What to do with the ancient laptop

Wolfshadw

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So I just snagged an IBM Thinkpad T20 (free).

Not 100% sure of the specs, but I believe:

Pentium III - 700Mhz
256 MB RAM
Small hard drive
DVD-ROM drive
Windows 98 SE

The immediate problem is that there isn't a battery charger. I can pick up a replacement for $6 on Amazon. Once I can get it to boot up, I can verify the specs, but even if I do, what to do with it?

I was thinking a MAME system, but I was looking for other options/opinions.

-Wolf sends
 

USAFRet

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I have a couple of similar level laptops. Dell, Sony, Fujitsu.
The only reason I kept the Dell PII 300mhz around was to interface with the car OBDII port. It was the only device I still had with a serial port.
It currently has W2000 on one drive, and PuppyLinux on another. Takes 10 minutes just to boot up.

Other than that...not much use at all.

Since I recently got a USB cable to interface with the cars, the old Dell (along with the rest of the stack of crap) has sat on a shelf.

 

USAFRet

Illustrious
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I have a couple of similar level laptops. Dell, Sony, Fujitsu.
The only reason I kept the Dell PII 300mhz around was to interface with the car OBDII port. It was the only device I still had with a serial port.
It currently has W2000 on one drive, and PuppyLinux on another. Takes 10 minutes just to boot up.

Other than that...not much use at all.

Since I recently got a USB cable to interface with the cars, the old Dell (along with the rest of the stack of crap) has sat on a shelf.

 

cryoburner

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That's not an ancient laptop. I have one of these, weighing in at 14 pounds with a black and white screen... : D

http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/2223/Compaq-Portable-SLT-286-1903/

It would actually work quite well as a doorstop though. I haven't tried to slide it into a manilla envelope yet. It does work though, and runs Windows 3.1 reasonably well, though running any software from beyond the early 90s might be a challenge.
 

jaguarskx

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I have a ThinkPad T40 that I am just keep around for nostalgia. I paid something like $2,400 for my configuration back in 2003. Definitely the most expensive laptop I have ever bought and that is before inflation
 
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