Fwd: compaq's portable computer

From: Dave Dunfield <dave04a_at_dunfield.com>
Date: Mon May 3 19:00:01 2004

> 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, the Portable III is a 286 machine. I have pictures of mine posted on
my site if anyone wants to see one.

If anyone has the original setup disk for the Portable III, I would love to
get an image of it - the "generic" AT setup disks work in that you can configure
the drives and get it to boot, however Compaq apparently "rolled their own"
checksum algorithm, as once configured with any of the generic disks, it gets a
CMOS Checksum error.

dave04a (at)    Dave Dunfield
dunfield (dot)  Firmware development services & tools: www.dunfield.com
com             Vintage computing equipment collector.
Received on Mon May 03 2004 - 19:00:01 BST

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.0 : Fri Oct 10 2014 - 23:37:08 BST