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Questions tagged [portable]

For questions about portable computers, including laptops and "luggables".

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Can anyone help me identify this computer?

In my loft there is a computer with no branding that needs a new CMOS battery, and one that has the branding 'Tri Data' which I can't find anywhere on the internet. It just shows a white screen as ...
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First computer with LCD screen

The Toshiba T100, the company's first laptop computer, shipped in 1982 with an LCD screen of 80x25 text resolution: http://oldcomputers.net/toshiba-t100.html Was this the first computer ever to have ...
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Which pointing devices were used by early laptop computers?

I've started reading this article on the history of the ThinkPad. In it, the TrackPoint (pointing stick/"nipple" mouse) is heralded as an important innovation in the design of portable computers at ...
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Dealing with old laptop batteries?

So, I inherited this old Epson Equity LT... It's a laptop with internal Ni-Cd batteries. No battery quick disconnect, but apparently they're at least somewhat removable as the manual says that you ...
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Grid Compass - why such a small display?

The Grid Compass, released in 1982, was arguably the world's first full-fledged laptop, whose only glaring deficiency to modern eyes is the small display, 320x240 with physical size to match, ...
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How early could plasma screens be used in laptops?

Back in the eighties, batteries weren't yet at the point where they could run a laptop with similar computing power to a desktop. If you wanted that much computing power, you just accepted that your ...