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    Toshiba T1910CS floppy drive

    Very nice! Thanks for the info on the cable length, I was wondering which size I should get and that helps me a lot.
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    Toshiba T1910CS floppy drive

    I have some really exciting info to add about the floppy drive in these laptops! Turns out, the pinout IS standard! I was looking at it in the service manual comparing it to the TEAC FD-05 and realized it matched up 100%! What isn't standard however is the pin spacing on the drive itself, but...
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    Toshiba T1910CS floppy drive

    These Toshiba T1900 series laptops use an older variety of the flat notebook floppy drive connector, it has a wider pin spacing and different pinout I believe than most later drives. I believe the pinout is listed in the service manual. I’d like to build an adapter at some point to allow use of...
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    Dell Inspiron 8000

    Yeah, the hinges on my "main" 8000 are pretty floppy, but they hold up just fine, so I've never given it much thought. The plastics are a little bit brittle, but nothing like the Latitude CP and CPi laptops for example. They are perfectly manageable if you treat the machine with a reasonable...
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    Compaq Portable II, Recreating the 512/1536 Kbyte System Memory Board (104176-001)

    Wow, this is awesome! Great work to all involved. I'm a big Compaq fan (obviously) and seeing all of this hard work being invested into the awesome Portable II really warms my heart. Those original memory expansions are extremely rare, so having a reproduction option will be very good!
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    My first IRQ conflict! Need some help.

    Should work fine with a 12887. In fact, I'm pretty sure my 4SLC/33 came with a 12887 installed.
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    Compaq SLT/286 Prototype Revival

    Very cool! Thanks again for the great info. I can’t even express how much I appreciate you sharing your knowledge here that may have otherwise been completely lost to time! I had pretty much figured out the date code in the serial after owning so many Compaqs and those numbers constantly...
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    Dell Inspiron 8000

    Nice! Yeah, those 1400 x 1050 IBM 15" screens are the worst! I have yet to find one that doesn't have weird issues or lines. Nice you have the 1GHz CPU! Yeah, those original hard drives are painfully slow, and age hasn't helped them either. I would love to see a solid-state drive in one of...
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    Compaq SLT/286 Prototype Revival

    Nice! Yeah, the PSUs are hard to find by themselves, you ususally have to buy a whole system to get one (which I have done many times). Good excuse to get another SLT! :ROFLMAO: I'm not at all surprised to hear it fired right up and works fine, because you CANNOT kill the SLTs! They are some...
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    Compaq SLT/286 Prototype Revival

    Interesting! I would love to know for sure what the 0 means, but we may never know. I have a couple of Compaq prototypes that start with 0, an SLT 386s/20 and an unreleased LTE 4/100cx (you can search here the forums and you'll see them), one prototype that starts with a 6 (an LTE 386s/20) and...
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    Compaq SLT/286 Prototype Revival

    Wow, that’s so cool you worked on the assembly line back in the day! That must’ve been an awesome job. Great info, thank you! Very cool to finally know what the first digit of the serial means. My earlier SLT serials all start with a 1 and my later ones start with a 6. I assume the “6” means a...
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    IBM PC 5150 Rev. A S/N: 0126215

    I actually haven't gotten to it yet! The machine is pretty much done otherwise though, so what will be the last step. Now that it's a little warmer here I hope to get to it fairly soon. I don't plan on trying to replicate the textured finish exactly, as that would be impossible with the tools I...
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    Compaq SLT/286 - My Review

    I do not unfortunately. I actually wouldn't mind having one ore two more myself. You also mentioned you have a few SLTs above. Do you have any pics of them and are they for sale? I might be interested in them depending on a few things (if they are for sale that is).
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    Compac LTE lite 4-33c..

    The drive in these uses a tiny belt as described above. Very hard to find a replacement for. I never found a good replacement in over a decade of playing with these laptops. The solution I used is to replace the Citizen drive with a common TEAC, which does NOT use a belt. This is NOT a...
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    IBM XT build almost finished!

    Just thought I’d post a little update on the XT. I found a nicer original 130w PSU for it (more on where I found it below). The one that was in here was an original IBM part, but it was definitely a replacement later model supply. Here’s a pic of the machine with its “new” PSU. Other than...
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    My first IRQ conflict! Need some help.

    Yeah, they seem solid at first, but their poor build quality becomes more apparent the more you work with them. That's why I dropped my three AST Ascentia P Series laptops like a hot potato.
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    Vette! (1989) - Can’t get Hercules mode to work!

    Oh, excellent! I was looking for the manual but didn’t see it. Must have been right there in my face and I missed it, oops. Thanks for the help! Should be able to get it running now, hopefully.
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    Vette! (1989) - Can’t get Hercules mode to work!

    This game allegedly supports Hercules, but I can’t get it to run on my IBM XT with a genuine Hercules card! I have downloaded several different copies of the game, none of which have worked. I just get a blinking cursor and hear the game sounds, as if it’s trying to run in CGA mode. Is there...
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    IBM PC 5150 Rev. A S/N: 0126215

    Picked up an expansion card for this PC, it’s an original IBM serial card! It’s the early version with the wider, black slot cover and no jumper for the XT slot 8. This is great to have since this PC didn’t have a serial port. I haven’t plugged anything into it yet, but I ran a system...
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    IBM 5150 08/16/82 BIOS - Has anyone ever seen this?

    Finally got around to running it again and waiting the proper amount of time. Here’s the result!
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