A tale of 2 Tecra's (8xxx) Bit of a ramble

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Well , after siniping on eBay for months, I got a Toshiba Tecra 8000 for less than $100. It's the
older 266Mhz model. Came with 192 Meg memory and 10 Gig HD. Win XP Pro installed.

H-m-m-m, after using it for about 9 months I got to worrying., What if It croaks. These things are
so expensive to repair. Well I lurked arround on eBay again and put a bid on a Tecra 8100. ( More
than twice as fast, twice the max memory 12 Gig HD and a DVD -R). Damn, ( not a good damn), I got it
for $140 plus shipping.

If I knew then what I know now - - -, The 8100 seems way flimsier in construction. Came with 256 Meg
memory and Win XP Pro installed. In spite of having a 600 Mhz processor compared to the 8000's 266,
I don't see any significant difference in speed running aplications. Wait 'till I try running
nesticle ( a Nintendo game system emulator) using DosBox ( a DOS emulator for running DOS programs
under Win XP). Running an emulator within an emulator, that should separate the snails from the

Anyway getting back to it, If I was going to buy another laptop, I'd get the 400 Mhz Tecra 8000 and
live with the 256 Meg memory maximum. I just like the way it's built  better.

The only things I use them for is old games ( like the old Nintendo RPG's and DOS RPG's), Reading
e-Books in Lit file format and listening to mp3 old time radio shows. So It's not Like I need
anything state of the art.

Now that I've got them both here, what I plan to do is store one of them away to keep as a backup
and use the other to death then swap the best parts into the other one and use THAT one to death. By
the time they've both died I expect that I'LL have kicked the big one.

What I've been dithering about is which to store for later. Technically the 8100 ia a better machine
but I like the 8000 better. So the plan is to store the 8000 and when the 8100 dies, swap some of
the memory and the DVD into the older machine.

Did I mention that I l-o-o-o-ve this old Tecra? If both these babies die and I still have a use for
one, I'll be looking for a well preserved old 8000.

American Product Design and Engineering:
  If it doen't work - fix it.
  If there's absolutely nothing wrong and it works perfectly Then It's SERIOUSLY broke and needs a
total redesign.

Re: Favorite old machine (was: A tale of 2 Tecra's)

The machine that I love is the Satellite 4020CDT (or 4025).  It's a
Pentium 2 at 300MHz with a 13" XGA screen, and it has everything built
in:  USB (yes, it has USB), CD, floppy, serial, parallel, PS2.  In a
relatively small (although a bit thick) form factor, and it uses the old
2487 batteries that are just great.  The only drawback, it has a memory
max of only 160MB.  It uses the old BX chipset, too, which was a great
chipset.  And best of all, they can be had cheap, in the past 2 weeks
I've picked up two of them for under $30 (shipping costs almost that much).

I have a Tecra 8000 also, and I may even want to sell it (it has the
large 14" screen and I think a 300MHz CPU), but except for the upper
memory limit, I like the Satellite 4020CDT a lot better.

Larry LaMere wrote:

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Re: A tale of 2 Tecra's (8xxx) Bit of a ramble

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Yes, I like the 8000 series - there is something appealing about that
slightly plumb coloured casing, and its form. The 8000 is based on similar
technology to the early IBM Thinkpad 600 series but its build quality does
not compare so well - the 600's keyboard is excellent, and it just feels
better quality that suggests it will take more abuse. If I were to go for a
similar machine, then I would tend to lean towards the 600 even though it
doesn't look as friendly as the 8000 - for the same spec they can both be
found for a similar price.

One thing I've never really liked about the 8000, is the fan can be rather
noisy due to its small size and fast rotation speeds.

Alex Quant

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