Toshiba Tecra 8100
This is a typical business-oriented notebook from
early 2000s. Tecra 8100 was released in 2001 as a business computer. It
was designed to be reliable, have good screen visibility and nice
keyboard. There are no wonders inside: Pentium III processor, clocked at
600 or 650MHz and 128MB of RAM in two 64MB SODIMMs. Tecra 8100 had no
touchpad - only Trackpoint. It has two quite nice speakers (as comparing
to today laptop's speakers) and some smart tricks which made Toshiba
notebooks nice to use. 6 or 12GB hard disk (some models had 20GB)
allowed to work with Windows 98 or NT, but my Tecra has Windows 2000
license sticker too.
Tecra 8100 has no network card, as in 2001 there were still different computer network standards. A card in PCMCIA slot may be used to connect Tecra to Internet.
|Year of unit||2002|
|Year of introduction||2001|
|CPU||Intel Pentium III 650MHz|
|Floppy Disk||None (3.5" external or in a bay)|
|Hard Disk||12GB or 20GB|
|Other media||CD/DVD drive in a bay|
|Graphics and display:||1024x768x24-bit LCD TFT, 14.1" 4:3 screen|
|Keyboard and pointing device:||Small PC keyboard without numeric
1 - Ground
|I/O:|| - 2x PCMCIA
- VGA (15-pin)
- Dock connector
- Serial port
- Parallel port
|Possible upgrades:||Memory, modem module may be replaced.|
|Additional peripherals:||Power supply unit.|
Personally I use my unit as primary Windows 98 notebook, for example
for connecting serial port to other microcomputers or driving the EPROM
programmer in field. For this application it's still excellent. In fact
it is quite durable, more than many current notebooks.
In the second unit I had Haiku operating system and when it required at least 128MB of RAM it worked well (except some minor problems with graphics chip).
What I don't recommend is Linux - There are problems with PCMCIA, and you need PCMCIA to connect to Internet (thee's no network card built-in), sometimes graphics may go bad too.
Select "Archived files"->Tecra->Tecra 8xxx->Tecra 8100->PT810e to
http://www.toshiba.co.uk/innovation/download_manuals.jsp - The same thing for manual. Not exactly PDF, but an online documentation to run on Your Tecra.