of them first so these can go away in to storage.

Friday, 16 August 2019

PCMCIA Card - Modem and BNC NIC

Today I recieved what looks like a pencil case in the post:

Turns out it's a case full of a few PCMCIA cards:

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Compaq Armada 7400

This turned up a few weeks back but I've only just had a chance to take a look at it.  It's a bit dirty, the hinge covers are damaged and there are a couple of screws missing.  It did however come with not one, but two power supplies which is a bit of luck as it's not a normal round connector but a square-ish one with 4 prongs inside it.

On connecting up one of the power supplies that came with this laptop I briefly saw the Compaq logo appear on the screen before it turned itself off.  Seems there is a loose connection as when I wiggled the power cable at the rear of the laptop it would let me power it on but as soon as I moved the cable slightly it powered off again - I'll have to take it apart and see if it's fixable at a later date.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Watch Display Box Case

As I purchased a rare Compaq Watch the other week I thought it best to look after it properly so this faux leather box/case turned up today:

Over time (pun intended) I wonder how many more Compaq Watches I will end up owning?

Iomega Zip 100 (MAC) No Power Supply

A bit of a strange one this as I won an Iomega ZIP 100MB drive on eBay with 3 ZIP disks (one is stuck in the drive) and a 1GB Jaz Disk.


I have a couple of Iomega USB drives with power supplies so I can power this up and try it out but I don't have a MAC so wont be able to read what's on the disks - unless there is a program you can use to read MAC formatted disks on a PC?  I'll have to take a look and see what I can do...

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Compaq Contura Aero 4/25 Untested Laptop no Power Adaptor

Another laptop has arrived from eBay at Argos Click and Collect:

It didn't come with a power supply so no idea if it works or not but the lid clip that holds it shut/down is not working properly and the screws that hold the laptop screen bezels together are visable and I would normally expect some round stickers to be covering them which suggests it may have been taken apart at some point so may not work at all, we shall have to see...



Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Compaq Contura 3/25 intel 80386SX

Just got around to opening up the Compaq Contura 3/25 I 'won' on eBay the other week to see if it works or not.  I got out my trusted universal power adaptor of the day, plugged it in, pressed the power button and hoped for the best!... and it powered on, booted and failed the POST due to the CMOS/BIOS battery being flat - no surprise really as this laptop is originally from 1992!

Time to take it apart to explore its innards:

Ooh! Is that a Hard Disk Drive I see hidden at the top right of the laptop under the silver piece of metal?  Lets find out...

Yes it is!

So, the reason it was sold on eBay as not working is due to the CMOS/BIOS battery being flat and not storing the HDD geometry settings so it doesn't think it has a hard disk inside (which it clearly does).

It doesn't take the standard CR2032 battery but a slightly larger CR2430 so I have ordered some from Amazon (Same-Day Delivery) so I should be able to get this up and running tomorrow so watch this space...

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Intel Spaceman Cleanroom Plush Figures 1997

Look what arrived in the post today!  Over 22 years old and still in fairly good nick :)

Monday, 4 March 2019

Compaq TC1000 Tablet and Windows XP Tablet Edition DVD 2005

Two separate deliveries ordered at different times both turned up today and they 100% complement each other...

The tablet didn't come with a hard disk drive (luckily I've been buying a few up on eBay just for times like this) so I needed the second item to be able to get the correct OS on it!

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Scanning 21 IDE Hard Disks For Errors

Today I have spent most of the day watching Doctor Who with Martha Jones as the companion whilst scanning 21 IDE hard disk drives I purchased off of eBay for errors and bad sectors:

  • 10 Dead or Alive But Clunking and Not Detected By Windows
  • 2 Alive and Just About Kicking But Had Some Bad Sectors
  • 9 Passed With Flying Colours!

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Compaq Presario R3000 and Compaq Presario C500

Todays car boot sale haul was just a couple of newer retro laptops:

As you'll see from the next photo, there is quite a bit missing from this laptop - but then it was only a fiver so worth it in case I need the keyboard or screen (assuming they work that is).

The next one, cost £15 because it apparently is in 100% good working order, once I find a power supply for it I shall see how true that is...

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Imation SuperDisk LS-120 USB 120MB Floppy Disk Drive

An Imation SuperDisk LS-120 Floppy Disk Drive arrived in the post today! Works perfectly in Windows XP but I can't find a driver that will make it work in Windows 10 which would be the icing on the cake!

Friday, 8 February 2019

2-Power BNOS Universal Power Adapters and CF to IDE Adapters

More shopping!!!

I shall use these Compact Flash to IDE adapters to replace the original hard disk drives that have come with some of the laptops I have purchased as I've a load of cheap CF cards I got from CEX and I'd rather they wore out than the original HDDs.

I store my laptops and power adapters (all labelled up to which laptop they belong) in two different boxes/tubs so these brand new old stock 2-Power Universal Laptop AC Adapters are going to save a lot of time messing about!

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Third Time Lucky - Car Boot Sale Swag

The last two times I went to have a look around a car boot sale all I got was a bacon roll each time!  Today however I had a cheeseburger and came back with this little lot:

Friday, 1 February 2019

Dell Latitude D800 - A Break From The Norm

Todays delivery is a break from the norm in the fact that this is a Dell laptop rather than a Compaq or HP one.

This one is not for keeps though, this is for me to refurbish and upgrade to sell on for some more funds to buy more Compaq equipment.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Compaq (HP) nc6220 (with faulty power adapter)

This arrived today:

There are a couple of scratches on the lid, but the keyboard and screen appear to be immaculate!  The power supply/adapter however, has not been stored properly and has been over-wound and damaged:

You can see the twists in the cable if you look in the top-left of the above photo and if you take a look at the bottom you can see the internal wires are beginning to show so this is too dangerous to even attempt to use.

As it only cost me £5 plus £8 delivery (and it was very well packaged) it's not the end of the world to buy a replacement adapter.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Faulty/Damaged Compaq Contura 3/25

The faulty/damaged Compaq Contura 3/25 that I purchased for a couple of quid on eBay the other day also arrived today.  Not had a chance to power it on yet with an adapter I already have but I can already see the screen is damaged so need to keep an eye out for one of those:

It was advertised as faulty/damaged so I just ordered it for spares/repairs should I (hopefully) get a working one in the future.

Maxis Collections (2) - SIM Farm, SIM Earth, A-Train and SIM City

I arrived home today to find a very heavy parcel that contained the following:

 Why so heavy I hear you say?!  Well it was because of these:

What are those I hear you cry?!  Well they are called Instruction Manuals - like a physical copy of a PDF you end up nowadays!

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