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Hrm, this little lappy took a 256M dimm just fine and is all responsive and happy.

'cept I forgot I had one here, and ordered the supported size of 128M.

I guess I can resell that and the 32 on ebay, though I don't know. Should I really be beefing up this laptop? I mean, it will either sell on ebay, or it will be a spare for home.
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What are the specs and which wireless ethernet adapter will it accept?

For wireless ethernet, it will only take PCMCIA. Not a BIG deal though, just eats more battery.

PII 333, 32M onboard + 32M in slot (128 on the way), IR, serial, parallel, usb, full duplex 16 bit stereo, DVD internal, 800x600 (1024 on the vga port), 1 type2 PCMCIA slot, 6.4g drive (supports up to 30g). It's running win98 with curent patches, but if I sell off the 128 and the 32 and buy a 256 module, I might reload with XP home or win2k pro.

There's a DVD decoder card, but the dongle is MIA with the port replicator and the external floppy drive. There's a book and a case for it.

It's pretty nice, though there is a 1px wide vertical line in the center of the screen that is only visible on black. I think it's a driver issue from me fuxxoring with the drivers earlier, but I haven't reloaded to see for sure.

how much if you're getting rid of it?

Not sure.
I'm supposed to hear from my uncle in a day or two whether he can find the dock, dongle (Dangle in the documentation though) and diskette drive.

I already ordered the 128M module which was $30, though I should have waited since it'll take 256.

so A) do you want/need the 128M module, or would you shell out the $80 to get a 256?
B) would you want to forgo the DVD decoder, floppy and port replicator?

As is, I was thinking roughly $200ish, mas o menos.

How does that sound? I also need to clear with the Weef, since she seemed to have some minor call to it since it's pretty rockin.

I'm pretty sure the primary use will be covert wireless access so as much ram as possible will be good. Checked pricewatch on the RAM? DVD decoding and port replication is interesting, but not necessary. I'm thinking I might need the external floppy. Do you know if/which linux installation it will hold?

Not sure. It's NeoMagic for video and audio.
External floppy is of the panasonic parallel port variety. Could definitely be added on. Haven't checked PW because invariable, chip specs are missing or mislabelled. This thing needs 16x8M chip allignment I believe, though I dunno, I put in a 16x16 128M last night and it worked barring being too large to close the memory cover.

The biggest thing is that it won't take 2" SODIMMS. It needs the slightly shorter ones, which is probably why 16x8 is required. General price I've seen for 16x8 256M 144pin pc66 = about $75. pc133 works fine, just at pc66 speeds, and the price is the same or better for the faster memory.

I haven't tried linux on it. I'm fond of debian though. I'm sure it's old enough to be all cool.

Since I haven't heard back about the dock/floppy, I'd probably be ok selling the system for $175.

Not sure. It's NeoMagic for video and audio.
External floppy is of the panasonic parallel port variety. Could definitely be added on. Haven't checked PW because invariable, chip specs are missing or mislabelled. This thing needs 16x8M chip allignment I believe, though I dunno, I put in a 16x16 128M last night and it worked barring being too large to close the memory cover.

The biggest thing is that it won't take 2" SODIMMS. It needs the slightly shorter ones, which is probably why 16x8 is required. General price I've seen for 16x8 256M 144pin pc66 = about $75. pc133 works fine, just at pc66 speeds, and the price is the same or better for the faster memory.

I haven't tried linux on it. I'm fond of debian though. I could burn a current Knoppix disc and boot to be sure, but I'm sure it's old enough to be well supported.

Since I haven't heard back about the dock/floppy, I'd probably be ok selling the system for $175.

Which RAM Sticks do you currently have/on the way and what is the max the motherboard will allow?

Currently it has 32M onboard and 32M 144pin SODIMM.
I have a 128M on the way, but am OK reselling it on eBay.
Officially it supports the 128M dimm.
Really, I put in a 256M and it was stable and very happy at 288M total.
The memory count has a digit place for 1g, but I don't know that it supports the 512 modules since I don't have one to test.
The memory type is a standard PC66, 144pin SO DIMM, and narrower than 2". PC100 and PC133 works ok at slower speed.



Excellent. What is the manufacturer/model?

Gateway Solo 3150. Still alot of specs on the gateway site though a couple of links are stale. I don't have the S/N with me, which would tell you what came with it.

It's in great, clean shape.
I've made 2 repairs to it.
1) Upgraded heat-sink compound from a foamy fabric to a good silver oxide goo.
2) repaired the lid-close button so now instead of being super super sensitive, it's just slightly oversensitive.

Other caveats
I found that the machine will work with the oversized dimms in it, but you can't close the memory cover without making it suceptible to gentle-touch-reboots.

The 128 I got in the mail is a 2" and won't fit in right. http://www.coastmemory.com has the right parts though. It'd be nice to test with a 512 just to see. :)

After I updated the Win98 drivers, I realized I broke them (old version, incomplete install) so the very center 1 px line, if on black background in windows, will show magenta. This doesn't show in DOS, so it seems to be a driver issue.

The bag seems to be a custom fit and is nice.

I'll probably end up wiping it and putting Win2K on it. There appear to be different versions of the Solo 3150 with the only difference being the memory size. The part of the site that has the specs is down, but it's something like SoloSL or ES or something. So a 512 might work okay. I can do 175. I need to pay off the rest of the bills for the month so my cashflow works out. It'll have to be before the 26th so I can play with it a little before First Saturday. They've been having rental trailers chock full of wireless equipment. Do you know what state the battery is in?

Not sure on battery. It charged up and holds a charge. I'll put it in winders and leave it running to see how long it takes to die w/o power save.

Laptop battery perf...

It was at zero charge when I got it, and it'd been sitting unused for months. I charged it up solid and left it plugged in for days.

It takes about 4 hours in use to charge up. It's faster when it's off.

The fan is a little loud when it's at full speed (aka in bios, and when it's hot) but really quiet otherwise.

Being 64m, it took a little bit to boot, and then I started a NAV 2004, max heuristics, full system scan (aka, near full CPU load, with constant disk activity)

Any time the screen blanks, I reactivate it.

At boot, it was at 94%
At 23 mins, it's at 84% and it's still in the cabs
At 30 mins it's at 72%
At 40 mins, its at 65% and it's in smaler files
At 46 mins, the fan kicked in
At 47 mins, 60%
At 53 mins, 55%, fan still running
At 1 hour, 48%
At 1:10 = 39% (first warning per my configs)
at 1:12, the fan spun down and the scan completed and it promptly suspended.
In win98, I couldn't figure out how to unsuspend and I ended up powering it off and plugging it in for recharge.

It seems to be doing pretty well. I'd guess about 1:45 of usable life under heavy load. Of course, it'll be better with more memory and less swapping, or under average or lighter loads. The rated life is 3-3.5 hours under average load. I think that's hopeful, but I think you could expect 2.5 hours usable.

I know wireless cards are supposed to be a bit of a load, but I don't know how much. My wireless isn't working, so I didn't test power drain on that.

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