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The 30 Year Old Toshiba T3100

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Published on Nov 7, 2016

I have no way of telling for certain when this computer was manufactured, but a sticker on the bottom of this computer indicates a local computer shop did something with it in November 1986; therefore, this computer is certainly 30 years old now. The condition of this computer seems to be deteriorating, especially the screen and possibly the power supply due to the strange and loud squeaking noise it often makes. Regardless, it still works and makes a decent portable 286.

In this video, I demonstrate the popular PCPaint program for MS-DOS, a LapLink parallel connection to my Toshiba Satellite Pro 400CS using Microsoft Interlink Server, Windows 2.11 (aka Windows/286), and a cake I drew in QBASIC 1.0.

Is this really a laptop, or is it just another luggable? It doesn't support having a battery, but it sure has the familiar form factor of a laptop. Most "portable" computers of the time were still the size of a large suitcase, as well as a lot heavier with their built-in CRTs. I had one of them myself, but regrettably gave it up. Another thing, the T3100, like many portable computers in that age, has a built-in carrying handle. Yeah, what? Is that something you find comical? You're making a fool of yourself, laughing at this computer! You know we had to start somewhere, right?!

I would really love to install Windows 3.1 on here, if only I could find a memory upgrade that's affordable and credible. Otherwise, I may end up selling this computer at some point. I've always hated not being able to work with some of these computers' internals due to the proprietary interfaces they use!

Helpful Hints:
An external monitor can be connected to the Toshiba T3100. Both CGA and AT&T 6300-compatible monitors are supported. Simultaneous output is not supported, but you can switch between the computer's internal display and the CRT by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Home or Ctrl+Alt+End.

The Toshiba T3100's clock speed can be changed on the fly. To set it to its default speed of 7.16 MHz, press Ctrl+Alt+Page Up. To reduce its speed to 4.77 MHz, press Ctrl+Alt+Page Down. These key combinations are useful for running speed-sensitive applications. The current speed of this computer is indicated by the power light's color.

The mentioned key combinations for speed and monitor output may not work if you are running Windows.

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