28 Feb 2008
Zenith Laptop

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It’s funny what you can find in the back of a closet. I think this Zenith ZFL-181-93 was my first laptop. It can still boot from both the DOS and Minix diskettes — not bad for a nearly 20-year-old machine. Next? Probably a Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer (CoCo).

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  1.  fraggle (1 comments)
    Posted 2009-12-31 at 00:34:34 | Permalink

    I picked one out of a thrift store today. It says disk error when booted. however i am using an FC Twin NES/SNES power cord instead of its original power cord.
    pressing CTRL + ALT + DEL makes it reboot.
    also pressing scroll lock takes it to some kind of bios screen where you can look at registries, test peripherals etc. Does It contain a hard disk drive, If so what operating systems can it support. The only disks I have are WINDOWS 3.1 and old mac 128k disks. I know it can support dos but what about windows?


    •  hornlo (19 comments)
      Posted 2009-12-31 at 05:52:55 | Permalink

      No hard disk. It uses 720K floppies, from prior to when the HD (high density) 1440K (1.44 MB) floppies took over completely. One of the BIOS utilities might format a disk for you — I don’t recall and don’t want to unpack mine right now to find out.

      Hmm. I don’t know if it would support any flavor of windows, what with that 64K maximum memory.

      Mine does boot DOS, and Minix (precursor to Linux). It might even boot some greatly minimized version of Linux.

      If you’re interested (email me to discuss), I’ll see if I can format a bootable disk and a minix set for you in exchange for some disks and a SASE.

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