I have a very old laptop, is there something useful to do with it?

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  1. mrissaoussama
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    mrissaoussama Hiuhbi32

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    specs https://support.toshiba.com/support/staticContentDetail?contentId=638235&isFromTOCLink=false

    don't set your expectations high

    can it even run lubuntu or absolute linux? even then can it run a game or an emulator?

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    SATELLITE 4030CDT Product Specifications
    Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. ("TAIS") shall not be liable for damages of any kind for use of this information, whic
    h is subject to change without notice.
    Copyright 1996  TAIS  S4030.DOC  Rev. 18  02/07/00  NMM.
    Page 1 of  4
    PART NUMBER
    DESCRIPTION
    PAS403U-T2CW8
    Intel Cel300, 13.3”, 64MB, 4.1bb HDD, Modem, Windows 98 w/ dual linked Win95/98
    Configuration Builder CD
    PAS403U-T2NW4
    Intel Cel300, 13.3”, 64MB, 4.1bb HDD, Modem, Windows NT Workstation 4.0
    PROCESSOR 
    (All models)
    Intel Celeron
    
     300Mhz (1.6v)
    Integrated Coprocessor
    Yes
    Processor Cache (L1) Capacity
    32KB: (16KB code; 16KB data)
    LEVEL 2 (L2) CACHE
    (All models)
    Yes: 128KB
    Integrated into CPU
    Data/Address Bus Width
    64bit/32bit
    Local Bus Clock Speed
    66 MHz
    SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE
    (All models)
    Chipset
    Connecting Devices
    PCI BUS (v.2.1): (32-bit, 33 MHz)
    Intel 440DX
    Graphics Controller, Sound chip, modem
    ISA BUS: 16-bit, 8.33 MHz
    N/A
    BIOS, KBC
    MEMORY:
    64Mbit
    SDRAM,
    3.3V
    (All models)
    Standard
    64 MB
    Maximum
    192 MB
    Speed
    60ns
    Hyper Page mode memory access
    Yes
    Data/Address Bus Width
    64bit/32bit
    Local Bus Clock Speed
    66 MHz
    BIOS
    (All models)
    512KB: 4Mbit FLASH EPROM, 5V
    Supported standards
    APM (v.1.2); ACPI; PnP 1.0a; VESA (v2.0); DPMS, DCC2B, DMI (v.2.0); PCI BIOS
    DISPLAY
    (All models)
    Type
    TFT Active Matrix Color (1024 x 768)
    Size
    13.3” Diagonal
    Dot Pitch
    .3075mm x .3075mm
    Contrast Ratio
    100:1 (Min)
    VIDEO 
    (All models)
    Memory
    2.5 MB
    integrated into chipset
    Speed
    50ns
    Hyper Page mode support
    Yes
    Controller Chip
    Trident Cyber 9525DVD
    Data Bus Width
    64-bit
    PCI Bus Architecture w/burst mode
    Yes: 32-bit, 33 MHz
    Graphics Accelerator:
    Yes with 64-bit BitBLT support
    2D graphics support
    BitBLT, DirectDraw, H/W Cursor, Pattern area fills, polygon fill
    3D Supported Features
    Modeling
    Fogging, Lighting
    Shading
    Flat shading, Gouraud shading
    Rendering
    Bilinear texture mapping , Anti-aliasing, MIP mapping, Z-buffering
    Alpha-blending
    Yes
    Direct3D support
    Yes
    Digital Video Accelerator:
    Yes
    YUV-to-RGB color space conversion
    Yes
