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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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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.
 

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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.
 

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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. ;)
 

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

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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™
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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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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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.
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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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.

Not so much a collector, more of a tinkerer
 

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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
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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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.
 
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