An original Compaq "portable"

From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Wed Jan 8 12:22:00 2003

--- Joe <> wrote:
> At 08:10 PM 1/7/03 -0500, you wrote:
> >I have an original Compaq portable, that I had hoped to some day gut out
> and put in a "modern" motherboard
> That's been done. I THINK the guy that did has a website explaining
> the changes. The most difficult part was finding an AT compatible
> keyboard that fits the case. Compaq did make some (used in a 286 version
> of the Portable) but they're not easy to find.

I have both an original dual-floppy Portable and a 286 Portable II. I
was recently attempting to use the Portable II to drive my UP600A
device programmer, but the PSU isn't strong enough to power the CRT,
the hard disk *and* a box of linear ICs. When you flip the UP600A
on, the PSU in the Portable shuts down for a moment, then comes back on.
I didn't think that it would survive lots of that treatment, so I
turned my attentions to the Compaq SLT/286 that's doing just fine.

At one time, I, too, entertained putting a more modern motherboard in
a portable. Given the keyboard issues and the mono CRT, it just doesn't
seem worth the effort. Laptops aren't expensive anymore. I did notice
that the fellow who put a modern board in an SX-64 used a wireless
keyboard/mouse to get around the keyboard issue, but that means that
you have to lug around two parcels instead of one.


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Received on Wed Jan 08 2003 - 12:22:00 GMT

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