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Saturday, 14 September 2019

Compaq LTE 5280 Laptop

Picked this up today for just £1!


As you can see it's rather dirty, but better than that - it's Year 2000 Compliant!

It's a lot cleaner on the inside but I'm not holding my breath that it works.


Despite the clean looking keyboard and screen, although it does power on, it doesn't POST and an LED of a tap is displayed indicating possible water damage.


Time to see what the battery and HDD are like (assuming there is a HDD or even a HDD caddy that is)...

The battery has some sort of speckly mess on it and peeking inside the laptop it does indeed look like it has a large amount of water damage.  Fortunately it hasn't spread to the HDD Caddy or indeed the HDD inside:


At least this can be used for Spares and Repairs as once the case has been cleaned up it's actually in very good condition, just needs a new motherboard and well, anything else that is inside!

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Toshiba Satellite 220CS

Today I was gifted a great little work-horse of a laptop, namely a Toshiba Satellite 220CS with an Intel Pentium 133MHz CPU, 16MB of RAM and 1.4GB Hard Disk Drive!


The reason it looks like a chunky old laptop is that is exactly what it is - but also, it is sitting on a Port Replicator which came with it:



What it didn't come with though, was any power supplies so neither the laptop or the port replicator can be tested... or can they?  Of course they can as I have an 'of the time' Universal Power Adaptor that has the required 15V connector so, will it power on?


Of course it does!  The only error is that the rechargeable CMOS battery is flat which is no surprise as it hasn't been powered on for a number of years.

F1 to continue... what OS will be on it?


Windows 98ME (Millenium Edition) - the Windows Vista of the 90's!!

Friday, 30 August 2019

Rare Compaq Presario 700 Laptop

You know a laptop isn't rare when a seller tells you it is!  This 'rare' Compaq Presario 700 Series laptop is so rare, that not only did I manage to pick up two of them from two different sellers, I purchased them on the same day!

One works, one doesn't.


Typical with an old laptop, the CMOS battery needs replacing as per the next screen:


On pressing F1 to Boot, Windows XP begins to load...


As this AMD based system only has 128MB of RAM, Windows XP is VERY slow to load...



Tuesday, 27 August 2019

WACOM Graphire Tablet (Slate Blue) ET-0405-R

Got this little beauty in the post today:



Not sure of the exact age of this device but from the enclosed manual it appears to be circa 2000, so could be up to 19 years old.

It's a serial device that also needs a PS/2 port for power (hence the PS/2 pass-through in the cable).

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Logitech TrackMan Portable Mouse T-CE3 - PS/2


This little beauty came with a laptop I recently won on 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.  I 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 - it 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, 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!






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