Hmmn, looks like I have a collection of vintage laptops now. I never really thought about it because I only bought the one Thinkpad T21 at a thrift store, and the rest have been given to me because they “didn’t work” in some way or were replaced by newer machines and weren’t wanted anymore. The size of my collection only became apparent to me when someone brought me 5 more, ranging in vintage from 1996 (Pentium 75) up to fairly recent (Core i3) saying I could keep ’em if I DoD-wiped the drives.
Wipin’ the drive for this Dell Inspiron (Pentium 4). Battery test looks great. turns out the battery holds almost 2 hrs charge. Windows XP Awesome SP3 goes on this one, mainly because it has no wireless card which might’ve barely made it worth running Lubuntu. This machine shall never touch the internet again.
I’ve never heard of a Canon branded PC-Compatible computer before, but here’s one from 1996 – A Canon Innovabook 360CD. Like typewriters, the case of a laptop can protect a machine from the worst neglect. This machine had sat in a shed in shallow water for lord knows how long, but the machine is basically pristine other than the battery not holding a charge and a water-damaged user manual.
Wow, 8mb of RAM. I’ll load FreeDOS 1.2 on this one, cause that ain’t enough to run Win 95. Maybe throw Win 3.1.1 on there too.