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    Newbie asteroid's Avatar
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    Jun 2001
    Portsmouth UK

    Post Compaq Portable III


    this is partially off topic,

    Im the website for the Compaq luggable website at which has loads of info on old these 1980s portable PCs.

    Just thinking, I like the form factor of the Compaq Portable III computer

    Id like to know if it would be possible to completely gut it and put a new computer in there. If you have seen those new Sony Viao desktop PCs you will understand how cool a small box with a TFT screen would look )

    I was wondering if a 10" or so TFT monitor and microatx motherboard and small power supply would be able to fit inside?

    heres an exploded diagram of what the PortIII looks like inside:


    anyone else think this would be a cool hack??

    I am not interested in overclocking or anything but if a TFT panel and small motherboard (with onboard video and sound card etc) just a modern computer stuffed inside this old 1980s clunker would be really sweet )

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    Variable Bitrate
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    May 2001
    Toronto, Canada


    Definately a neat idea. Not sure if you'd be able to get a standard motherboard in there, but you could use an SBC like the Advantech ones. These can be found for cheap on E-Bay, and a big plus is that they include a controller for an LCD. Also, because they run entriely on +5V, you might be able to use the existing power supply in your portable unit.
    Have fun!

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    Variable Bitrate
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    Aug 2000
    Abbotsford, BC, Canada


    Ok - I'm definitely a geek... I actually think that piece of $#!T looks cool...

    PII 266, 512 MB RAM, 10 Gig, 36x CD-ROM, 16x DVD, DeLorme GPS, 5.6" LCD Screen, Dschmidt power controller, Keypower ATX DC-DC Supply, PowerAmp Macro controller, Dauphin mini-Kbd.
    Sony Head Unit, Sony Unilink input selector, rear deck Kenwood 6x9's, stock door spkrs... All in my '96 Civic, of course :}
    BC ROCKS!!!

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    Retired Admin Aaron Cake's Avatar
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    London, Ontario, Canada


    I have one of those guys in my basement, sitting beside one of the original IBM "portable PCs" (basically a desktop case with a 9" monochrome CRT beside 2 5.25" disk drives and a flip down keyboard).
    Player: Pentium 166MMX, Amptron 598LMR MB w/onboard Sound, Video, LAN, 10.2 Gig Fujitsu Laptop HD, Arise 865 DC-DC Converter, Lexan Case, Custom Software w/Voice Interface, MS Access Based Playlists
    Car: 1986 Mazda RX-7 Turbo (highly modded), 1978 RX-7 Beater (Dead, parting out), 2001 Honda Insight
    "If one more body-kitted, cut-spring-lowered, farty-exhausted Civic revs on me at an intersection, I swear I'm going to get out of my car and cram their ridiculous double-decker aluminium wing firmly up their rump."


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