ISO: Compaq Portable 3 "docking station" (?)
doc at mdrconsult.com
Fri Jun 30 08:04:59 CDT 2006
Joe R. wrote:
> At 10:05 AM 6/29/06 -0700, you wrote:
>>I'd like to find a docking station/expansion chassis
>>for my Portable 3. It's my understanding that this
>>will hold *two* (full size?) ISA cards.
> It's been awhile so I'm not positive but I think it takes 3/4 length
> boards and IIRC one slot is 8 bit and the other is 16 bit.
> I'm hoping
>>that this will be a good, *compact* home for my
>>Opus PM (I'd hate to have to set up a regular PC
>>for this -- the Portable 3 has the advantage of the
>>built in display, etc.).
>>Alternatively, can anyone suggest something that will
>>hold two full size ISA cards in a similarly small
>>footprint? Ideally, with a COLOR display instead
> I've seen similar luggables that have color screens. A lot of them were
> originally used for network snoopers. I have a color one somewhere. I don't
> remember who made it but I think Dolch built some. You might check E-bay
> for Dolch computers. The snoopers usually have three slots but I don't
> think ANY of the lunch box size machines will support a FULL length card.
> They simply not big enough. If you really need to use full size cards then
> check for one of the suitcse size Compaq Portable or Portable II or
> something of that size.
I have a no-name 386 luggable that has room for full-length cards,
and in fact has 3 of them. If it's not a rebadged Dolch, it's a
near-exact Dolch knock-off.
The thing has a bog-standard AT PSU and Baby-AT 386 motherboard in
it, right down to the 30-pin SIPP RAM. I keep threatening to put a
Pentium board and a SVGA TFT color screen in it, for a knock-around PeeCee.
However, I just hit eBay for "Dolch", and I think my 386 is safe.
That P-III mil-spec jobbie looks swank!
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