Fwd: compaq's portable computer

From: Joe R. <rigdonj_at_cfl.rr.com>
Date: Mon May 3 17:11:00 2004

   I think you're mixed up.

   I think the first one was the Portable (8088 w/ 256k, then the Portable
II (smaller but still 8088 and 640K) then the Portable 286 (286 CPU and
640k(?)), then the Portable III (the small lunchbox sized computer (I don't
remember if theese were 286s or 386SXs)) and then the Portable 386 (it had
a full fledged 386DX). FWIW I have a P-II sitting about five feet from me.

   FWIW I think the Portable 286 was probably the same size as the P-II. It
wasn't much smaller than the original Portable but I distinctly remember
Compaq saying that it was 40% smaller. Probably about 10% smaller in each
direction so ~40% smaller volume.


At 01:09 PM 5/3/04 -0700, you wrote:
>On Mon, 3 May 2004, Joe R. wrote:
>> IIRC they were 256k, 8088 CPU and dual DS disk drives and that was it.
>> The Portable II was 40% smaller and lighter and had 640k of RAM. I think a
>Between the original and the II, there was a "Portable 286", which was
>ALMOST the same as the original, but with a 80286 motherboard, etc.
>(The II was also 286)
>> hard drive was available in the P-II but I don't know if that was from the
>> factory or a third party job.
>but third party was fine - other than having a very limited list of "drive
>numbers", which didn't exactly match the IBM AT list, the hard drive could
>take ordinary 506/MFM drives.
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