Toshiba Satellite T2150CDS
1995 was a year of starting multimedia era. Databases, e-books, knowledge banks and encyclopaedias were published on CD-ROM discs, allowing to store up to 700MB in one optical disc. To support multimedia technologies CD-ROM drive and sound card were needed, good video card for animation support was recommended. It was possible with VLB mainboard slot giving better video capabilities and wide variety of CD-ROM + sound card packages. Notebooks were small and had less expansion capabilities. Fortunately many companies developed multimedia-capable notebooks with CD-ROM drives, sound chips and color displays. Toshiba Satellite 2150 was one of these new multimedia notebooks. It has a 486DX4 processor clocked 75 or 100MHz, it had 4MB of RAM expandable by module up to 28MB and 520MB hard disk. It had built-in double-speed CD-ROM drive. This notebook works well with Windows 3.x and 95.
|Year of unit||1995|
|Year of introduction||1995|
|CPU||Intel 80486DX4, 100MHz|
|RAM||28MB (4MB Onboard, 24MB in module)|
|Floppy Disk||Only external, proprietary connector|
|Hard Disk||520MB IDE 2.5"|
|Other media||CD-ROM drive built-in|
|Graphics and display:||VGA 640x480 256-color LCD|
|Sound:||PC Speaker, Sound card|
|Keyboard and pointing device:||Small PC keyboard with numerical
pad on letter keys.
Trackpoint with 2 buttons as mouse.
Windows 95 (recommended if >=16MB of RAM present)
Built-in switching power supply
|I/O:|| - Serial port
- Parallel port
- VGA out
- Dock connector
- Speakers/Mic/Line in connectors
- 2x PCMCIA.
- PS/2 connector
- External 3.5" disk drive cable
|Possible upgrades:||Memory up to 28MB with proprietary modules.|
|Additional peripherals:||External floppy disk drive|
Well, this thing just boots to OS. To get to Setup you need to hold ESC key and power it on, it'll throw a keyboard error, hit F1 then and you're in Setup. It's quite simple, don't expect much settings.
There may be a problem with non-English keyboard layout as this Toshiba has ONLY left Alt key. To type for example with Polish keyboard you have to press Ctrl-Alt instead of Alt. tested in Windows 95.
|OS/2 drivers, Y2K patch, diagnostics|
|Win3.x and NT 3.x pack|
|Windows online User's Guide|
http://www.electronics.dit.ie/staff/bredmond/tosh486fix/index.shtml - Repairing bad capacitors - if your Toshiba behaves strange way or blinks LEDs. Apples to built-in power supply models too.