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Just bought a Japanese 755CE

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Just bought a Japanese 755CE

#1 Post by evening_hunger » Thu Nov 24, 2022 3:41 pm

OMG what a great machine. Also, buying anything in Japan which has a "junk" status there, pretty much guarantees that in the Western world it'll be like new. And it is, safe for the gluey paint covers, but I guess a 28yo machine has the right to it.

The machine I received has 8Mb+approx 20Mb on a daughter card (OS reports 28MB). Has the Japanese keyboard (which is great, lovin it even if I don't speak Japanese), and Japanese Win95 which works flawlessly. The screen has blemishes but is fully readable with its glorious 256-color 640x480.

The battery is dead (28yo), fortunately only minor leaks. I will try to rebuild it sooner or later, so I will search this Forum section for any data, seen some already. (It looks terribly hard, worse than the T30 I've done before).

For now, my biggest task is to replace that Win95 with some Linux, which is not easy with 28MB RAM. First Debian installer I tried (from 2008) said no-no, 32MB minimum... Of course, I would kill for some 32MB daughter extension card as the HMM says it's the max. But it's unobtanium for now.

OK i will refresh this topic with whatever happens new, maybe some photos along the way (which aren't potato-vision), and questions.
T14amdR7-4750U/32GB/500gb.ssd/debian_testing (main driver)
X320/i7-2620M/8GB/256gb.ssd/FHD13.3''IPS/debian_testing (ex-main driver)
T30Pentium-M 4 1.8Ghz 512MB RAM - under restoration
X230/i5/8GB/500gb.hdd+256gb.m2ssd/IPS/debian_stable+win7
755CE, 486DX, approx 28MB RAM (Win95 JP)

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Re: Just bought a Japanese 755CE

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Thu Nov 24, 2022 9:56 pm

Someone at the Thinkpad subreddit got Alpine Linux running on a 380XD, but he had to install the HDD on another PC and use a virtual machine. https://www.reddit.com/r/thinkpad/comme ... on_an_ibm/

For computers of this vintage, you might end up with a similar approach, or worse (compiling Gentoo on the 755CE). :eek:
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X601 Core 2 Duo T8100
Toy: X60F Core Solo U1300
On loan: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E; X61 7676-A24; and a BOE-Hydis HV121P01-100 in failed SXGA+ mod
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Re: Just bought a Japanese 755CE

#3 Post by RealBlackStuff » Fri Nov 25, 2022 1:27 am

Check the posts from marinelayer at the end of this: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=130405
He may be able to help you.
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Re: Just bought a Japanese 755CE

#4 Post by evening_hunger » Sun Nov 27, 2022 8:01 pm

@axur-delmeria: I already took out the hdd and tried this:) Too bad, I can't read it in my T14 (via the IDE->SATA adapter). Strange. It spins but won't read.
@RealBlackStuff: Yes Sir I will!
Thanks! I will keep you posted
T14amdR7-4750U/32GB/500gb.ssd/debian_testing (main driver)
X320/i7-2620M/8GB/256gb.ssd/FHD13.3''IPS/debian_testing (ex-main driver)
T30Pentium-M 4 1.8Ghz 512MB RAM - under restoration
X230/i5/8GB/500gb.hdd+256gb.m2ssd/IPS/debian_stable+win7
755CE, 486DX, approx 28MB RAM (Win95 JP)

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Re: Just bought a Japanese 755CE

#5 Post by axur-delmeria » Sun Nov 27, 2022 11:09 pm

Try a USB IDE enclosure.
Or try a much older computer, with native IDE slots (even a desktop).
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X601 Core 2 Duo T8100
Toy: X60F Core Solo U1300
On loan: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E; X61 7676-A24; and a BOE-Hydis HV121P01-100 in failed SXGA+ mod
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