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First post, by my03

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Dear Vogons,

i have now owned this machine (Victor V286P) for a couple of years. Everything functions well (except for the bios battery, but i'll come to this later....).

Some odd 34 years ago, i actually did my "work experience program" (when i was 14 years old) with this company and i still have fond memories of playing "snake" and Leisure suit Larry while doing that 😁

anyway, many years later i got my hands on this machine:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/omPymUcSPd1ikZPX6

Googling this machine does not really give that much information back, but apparently Kyocera produced these machines for Victor (or Sirius as the were known from the start). I've also found people claiming this to be a Toshiba T3100/3200 basically. Question is: what is it?

There are some minor issues with it:

When activating the backlight on it, there are some "stripes" coming from the top. I guess its about high time for a screen recap.

But my major concern is how on earth i would go about opening this unit up? I made some attempts earlier but could not really take the lid of (i remove all the screws underneath and tried to carefully "pull" the lid, but there seems to be something holding it stuck. Scary since plastic this old can be quite brittle.

Basically, i would like to take care of two things: exchanging the bios battery on it (so i don't need to enter setup every time and choose the "type 1" hdd option (i installed AnyDrive on it earlier so that the HDD would be detected) and i would also like to open the screen casing up to recap it properly (those "stripes")

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Last edited by my03 on 2019-11-30, 19:41. Edited 1 time in total.

Reply 1 of 4, by my03

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Reply 3 of 4, by Horun

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some say it is a Toshiba T3100 clone, you can find manuals for T3100 by googling. the maintenance manual may tell how to open the case fully.

Hate posting a reply and have to edit it because it made no sense 😁 First computer was an IBM 3270 workstation with CGA monitor. 🤣 Second computer a 286 12Mhz with real IDE drive ! After that came 386, 486, Pentium, P.Pro and everything after....

Reply 4 of 4, by torindkflt

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Even if it is an attempt at a clone of the T3100, it's definitely not assembled the same way (The T3100 does not have a 16-bit ISA slot, as this system does). A closer analogy might be a Toshiba T3200, which DOES have an ISA slot (two, actually). But, the construction would still be different between them because the T3200 is physically larger/wider than this Victor system (The T3200 is wide enough to have a numeric keypad in addition to the main keyboard). Unfortunately, the Toshiba service manuals would likely be of no help with disassembling this one. My guess would be they were trying to copy at most the form factor, with no regards to the internals.