using Windows 98 SE on Toshiba Satellite 305 CDS

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Hello, all,
   I just replaced Windows 95 with Windows 98 SE on my laptop, and it's
running more slowly.  Does anyone know if the Satellite 305 CDS is
designed specifically for Windows 95 and would not perform well on more
advanced versions of Windows?  Also, do you know if the RAM is
expandable past 80 mB.
     Ken Lederman

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There are a number of modifications in the basic installation of Win9x
that will optimize speed.  This site has a list: Defragging the HD is an
important step, even with a new installation.  Disabling the Active
Desktop provides a noticeable performance improvement.


Re: using Windows 98 SE on Toshiba Satellite 305 CDS

98 runs slower than 95 on any given machine; there is just a lot more
code there (especially after you do the upgrades with IE6, etc.)

RAM is not ECONOMICALLY expandable beyond 80MB.  You can get 128 meg
modules but they are very expensive (over $50).

That is a great series of machines, but you have the worst model of that

300/305 166MHz (the only model with only 16MB on the motherboard)
310/315 200MHz (this and all faster have 32mb on the motherboard)
320/325 233MHz
330/335 266MHz

And continuing, these are still essentially the same machine:

4000/4005 - Pentium II 233MHz
4010/4015 - Pentium II 266MHz

And the best machine of all in this series:

4020/4025 - Pentium II 300MHz with an XGA (1024x768) screen

Note, the 4000 series machines use SDRAM memory instead of EDO wrote:

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Re: using Windows 98 SE on Toshiba Satellite 305 CDS

Thanks for the advice.  I'll be expanding the computer's memory to
128mB at a nearby shop soon.  They're charging $48 for the memory and
$75 to install.

I've also downloaded and printed the Windows98 tips and have made the
suggested registry change to disable the active desktop.  Right now,
I'm trying to determine how much of a performance improvement it


Re: using Windows 98 SE on Toshiba Satellite 305 CDS

If you buy the memory, save the $75 installation fee and install it

Installing the memory takes 30 seconds, no tools, not even a screwdriver:

-There is a plastic trim strip above the keyboard (just above the
function keys_.  It is removed by prying it up from the "notch" on the
right end of the trim strip (on the right SIDE of the laptop, actually).
  It just snaps in, no tools or screws.  It helps slightly if when
installing and removing it you tilt it slightly counter-clockwise as you
would look at the laptop from the right side (e.g. looking at the PC
Card slots, lift up on the trim strip and also twist it slightly

Once the trim strip is removed, you can lift up the keyboard.  No need
to disconnect it, just lift it up and set it down over the palmrest area
of the laptop (all of this with the laptop turned off and the battery
removed, of course).

The memory socket is under the keyboard.  Install the memory.

Put the keyboard back.  Put the trim strip back.  Done.

Now, some other comments:

I would not put $50 into a 305CDS.  Rather, I would buy a 320 or 330 CDT
(that's any of 4 models:  320CDT, 325CDT, 330CDT, 335CDT).  It's the
exact same machine, but with 32 megs onboard instead of 16 megs, with a
233 or 266 MHz CPU instead of 166MHz, and with an active matrix TFT LCD
screen instead of the dual-scan DSTN screen.  Then sell your 305CDS on
E-Bay.  Now, if you want to, put the memory upgrade into the newer
laptop.  You can also just directly transfer your hard drive from the
old machine to the new machine before selling the old machine.  You will
have a hugely better laptop, and the net cost (after you sell your old
machine, will be minimal.  Sometimes you can get these machines for
under $30, although the typical prices are higher.

If you really want to live, look for a 4020CDT or 4025CDT, the best
machines in this series.  These are Pentium II's (300MHz) with larger
XGA 1024x768 LCD screens and they use much faster and cheaper SDRAM
memory, but they are otherwise the same machines also. wrote:
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