OT: Toshiba T4400C laptop questions

From: Christian Fandt <cfandt_at_netsync.net>
Date: Wed Jul 28 20:50:09 1999

Upon the date 02:38 PM 7/28/99 -0700, Fred Cisin (XenoSoft) said something
>On Wed, 28 Jul 1999, Christian Fandt wrote:
>> Has anybody installed a CDROM and sound card set into their Desk Station IV
>> and gotten it running okay under W95?
>> Has anyone even installed W95 onto their T4400C? Results?
>This may not be any help.
>A friend has a T4800??. I found 3 Docking Station IVs. The manual for
>the DSIV talks about floppy drive, NO mention of CD-ROM. I installed an
>Adaptec SCSI controller and a Toshiba SCSI CD-ROM into one. It worked.
>Month or so later, it stopped working, even to the extent of not providing
>power to the computer. I switched the SCSI card and drive to another
>DSIV. Then it stopped working. Removing the drive and card did not
>restore the DSIV. When I can get to it again, I'll have to see whether
>I've maybe destroyed the power supplies? I have one more DSIV left. I'll
>at least wait until I diagnose the damaged ones before messing with the
>sole survivor.

The power supply suspicion you have may be on the right track. Check your
manual for the permitted loads that the DSIV is able to provide. There is a
chart on a right hand page of that manual -I can't recall exactly where but
you'll find it I'm sure. Then try to find the SCSI card and the drive
current requirements. If the current drawn by the card and drive combined
was just a bit over the max the PSU could provide then this could explain
the PSU's in both DSIV's slowly kicking the bucket. The SCSI parts may have
overloaded the DSIV PSU. I can't check the book myself as my uncle took the
system back home with him to Ohio. Nevertheless, I promised I would try to
investigate the W95/CDROM-recognition problem with you folks.

Must be DSIV's are a bit common. My uncle found his at one of the Dayton,
Ohio area computer shows a little over a year ago. New in the box and cost $25.

Regards, Chris
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