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February 25, 2006, 5:33 pm
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Re: Toshiba Satellite 320 specs
I have made a small part time business out of refurbishing this vintage
of Toshibas and reselling them at hamfests.
The 300 to 335's were made with both dual-scan screens (CDS suffix) and
much more desireable TFT active matrix screens (CDT suffix). The
processors are Pentium [one] MMX's, as follows:
300/305 - 166MHz (std config was 16MB ram, 2 gig drive)
310/315 - 200MHz (std config was 32MB ram, 2 gig drive)
320/325 - 233MHz (std config was 32MB ram, 4 gig drive)
330/335 - 266MHz (std config was 32MB ram, 4 gig drive)
The standard memory is on the motherboard. All models also have an
SO-DIMM slot for additonal memory under the keyboard (to get to it,
remove the snap-in trim strip above the keyboard, starting on the right
side of the machine). These take EDO memory, it's available in 16, 32,
64 and 128 meg modules (which would be in addition to the standard
memory), however the 128 meg modules are hard to find and VERY
expensive. They use the "PA2487" series battery (or the identical but
higher capacity "PA3107" series), which is a superb lithium battery
(probably the most common Toshiba battery ever made, it was in
continuous use in hundreds of models of laptops from at least 1995 (if
not earlier) to at least 2003 (if not later).
These are truly great older machines. You can sometimes get them for as
little as $20 (not commonly, but sometimes) and the 320 and 330 are
actually powerful enough to run windows XP with 96 or 160 megs of
memory, but these are reasonable machines for office applications and
word processing in Windows 98 with as little as 48 megs of memory
installed. As older machines go, they are highly desireable.
The only upgrades possible are memory and disk, but that's usually
enough, the machines have pretty much everything else standard. They
have more port flexibility than even modern machines (they have serial,
parallel, PS/2, VGA, Infrared, USB and dual PC Card slots that support
Cardbus cards, plus built-in, no-swapping floppy and CD-ROM, and a
stereo sound system).
Interestingly, the 300 series came after the 400 series and is far
superior. It was superseeded directly by the early 4000 series (4000 to
4025), which are actually the exact same machines but with Pentium II's
and SDRAM memory instead of Pentium MMX's and EDO memory.
The real gem of the 300 and early 4000 series is the 4020/4025 (only
made as a CDT). It's a 300MHz Pentium II with SDRAM and an active
matrix XGA (1024x768) screen. Sometimes you can even find these "cheap"
(as low as $30's), and they can run XP surprisingly well.
All Toshiba models ending in "5" are the same as the corresponding model
ending in "0" except for the software that was initially loaded onto the
hard drive. That is, electrically, a 330CDT is identical to a 335CDT,
etc. That continues even to this day (e.g. a current production A100 is
the same hardware as an A105).