A poor old 380ED was sitting near a dead Toshiba laptop around other computer junk. I powered it up with my X32 power supply, removed the dead CR1220 battery to go past BIOS errors, found 32MB and a running Windows Me, installed automatically a 3c589d ethernet adapter without asking for any driver disk, but the battery must be really dead because it cannot be charged at all (the switching regulator makes a painful slow sweeping frequency noise). Here are my questions:
How much to pay for a new battery and memory upgrade ?
Is is difficult to open and replace the hard disk ? I can use it because it does not sound worn out (no bearing noise of death), but I would like to put a CF card with a 2.5" IDE to CF adapter - will the BIOS accept such a 'disk' ?
It's a two part answer:
First, if you wish to boot to the adapter-mounted CF card, the ability of the BIOS to recognize such an arrangement will depend on the construction of the adapter. If the latter looks exactly like a PATA drive to the BIOS, i.e., if it handshakes like a PATA drive, it will work.
Second, if you wish to use the CF card only for added storage, you can buy a PCMCIA/CF adapter card very inexpensively (eBay) that will handle that task for you straightaway. If the PCMCIA card you find turns out to be Cardbus (32 bit), you will also have to purchase a port replicator for your laptop to provide the needed Cardbus slot. The two existing PCMCIA slots built into your laptop are 16 bit only.
You might benefit from reading my thread nearby which describes how to obtain USB 2.0 on a 380D. The 380D and the 380ED are quite similar.