    Scaling/Interpolation
    Yes
    Color Palette
    16.7M colors
    Internal Support
        Resolution
    Colors Support
    Full Screen
    1024 x 768
    64K colors
    Smaller Image
    640 x 480
    16.7M colors
    Smaller Image
    800 x 600
    16.7M colors
    Virtual Display Mode
    1280 x 1024
    256 colors
    External Support
        Resolution
    Colors Support
    Vertical Refresh Rate (Non-Interlaced)
    640 x 480
    16.7M colors
    85Hz @ 64K color
    800 x 600
    16.7M colors
    85Hz @ 64K color
    1024 x 768
    64K colors
    85 Hz @ 64K color
    1280 x 1024
    256 colors
    60 Hz @ 256 color
    SATELLITE 4030CDT Product Specifications
    Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. ("TAIS") shall not be liable for damages of any kind for use of this information, whic
    h is subject to change without notice.
    Copyright 1996  TAIS  S4030.DOC  Rev. 18  02/07/00  NMM.
    Page 2 of  4
    PART NUMBER
    DESCRIPTION
    PAS403U-T2CW8
    Intel Cel300, 13.3”, 64MB, 4.1bb HDD, Modem, Windows 98 w/ dual linked
    Win95/98 Configuration Builder CD
    PAS403U-T2NW4
    Intel Cel300, 13.3”, 64MB, 4.1bb HDD, Modem, Windows NT Workstation 4.0
    ALL-IN-ONE DESIGN
    (All models)
    STORAGE
    Removable HDD (2.5” Enhanced IDE)
    4.1 billion bytes (13msec)
    with 512KB Buffer
    --- (Service-removable)
    Height
    9.5mm
    Burst Data Transfer Rate
    Ultra DMA Mode 2 (33.3MB/s); PIO Mode 4 (16.7MB/s)
    FDD
    (3.5” 1.44MB;  12.7mm high)
    Yes
    Simultaneous FDD & CD-ROM Support
    Yes: two independent units
    CD-ROM:
    (5.25” ;  12.7mm high, .62 lbs.)
    24X Maximum Speed
    Interface
    .ATAPI (Enhanced IDE) with 128KB buffer
    Random Access Time
    130 ms
    Average Sustained Transfer Rate
    3,600 KB/sec
    Burst Data Transfer Rate
    PIO Mode 4 (16.7MB/sec); Multi Word DMA Mode2 (16.6MB/sec)
    Supported Disc formats
    CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-ROM XA, CD-I FMV, Photo CD (Multi-session)
    Video CD, CD Extra (CD Plus), CD-G, CD-RW (read only)
    INTERNAL MODEM (As Listed)
    Internal 56K w/v.90 support
    DAA support
    US/Canada and Euro/Australia
    Data support
    (All models)
    Protocols supported
    Bell-103/212A, CCITT-V.21/V.22, V.32, V.32bis, V.34, V.90
    Error correction
    MNP 1-4
    Data compression
    MNP 5, CCITT V.42 bis
    Fax support
    (All models)
    Fax class 1
    Protocols supported
    V.21 ch2, V.27 ter, V.29, V.17
    Telephony Functions
    (Windows 95/98 only)
    Standard software
    Ring Zero RingCentral telephony software
    Supported Functions
    Ring Wake-up Resume
    SOUND SYSTEM
    Chipsets
    ESS ES1978S (PCI audio accelerator); ESS ES1920S
    Features
    Hardware acceleration for DirectMusic, ActiveMovie, and Direct Input API
    18-bit stereo audio support
    Yes
    Maximum sampling rate
    48 kHz
             FM Synthesis support
    Yes: 64-channel wavetable music synthesis
    Full duplex function
    Yes
    Sound formats supported:
    SoundBlaster Pro
    
