An original Compaq "portable"

From: Fred Cisin <>
Date: Wed Jan 8 13:20:24 2003

On Wed, 8 Jan 2003, Ron Hudson wrote:
> > 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.
> Wouldn't a keyboard adapter work? Use the keyboard you got and just
> adapt it to the motherboard.

If you mean a cable adapter, NO WAY.
On the other hand, you COULD remount the circuitry of an AT keyboard into
a Compaq keyboard case, or make a box to go inline that would take the
signals from the XT keyboard, and emulate the signals of an AT keyboard.
Well, Tony could do it. If I had to do it, I'd probably use a PC
(probably a Compaq) to do the task.

The original Compaq "Portable 286" is basically the same case
configuration as the original "Portable". Why not just start with it?
It has the right keyboard, and is trivial to switch over.
And they are cheaper than the original, since they are not yet
"collector's items". (I sold a few for $10 each).

Grumpy Ol' Fred
Received on Wed Jan 08 2003 - 13:20:24 GMT

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