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Compaq Portable II

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1986.

This was Compaq's second portable IBM-clone. But today would presumably nobody call it portable, rather luggable like yesterdays sewing machine boxes was. Compaq Portable II was actually in four different models. You could have one or two floppy disks drives, or replace one of them against a hard drive in 10 MB or 20 MB. Moreover, the workspace - or RAM - was at 256 KB of the models without hard disk drive, and 640 KB of the models with hard disk drive. The keyboard was traditionally positioned as a lid on the screen.

It was possible to switch between 6 Mhz and 8 Mhz. This was done from the keyboard by the key combination <Ctrl> <Alt> <\>. When starting up was heard either one beep for 6 Mhz or two beep for 8 Mhz. Artfully.

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Former owner: Thomas Zelenka, Huddinge

Technical data

 
Year 1986
Origin USA
Manufacturer Compaq
Name Portable II
CPU Intel 80286
Speed 6 or 8 Mhz
OS MS-DOS 3,1
ROM 16 KB
RAM 256 KB (model 1 and 2), 640 KB (model 3 and 4) up to 2,1 MB
I/O ports Power, 4 slots, of which in this item; com port, expansion slot, screen, unknown
Text modes 40 or 80 x25
Graphic modes 640 x 200
Colours Monochrome
Sound Beep
Built in media 2 x 3,5" floppy disk drive (model 1 and 2), 9" screen, or hard disk 10 or 20 MB (model 3 and 4), 1 x 3,5" floppy disk drive
Power supply Built-in