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Old 08-17-06, 09:27 PM
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longest time you've had a laptop?

how long do laptops usually last? while keeping it in good condition and away from dust, etc.
Old 08-17-06, 10:03 PM
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I still have a perfectly good TI with a 75MHz Pentium CPU. I probably got it in 1995. Needless to say I don't use it anymore, primarily because it's slow. I really liked its compact size. The easily accessible dual batteries were really nice for keeping it running while you swapped them out for a new set.

I also have an IBM Thinkpad from 1999 that works fine too but it's only a 350MHz P2. Got years of very heavy use out of that one.

These were expensive notebooks at the time, in the several thousand dollar range. The Toshiba notebook I got recently for $400 blows them away in just about every way.
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We still have a functional laptop here circa 1997, Pentium 200... it has Win98SE on it, but it has a sticker on it saying designed for Win95. My mom used it up until probably May of this year...now it is sitting in a cabinet in the diningroom, I did use it some as recently as July just to see if it would work.
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I have
. a 1998 Compaq presario 1266, 300MHz/64MB/6GB, it's a Gentoo Linux system now and running OK as a router;
. a 1999 IBM ThinkPad 570, 333MHz/128MB/10GB, also a Gentoo Linux system with X, running OK, I still use it whenever I need serial port access.
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Where I used to work they had a Toshiba "laptop" that was the size of an electric typewriter. The thing was a monster.
Old 08-21-06, 02:44 PM
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I have an old IBM Thinkpad that I use purely as a 'dumb terminal' and VNC into my computer upstairs or my HTPC. Works fine
Old 08-21-06, 03:59 PM
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Fortunately work lets us change out every 2-3 years. However I still have some old ones around, one is one of the first laptops to ever have a DVD player (so maybe 10yo now) and it's still somewhat useable.... I put FreeBSD on it and use it for browsing.
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I've got a couple of 500mhz Vaio's at the office that we use for presentation displays in an emergency. Running Win2K, they're a bit slow at boot up, but still get the job done for the most part.

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