ibm5155 wrote on 2022-08-31, 13:30:
Got a IBM Thinkpad 235, working quite well and even had the surprise that it game with an ESS soundchip plus you can underclock […]
Got a IBM Thinkpad 235, working quite well and even had the surprise that it game with an ESS soundchip plus you can underclock it during normal usage 😁
Since I got all the original cds and stuff, I plan to make a backup one day (when I get a CF adapter for sd card since I have no modern ways of transfering data right now)
Also, unlike my Toshiba Satellite 330CDT, the C&T graphics card seems to be filling the screen without black borders (tested with a few games like starcraft, doom95 and quake 2) I wonder why since they both seems to be the same graphics card...
Nice! The Chandra laptops are really cool finds, that one looks like it's in really nice condition too. I've got an Opti Talisman, the older version compared to your 235, but it has a regular UK keyboard: http://www.basterfield.com/pc110/history.htm
That Japanese space bar looks like it'd be interesting to type on 😀
I think for the screen expansion, I Recall there being some small .exe file that could turn on the video expansion on Toshiba laptops, but I don't remember what it's called. Does relate to the Chips graphics from what I remember.
I bought (and received) a truly untested Sony Vaio Picturebook C1XD (XD) - these are getting really rare in a functional state! All the ones up for sale have various faults, but it seems I got lucky with this untested one, because it works just fine.
This thing has a 1024*480 9" LCD screen, Pentium II 400Mhz CPU, a whopping 64mb of RAM, Neomagic video (oh well) and Yamaha DS-XG audio.
Something I didn't know about the C1X series is that unlike the C1V crusoe models, it uses a Lithium RTC battery rather than NiMH so internally this thing is fine and I didn't even need to take it apart.
Sadly it has no charger, the Picturebook C1X and C1V series both appear to use a special sony connector - so the chargers are crazy expensive, who would pay £100 for a PCGA-AC16V2 or PCGA-AC5N charger? But that's what they cost because they are just that rare.
However... 2.54mm pin headers can fit in pretty well:
And now it's working but I'm scared to touch the side since even with shielded probes, a short is likely:
I've been working on a fix - 3d printer to the rescue 😀