Why are all of my TRS-80 Model 200 portables dead?

From: Roger Merchberger <zmerch_at_30below.com>
Date: Fri Oct 15 20:06:22 2004

Rumor has it that steven may have mentioned these words:

>I have *five* Model 200s now, and not a single one
>works, but I have just as many Model 100s, and every
>single one works.

Yea, the design sucks, and you should just send each and every one of them
to me for the cost of shipping.



OK, not really. However, define "Dead" and what you did to test it.

Also, keep in mind that:

1) If the internal nicads have never been replaced, they're 20 years old,
and are prolly due for replacement. It's not difficult, and you can get new
ones from Rick Hanson at www.club100.org - he's been supporting Model 'T's
for over 20 years, and a great guy - he deserves your business! ;-)

2) As the 200 uses a softswitch thru software to run the power, it gives it
a few extra capabilities, but also an extra problem - if the computer gets
into an unknown state, that can cause it from powering up. Turn off the
memory switch, remove the batteries and make sure it's unplugged from the
wall overnite, then reinstall batteries and/or plug in a wall-wart, wait at
least a minute (3-5 is better) then hit the power switch. If nothing
happens, see #1 above. ;-)

If you're unsure of your abilities to replace the internal battery[1], I'd
be happy to do it for you for shipping both ways and a nominal fee, which
would include the new battery.

>Is this just bad luck, or is there something defective
>about the design?

Any laptop that can make it 20 years can't suffer from a bad design.
However, it's known by all in the Model 'T' circles that the Model 100 &
102 are a little more "bulletproof" due to the simpler design. ;-)

Roger "Merch" Merchberger

[1] Certainly no slight was meant, but some people here are inherently
software d00dz, and some are hardware d00dz. If you're not a hardware
d00dz, I'd be happy to help out; I've replace almost a dozen of these in
100's, 102's and 200's over the last 4-5 years.

Roger "Merch" Merchberger   | "Bugs of a feather flock together."
sysadmin, Iceberg Computers |           Russell Nelson
zmerch_at_30below.com          |
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