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Retro computing

I enjoy keeping computer history alive in two ways; emulating old software on new computers, and actually running old computers. Getting old software to run on old computers is actually more difficult than it sounds when you often lack the proper resources like floppy disks, so emulation is more popular.


Here's my Toshiba T3200 and T2135cs. From 1987 and 1995.


The T3200's specs are amazingly retro.

  • Processor: Intel 80286 - 12 MHz

  • Memory: 1024 KB

  • Diskette Drive: One built-in 3.5" 720 KB diskette drive

  • Hard Disk: A fast built-in 3.5" 40 MB (formatted capacity) hard disk

  • Display: High resolution EGA compatible gas plasma with variable contrast and variable brightness. Can display up to 4 gray scales. Display can also support CGA, Hercules, and 640 by 400 resolution

  • Keyboard: Sculptured 85 key with separate numeric keypad.Expansion slots: One full size 16/8 bit slot and one half size 8 bit slot

  • Operating System: MS-DOS 3.2

  • Weight: 8.5 kg

The T2135cs isn't new either.

  • Processor: 75 MHz Intel 486DX4 processor at 3.3 volts, with 16 KB cache

  • Memory: 8000 KB RAM and 1000 KB Video RAM

  • Hard Drive: 520 million byte at 25-45 Mb/s and 4200 RPM

  • Display: 10.4′’ Color Dynamic Super-Twisted Nematic LCD at 640 x 480 pixels with 256 colors

  • Battery: 6.8 pounds with a 2.5 hour NiMH battery

  • Operating System: Toshiba MS-DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.11 pre-installed


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