Data recovery on Toshiba T3100 laptop

From: Tore S Bekkedal <>
Date: Sat Jan 15 00:53:25 2005

Hello, cctech!

I recently recieved a call from a friend of a friend regarding a laptop
that has come into her posession after a coworker of her died. She was
doing some sort of environmental research, and all her work is stored on
this computer.

I tried taking the path of turning it on and just doing a copy that way.
No such luck - the plasma display has a garbled and not stable display -
text is garbled to the point that I can't read it, and it basically
looks like it's about to go straight to hell. It does boot from harddisk
- I feared that the plasma might be sensitive to power variations or
something like that, and thus tried getting the machine apart.

After struggling to get the harddrive in sight (the braindead (%(/%
&(/?/&%# engineers at Toshiba made the screen cable plug
non-detatchable!!) it has a strange plug and from what I can tell has
about 26 pins (I was counting on the ribbon, and I'm quite tired, so
that may be wrong) and the disk seems to be of JVC manufacture.

What does the plasma shakiness/garbledness mean?

What type is the disk? Can I get it out and use it on another machine,
or do i have to put the POS back together?

Is the floppy drive 1.44M?

Has anyone heard of an Ashton-Tate program called FrameWorks? If and
when I get the data off, I will need to convert this to a newer format -
what is it? Text processing? Database?

If I get the data off this machine, very cool things will come my way -
at least an LSI-11, and maybe a lot more!! *giggle like schoolgirl* So
any help is greatly appreciated!

Tore S Bekkedal <>
Received on Sat Jan 15 2005 - 00:53:25 GMT

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