     V3.01,  Windows Sound System V2.0; MIDI
    3D Sound Support
    Yes: HRTF 3D positional audio, DVD AC-3 speaker virtualization
    Direct3Dsound, DirectSound support
    Yes: with Windows 98 Game SDK driver from Microsoft
    Speaker system
    Stereo Bass-Reflex speaker system
    Form factor
    Two top-mounted stereo speakers (28mm, 8
    Ω
    )
    with volume control
    KEYBOARD
    84/86 keys, 3mm Travel
    Yes with Windows 98 key support & 12 dedicated function keys
    Cursor control (8 Keys, Inverted “T”)
    Yes
    Numeric keypad (Integrated Overlay)
    Yes
    Integrated Pointing Device
    AccuPoint
    
    EXPANSION SLOTS
    Two Stacked PC Card Slots
    Yes: Holds two - 5mm PC Cards Type II or one - 10.5mm PC Card Type III.
    Support Standards
    Yes: Supports 32-bit,  3.3V PC CardBus cards
    and
    16-bit,  5.0V PC card standards
    Internal Memory Slot (One only)
    Yes
    SATELLITE 4030CDT Product Specifications
    Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. ("TAIS") shall not be liable for damages of any kind for use of this information, whic
    h is subject to change without notice.
    Copyright 1996  TAIS  S4030.DOC  Rev. 18  02/07/00  NMM.
    Page 3 of  4
    PART NUMBER
    DESCRIPTION
    PAS403U-T2CW8
    Intel Cel300, 13.3”, 64MB, 4.1bb HDD, Modem, Windows 98 w/ dual linked
    Win95/98 Configuration Builder CD
    PAS403U-T2NW4
    Intel Cel300, 13.3”, 64MB, 4.1bb HDD, Modem, Windows NT Workstation 4.0
    EXPANSION PORTS
    Expansion Bus
    Yes
    One 9-Pin Serial (16550 UART equivalent)
    Yes
    One 25-Pin Parallel (8 bit ECP)
    Yes
    One 15-Pin RGB (SVGA video)
    Yes
    Fast Infrared port (Back only)
    Yes: IrDA 1.1:4Mbps compatible
    One (PS/2) 101 Keyboard/Mouse port
    Yes: “Y”connector supported
    Universal Serial Bus (USB) port
    Yes: Supports 127devices.  Thro
    ughput Rate: 12Mbits/sec.
    Microphone (3.5mm mini jack, stereo)
    Yes
    Headphone (3.5mm mini jack, stereo)
    Yes
    Line-in (3.5mm mini jack, stereo, 2V rms)
    Yes
    Noteworthy security lock port
    Yes
    Enhanced Port Replicator III (Optional)
    Part# PA2717U
    Dimensions/Weight
    13.2”W x  10.6”D x 2.9”H
    (Weight: 3.3 lbs.)
    Two Type III CardBus ready PC Card slots
    Yes: each slot supports one card
    Supported Interfaces
    Serial, parallel, PS/2 keyboard, PS/2 mouse, DC in, SVGA monitor, FDD port,
    lock slot , joystick/MIDI, line-in, line-out, headphone, microphone, lock slot
    Port Replicator (Optional)
    Part# PA2731U
    Dimensions
    12.36”W x  12.6”D x 2.0”H (.51 High in front)
    Supported Interfaces
    Serial, parallel, PS/2 keyboard, PS/2 mouse, DC in, SVGA port, volume control,
    lock slot , joystick/MIDI, line-in, line-out, headphone, microphone, lock slot, (2)USB
    POWER
    Autosensing External AC Adapter: PA2450U
    4.9”L x 2.46”W x .97”H --- Weight: .66lbs.
    Input (Voltage/Frequency)
    100-240V; 50-60Hz
    Output (Voltage/Amps)
    15 VDC;  3.0A
    Power Output (Watts)
    45W
    Battery Type: Li-Ion (10.8V, 4000mAH)
    Yes (one standard): Part# PA2487URG
    Battery Life: (Full Power)
    3.0 hrs.
    Recharge Time (Computer Off/On)
    2.5+/4-10 hrs.
    depending on the computer function performed
    Power Saving Features
    APM v.1.2 BIOS, CPU Sleep mode, HDD Auto Off, Auto Resume, Display Auto Off
    CPU speed change, Hibernation
    DIMENSIONS
    Dimensions
    Weight
    Notebook
    11.97”W x 9.4”D x 2.13”H
    7.0 lbs.
    AC Adapter
    4.9”L x 2.46”W x .97”H
    .66lbs.
    Battery (Standard)
    6.87”L x 2.76”W x 0.73”H
    .88  lbs
     
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  2. Taffy

    Taffy If specified, this will replace the title that...

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    I can't view the page for some reason ._.

    My laptop is pre-2014, has a core2duo, 2 gb of ram, uses one of those florescent tube backlights, and was running windows xp before I popped my previous laptop's hard drive into it (it caught fire and died)


    I have successfully run Starbound on the thing at around 30 frames per second. Anything is possible!


    At the very least, you can probably use it to browse the Internet when away from home. If you have a better laptop, leave it at homw and take the shitty one. Then if you drop it, lose it, have it stolen, or otherwise fuck it up, nothing of value will have been lost.
     
  3. k3rizz3k

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    300mhz Celeron. I'd actually kill for one lol. As for running stuff.. oh goodness no clue
     
  4. Originality

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    Reminds me of my first laptop, Toshiba Portégé 7010. Has roughly the same specs, with 8MB of VRAM.

    I got it running XP, with video playback, office work, internet and chat apps all working fine. I also played BYOND games on it. That was pretty much it’s limit.

    You can always use it as a server.
     
