Digital HiNote 433
Digital Equipment Corp was famous of their mainframe computers, Unix workstations, Alpha processors and many ARM technologies, but not much of PCs. Digital manufactured PCs in their last years in 1990s, when mainframe and high-performance workstations were not selling well and DEC had to sell some divisions to other companies. This notebook is one of DECs PCs, a low-end small computer which could be used as for example office machine. It has grayscale LCD, 486SX 33MHz processor and small amount of onboard RAM expandable by modules. Digital made HiNote line of notebook computers, later it was continued by Compaq and then HP, as in 1998 Compaq bought remains of DEC, later being joined with HP.
|Year of unit||1994|
|Year of introduction||1994?|
|CPU||Intel 80486SX 33MHz|
|RAM||20MB (4MB OnBoard + 16MB SIMM)|
|Floppy Disk||3.5", 1.44MB|
|Graphics and display:||VGA-compatible greyscale LCD|
|Keyboard and pointing device:||PC keyboard without
numeric part, numeric part on letter keys.
Trackball (works as mouse with no specific driver needed).
|OS:||MS-DOS, Windows 3.x|
1 - Ground
|I/O:|| - Serial port
- Parallel port
- Dock connector
|Possible upgrades:||Memory by SIMM|
This laptop has SystemSoft BIOS with nice menu-driven semigraphical setup, and just boots OS from floppy, hard disk or even PCMCIA. No specific bugs or glitches found. Graphics card is VGA-compatible, trackball should work with Windows 3.x by default.
TO REMOVE BIOS BATTERY: Open keyboard, remove two screws, one near
trackball, one in ~straight line up near hinges. Open metal part which
starts where RAM socket is placed. Here it is. 4.8V rechargeable. May
Main battery here may leak too.