2.5" floppy -- from what gear?

From: Scott Stevens <chenmel_at_earthlink.net>
Date: Thu Jan 20 17:14:37 2005

On Thu, 20 Jan 2005 13:17:40 -0800 (PST)
Vintage Computer Festival <vcf_at_siconic.com> wrote:

> On Thu, 20 Jan 2005, Steve Jones wrote:
> > There's a 2.5" Panasonic floppy drive that's popped up on
> > ePay today. What commercial gear shipped with 2.5" floppies?
> > Ignoring the question of media, do these things have standard
> > connections for the interface?
> The Zenith MiniSport. We were discussing this a couple weeks back.
> http://incolor.inebraska.com/bill_r/zenith_minisport_laptop_computer.htm

I have a Zenith Minisport that I got at auction a few months ago. They
always sell the laptops first at the IUPUI auction and I guess I have a
reputation as a botton-feeder when it comes to old computer stuff. The
auctioneer held it out, the last laptop of the day, and tried to get a
few bids. Nothing at all. He said 'One Dollar' and handed it to me. I
am glad that I've gotten them trained at that particular auction

Mine has no power supply, and the 2-1/2" disk is jammed in it, and won't
eject. I have another Minisport already with no diskette that also has
no power supply. Is it normal for the disk to just retract when you
push the button? That doesn't pop the disk out on my machine.

I have a number of other 8088 Zenith machines from that era as well,
that I've scarfed up for similar prices at earlier auctions. Some with
internal hard drives, and the external power supplies. And a PC
Convertable I got for a dollar with all 640K of RAM (which is rare with
PC Convertables).

I love those auctions, filled with clamoring fools who'll go home and
try to install Windows XP on the Pentium II they paid too much for,
while ignoring the good stuff.

Received on Thu Jan 20 2005 - 17:14:37 GMT

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