  5. ry755

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    You could use it to play old games. Of course they'll probably run fine on your current computer, but there's just something cool about playing games on an old computer. ;)
     
  6. Taleweaver

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    Ouch, that's one OLD computer! :blink:

    It won't run lubuntu (memory is half of the minimum, and if you can even find it, it'll cost more than the laptop is worth), let alone windows XP or more current. There are probably some other (most likely terminal only) linux distro's that you can run, but to be honest...I wouldn't bother. I guess it can be hilarious as a novelty (a laptop with an actual modem?) but it would wear off. The thing is also 7 pounds, which is also pretty heavy (or extremely heavy, to today's standards).

    There were (are?) some emulators written in the time this device was new, so it's not impossible. Still...why would you bother? Your phone is better at emulating.
    Erm...I take it you're a collector of old computer hardware? :unsure: Because if not...sorry, but I put computers in the trash that are far superior to this thing.
     
  7. InsaneNutter

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    I'd be tempted to clean install Windows 98 and set it up with Office 97 and other software and games from the 90's. That would be a good bit of nostalgia.
     
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  8. Clydefrosch

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    dos games or sell it
     
  9. JiveTheTurkey

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    Depending on its condition you should freeze it in time like bury it in a case or something.
     
  10. RattletraPM

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    If retrogaming isn't your thing you could consider making a media server/NAS out of it! Of course having a 2.5" IDE drive bay is not going to be ideal but it's better than nothing™
     
  11. sarkwalvein

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    The question is what do you want to do with it?
    DOS Games? Will practically run every game quite well on native DOS.
    Want some kind of type writer++? Install Windows 98 + Word 97, it will work quite well.
    Want to use Linux?
    -> Install probably any Linux distribution without using X (text mode) and it will run great.
    -> You could probably run something X based, but go very lightweight with XFCE, your main problem will be the 64MB of RAM.

    Hmmm... not much more I guess?
    I really believe even a cheap RaspberryPi would make a better NAS and would consume less than 1/10th the power (thus savings on the electricity bill).
    Also it is relatively big and annoying if you are using it for something like that.
    I guess it is only worthy if you are using the screen, the keyboard and some peripheral.

    E.g. you could use it for configuring legacy equipment and networks in an industry automation system, using the RS232 port (9-pin serial) and Ethernet, etc.
    PS: I don't think it's worth it.
     
  12. james50a

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    Id say toss it. 300mhz is going to be painful for doing anything. Maybe if your really desperate todo something you could use it as a secondary monitor for a decent computer
     
  13. Captain_N

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    I have 2 toshibas similar to that one. You can actually get it wifi internet access with a pcmia wifi card. I have a few laying around. It might be good for old dos games. You can used it to type lol. ALso the legacy ports can com in handy. Usb flash drives will work if u install the windows 98 SE 2 Mass storage drivers.
     
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    Well, yeah - I mainly suggested that because, let's be honest: there's not much else you can do with this thing. Even if you're technologically oriented you'd have to admit that using any text-based OS in 2018 is a pain and even XFCE/LXDE will inevitably struggle on it (maybe something like IceWM would work better?) but even then, that's pretty much it. Even using it as a typewriter is basically useless because any smartphone can do it better, unless you really want that physical keyboard of course.

    A RPi would indeed be more appropriate and for a bit more you can get other SBCs with integrated SATA ports which are infinitely better for a NAS. But hey, if you really want to save it from the scrap pile there's only so much you can do... :unsure:

    Maybe use it as a thin client to connect to remote PCs via VNC?
     
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    mrissaoussama Hiuhbi32

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    thanks everyone, looks like there isn't much to do with it
     
  16. k3rizz3k

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    Not so much a collector, more of a tinkerer
     
  17. Minox

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    Throwing it away would be a huge waste if it's still working. Since older computers are sought after for retro machines it'd be much better to sell it off assuming the OP doesn't want to keep it.
     
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  18. subcon959

    subcon959 teh retro

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    I used to happily game on a 486dx-33 with 8mb ram and 100mb hard disk, so this is a beast of a computer compared to that. There are literally thousands of awesome dos games you could play natively on it.
     
  19. AtsuNii

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    I'd say get win98 on it and put on some childhood games on it. Make it into a nostalgia machine. Would atleast be what I'd be doing. And what i still want to do.
     
  20. Ace_Ssasin

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    Just keep it, dont sell, if its reach year 2030 or above it will be expensive stuff, u know
     
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