For a time now I wanted a machine that is a bit more accessible than most of what I have. Most of those are under a pile of other PCs or disassembled in boxes and I'm often too lazy to get them running to pleasure myself with them. I had a chance to save an old laptop from being scrapped. It's an ASUS L7200, which was an entry level laptop from around 2000 (give or take a year). It came with it's original charger, bag, driver CD, users manual, and some other disks.
It was probably dropped. It has a little crack at the hinge a white line at the top of the on the screen and some flickering when I'm bending it so there must be some issues around the ribbon cable and the floppy drive doesn't read any of my disks and screaches as if the drive belt fell off. I will have to look under the hood, but otherwise it's in good condition and runs really nicely.
I'm currently running it with Windows 98 and planning to downgrade to 95. I'm having some issues setting up the audio driver. It doesn't want to work even from it's own driver CD for some reason.
It's performance is decent for the era of games I'm targetting. My only issue is that ASUS decided to solder a slice of potato on the motherboard to handle graphics. It's a Silicon Motion SM910 Lynx chip with 2MB SGRAM. I'd expect at least some form of 3D acceleration even if it's in name only from a laptop this young, but I'll have to do without it.
Carmageddon, International Rally Championship and Worms Armageddon, which I tried so far runs nicely, however with Quake I have to go down to 320×240 resolution to keep the framerate at a playable level.
Over all I think it will be worth keeping it on my desk after a bit of fixing. I recently orderd Tomb Raider 1 and 2 and I'm curious whether it can run them at a decent speed or I'll have to go over to my desktop Pentium MMX or one of the Pentium 2s.