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My dream machine build!

#1 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:24 am

I've been wanting a big, bulky, old, beige laptop for a while that ran on AA batteries. I have completed the machine I have always wanted and for less than 5$ too!

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The base of the machine is a Sharp MZ-100.

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No power adapter in sight

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Ok, what is that.

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Its a AA battery holder.(Yes, the battery MUST be Lithium)

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Its ALIVE!!

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And so is the clock battery, hehe!***


***For anyone that doesn't know this machine, the clock is powered off the main battery.

AND YES THE MACHINE IS 16:10!!!
Thinkpad4by3's Law of the Universe.

The efficiency of two screens equally sized with equal numbers if pixels are equal. The time spent by a 4:3 user complaining about 16:9 is proportional to the inefficiency working with a 16:9 display, therefore the amount of useful work extracted is equal.

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Re: My dream machine build!

#2 Post by thinkpadcollection » Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:09 pm

Blue LCD are the nastiest one to have, I had a LTE 286 once for short time and dumped it and bought notebooks with usable LCD starting with LTE 386s/20 when new (2 years after introduction) but battery lifespan was short 3 years due to charging system built into battery pack since there is only 2 terminals so kept power circuit simpler inside the notebook's was killing the battery with constantly powered computer at college.

Yet another abortion was Compaq Aero Contura 4/25 was a cut down compaq 486SX 25 with awful tiny LCD for bulky computer. :P

Things improved when I started with T500 after long span of few subspar notebooks. Now I have decent collection of notebooks of any brands all improved on after I take liking to them.

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Re: My dream machine build!

#3 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:12 pm

Yea, tell me about it. The blue LCDs cant be adjusted in a way that doesnt make me have OCD and I'm not particularly picky. The display that I always wanted was the green one from the Amstrad PPC640.
Thinkpad4by3's Law of the Universe.

The efficiency of two screens equally sized with equal numbers if pixels are equal. The time spent by a 4:3 user complaining about 16:9 is proportional to the inefficiency working with a 16:9 display, therefore the amount of useful work extracted is equal.

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Re: My dream machine build!

#4 Post by axur-delmeria » Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:03 pm

Looks similar to an ancient Toshiba laptop (T1200 I think) I saw in my dad's workplace when I was a kid. I think he brought it home once or twice :)

I'm pleasantly surprised something this old is in good working order. :D
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Re: My dream machine build!

#5 Post by CrazyTPFan » Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:08 pm

Thinkpad4by3 wrote:
Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:24 am
I've been wanting a big, bulky, old, beige laptop for a while that ran on AA batteries. I have completed the machine I have always wanted and for less than 5$ too!

Image
The base of the machine is a Sharp MZ-100.

Image
No power adapter in sight

Image
Ok, what is that.

Image
Its a AA battery holder.(Yes, the battery MUST be Lithium)

Image
Its ALIVE!!

Image
And so is the clock battery, hehe!***


***For anyone that doesn't know this machine, the clock is powered off the main battery.

AND YES THE MACHINE IS 16:10!!!
This is cool! I wish I could get my old ThinkPad R31 to run off AA battery's. Battery's on ebay for my R31 are like $200.
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Re: My dream machine build!

#6 Post by shawross » Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:00 pm

I remember doing PLC programming on something similar but with the green screen I think. I can't remember the make but I think it was Japanese and a 286.

Yes that blue screen is a little nasty but the laptop it is in good condition. For the time they were quite small and compact.
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Re: My dream machine build!

#7 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:09 pm

shawross wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:00 pm
I remember doing PLC programming on something similar but with the green screen I think. I can't remember the make but I think it was Japanese and a 286.
IBM 5499 by any chance?
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The efficiency of two screens equally sized with equal numbers if pixels are equal. The time spent by a 4:3 user complaining about 16:9 is proportional to the inefficiency working with a 16:9 display, therefore the amount of useful work extracted is equal.

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Re: My dream machine build!

#8 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:11 pm

CrazyTPFan wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:08 pm
This is cool! I wish I could get my old ThinkPad R31 to run off AA battery's. Battery's on ebay for my R31 are like $200.
Well this machine draws 6W-8W vs the R31 which under load is likely north of 60-70W
Thinkpad4by3's Law of the Universe.

The efficiency of two screens equally sized with equal numbers if pixels are equal. The time spent by a 4:3 user complaining about 16:9 is proportional to the inefficiency working with a 16:9 display, therefore the amount of useful work extracted is equal.

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Re: My dream machine build!

#9 Post by shawross » Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:51 pm

Thinkpad4by3 wrote:IBM 5499 by any chance?
Definitely not it looked more like your MZ 100

I suspect Japanese hardware at the time was cheaper than IBM, especially in Australia.
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Re: My dream machine build!

#10 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:10 pm

shawross wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:51 pm

Definitely not it looked more like your MZ 100

I suspect Japanese hardware at the time was cheaper than IBM, especially in Australia.
I know alot of vintage machines.. If it had the green back it was non-backlit I presume. I know of only one machine that is green back AND backlit, and that is the Panasonic CF-150B.

So lets see....286 AND looks like the Sharp. It was a Japanese company.

I dont think Epson made any non-backlit.

Toshiba?? No I don't think so... Wait actually the T1100, T1000 and lower end T1200. Those all used a beige back screen so that doesnt work and they were all XT class machines.

Halikan had one but it was blue backlit. No good.

Amstrad PPC512/640 was an XT class machine but green backlit but WOULD NEVER BE CONFUSED for looking like the sharp...

The only one I can think of was MAYBE Bondwell...but again they were beige backed...well maybe slightly greenish. Was it a gameboy green? I know those came in a 286. Bondwell B310 286?

Looking back on the Toshibas..they were kind of greenish not beige...Maybe those but those were a 8086 or 8088
Thinkpad4by3's Law of the Universe.

The efficiency of two screens equally sized with equal numbers if pixels are equal. The time spent by a 4:3 user complaining about 16:9 is proportional to the inefficiency working with a 16:9 display, therefore the amount of useful work extracted is equal.

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Re: My dream machine build!

#11 Post by shawross » Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:14 pm

LOL I can't remember the details now and it might have been an XT machine. I didn't take much interest at the time.

I remember that the guys I worked with thought I was kind of weird because I developed an interest in old Thinkpads. If they thought I was interested in that old programming laptop they would have committed me to a mental facility.
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Re: My dream machine build!

#12 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:18 pm

shawross wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:14 pm
LOL I can't remember the details now and it might have been an XT machine. I didn't take much interest at the time.

I remember that the guys I worked with thought I was kind of weird because I developed an interest in old Thinkpads. If they thought I was interested in that old programming laptop they would have committed me to a mental facility.
My brain for some reason when it heard old laptop and can't remember it goes completely wired to find out the machine and will dump out everything I know given those specs :lol:

I didn't have work to do anyway...right? :wink:
Thinkpad4by3's Law of the Universe.

The efficiency of two screens equally sized with equal numbers if pixels are equal. The time spent by a 4:3 user complaining about 16:9 is proportional to the inefficiency working with a 16:9 display, therefore the amount of useful work extracted is equal.

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Re: My dream machine build!

#13 Post by axur-delmeria » Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:17 am

Compaq Aero Contura 4/25
Our first laptop was a Compaq Contura Aero 4/33c. It's like the 90s version of the netbook: minimalist, with a small screen.
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