Click Here to visit our Sponsor
The Latest News ! The History of Computing The Magazine Forums Collectors corner Have Fun there ! Buy books and goodies
  Click here to loginLogin Click here to print the pagePrinter ViewClick here to send a link to this page to a friendTell a FriendTell us what you think about this pageRate this PageMistake ? You have mr info ? Click here !Add Info     Search     Click here use the advanced search engine

Atari

TT 030
Browse console museumBrowse pong museum









 

Commodore 64 goodies !

see details
ZX Spectrum goodies !

see details
Back to the roots goodies !

see details
Destroy all humanoids ! goodies !

see details
H.E.R.O. goodies !

see details
I love my Oric-1 goodies !

see details
Odyssey 2 / Videopac Select Game prompt goodies !

see details
Camputers Lynx logo goodies !

see details
MSX Retro Gamer goodies !

see details
MZ-700 goodies !

see details
Amiga Workbench goodies !

see details
Apple II goodies !

see details
Commodore 64 boot screen goodies !

see details
Odyssey 2 / Videopac sprites goodies !

see details
Atari ST bee icon goodies !

see details
1kb memory only...sorry goodies !

see details
Pixel adventurer goodies !

see details
Space Invaders - Retro Gamer goodies !

see details
Commodore VIC-20 goodies !

see details
www.old-computers.com logo goodies !

see details
Amstrad CPC-464 goodies !

see details
Atari ST bomb icons goodies !

see details
Oric Atmos goodies !

see details
READY prompt goodies !

see details
Space Invaders goodies !

see details
Horace is not dead goodies !

see details







C > COMPAQ > Portable III     


Compaq
Portable III

When Compaq launched its Portable III, the lauch was timed to occurs simultaneously in twelve countries around the world, in keeping with Compaq's showmanship style.

The Portable III previously rumoured to be the smallest, lightest and fastest 386 machine but Compaq only had a 286-12 mainboard ready to be mass produced. The 386 version would follow about one year later.

Compaq actually released a 286 version to restore its Number One spot in the portable market, under the pressure from Toshiba with its T-1100 and T-3100 and Zenith with its Z-181.

The design of the Portable II had been deeply improved over the earlier Compaq portable machines. It was half the size and its footprint occupied half the space of the first Compaq Portable. The most remarquable feature was its neat gas plasma display wich lifted up and swiveled so that it could be placed in a good position for reading.

The machine shipped with either a 20 MB or 40 MB hard-disk. Two internal cards could be added, a RAM card (up to 2 MB) and a 1200-baud modem card. An external expansion box allowed to add two standard IBM-AT cards and carry them along with the computer.

_______________________

Ryan Schweitzer adds:
It also has a proprietary graphics mode that allows it to run at true 640 x 400 mode. I ran both a copy of Windows/286 2.11 (yes, 2.11 :) ) that had a Compaq Portable display driver for 640 x 400 (if I recall correctly), and also had an installation of GeoWorks Ensemble 2.0 on it, that could make the display run perfectly at 640 x 400 if the display drivers for the AT&T 6300 (also 640x400) were used!!!
I think ensemble's AT&T driver might of used the same calls/registers/interrupts/whatnot to the Portable's graphics chipset, or maybe even possibly the Portable used the same graphics chipset as the AT&T 6300.


Nancy Hackett's bad experience:
Oh, did this machine have problems! I went through four of those nifty plasma monitors, several hard drives, two factory rebuilds, and an uncounted number of motherboards trying to track down internal error codes that Compaq said didn't exist!
It came (not so) lovingly to be known as "The Compaq from Hell" with the motherboard rumored to be numbered "666". Both the maintenance manager's and the Compaq regional rep's hands would sweat every time I lugged it in. The spectacular finale was when the power supply blew, shooting blue flames 18" out the side! LOL! That was an experience!


ShareThis


 

I have one of these, an early 286 with a 287 Co-Processor and it still works.

          
Thursday 5th January 2012
Pete (UK)

We had those for field test collecting measurementdata. The units we had started to smell burnt and sent out some puffs of smoke so do not leave it unattended......

          
Wednesday 13rd April 2011
BZ

boubik, the computer is probably having trouble finding the OS. You will probably find the HDD has died as it is over 20 years old. Or the HDD has some how become corrupt over the years. But I can only estimate from what you have stated.

          
Saturday 26th February 2011
Simon Lyne (UK)
EPROM9 HOME

 

NAME  Portable III
MANUFACTURER  Compaq
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  1987
END OF PRODUCTION  Unknown
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  None
KEYBOARD  Typewriter type 92 keys with 12 function keys and numeric keypad
CPU  Intel 80286
SPEED  12 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR  Socket for a 80287 math coprocessor
RAM  640 KB up to 2 MB
VRAM  Unknown
ROM  16 KB
TEXT MODES  40 or 80 columns x 25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  640 x 200 dots (CGA resolution)
COLOrsc  Monochrome orange
SOUND  Beeper
SIZE / WEIGHT  41 (W) x 19.2 (D) x 24.8 (H) cm / 11 kg
I/O PORTS  Serial, Parallel, Video RGB, expansion bus
BUILT IN MEDIA  1 x 1.2 MB FDD, 20 or 40 MB HDD
OS  MS-DOS 3.1
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in power supply unit - No battery
PERIPHERALS  Expansion box with two IBM-AT card slots
PRICE  $4,990 (20 MB), $5,790 (40 MB)





Google
 
Web www.old-computersc.com


 

More pictures
Adverts
Hardware Info
Internet Links
Documentations
3D models
Mini-Forum

Click here to go to the top of the page   
Contact us | members | about old-computers.com | donate old-systems | FAQ
OLD-COMPUTERS.COM is hosted by - NYI (New York Internet) -