An original Compaq "portable"

From: Fred Cisin <>
Date: Wed Jan 8 13:53:01 2003

> --- "Feldman, Robert" <> wrote:
> > The keyboard used with an XT is different than that used with an AT and
> > above.

On Wed, 8 Jan 2003, Ethan Dicks wrote:
> I'll agree in the case of the Portable vs the Portable II, but for

Try the "PORTABLE 286".
It is the case configuration of the "portable", but is 286, and has an AT
compatible keyboard.

> some machines built during the transition, there were switchable
> keyboards that would work with either... I'm using one now. I've

But are you claiming that there were SWITCHABLE keyboards that would
physically fit the "PORTABLE" case?????

Your Keytronics will NOT fit and latch to the "PORTABLE" case.

Although admittedly, I never felt that the keyboard used by Compaq fit
properly. The length of travel of the latches was grossly inadequate for
the intended usage. A very mild bump at the wrong angle would pop the
keyboard off. Used to happen quite often to Compaq using yuppies on
airport escalators.

> had it for over 10 years. It came with an XT clone I bought off my
> old college roommate... Paid him $100 for the PC, then a year or two
> later, parted it out for $120 and kept the keyboard. Nothing remarkable
> about it, but it seems to have withstood years of Wolf3D/Doom/Quake
> with flying colors. The stamp on the bottom identifies it as a Key
> Tronic EP3435XTATE (the switches let you select XT, AT or "Enhanced")
> -ethan
Received on Wed Jan 08 2003 - 13:53:01 GMT

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