The original Gateway Handbook was a 286/12 with 1 meg of memory
and a 40 meg hard drive, CGA grade screen. (The 286 was a clone
as I recall, not a "real" 286). It has a comm port and a
"printer" port which is sort-of scsi. If you bought Gateway's
1.44 floppy, that had a printer pass-throgh and a com2 port on
the back of the floppy. It's quite a nice machine for dos type
programs. It uses a NIMH battery and came with a "case" that
hods 6 AA (nicad or alk).
My wife still uses hers...
They later offerred two 486 versions (different memory/HD sizes)
which included a built-in pointing device. Never saw one up close
so can't tell you much more than that.
Oh, we paid $1000 for the 286 one, w/out floppy drive, but with
a legal, full copy of Word Perfect 5.1 (other choice was Works 2.0)
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See my previous in this thread. 286, 12 mhz, cga grade display, one comm
port, 1 printer port, no floppy (it's a seperate external proprietery unit)
Good machine - my wife has one she uses daily for quite a while now, bought
from Gateway for $1000!!
I don't have the machine here. About 1 lb, probably a bit less.
Bigger than an HP200. Smaller than a Compaq Aero4/25.
NIMH batteries, and ours came with a loose-cell holder for 6 AA's.
The NIMH lasts 3 hours with power save off. 6 AA Duracell's last 5 under the same
External power is a small, light cube. cords on the 110 and dc side.
Uses a weird 6 pin connector, sort of a large ps2 mouse type
whats the # for $$ warehouse and do they have a catalog or add with what they
are selling in computer shopper?
Dave Hauss (dah...@cyberenet.net) wrote:
: what is the size of the unit as compared to the lexbook?
It's actually a little smaller footprint than the Lexbook, under 6 x 10
in., and weighs 2.75 pounds--plus the AC adapter and (I hope) the floppy
: with a 30mb hard
: drive, and a 286, I could run some good software. will this unit run more
: software then the lexbook will? is this a true 286? and can you expand the
: ram? (does it have pcmcia slots?)
No, the original handbook has no PCMCIA slots, and at 3MB of RAM it's
maxed out. It has a 40mb hard drive, but no, it won't really run much
software that the Lexbook won't--assuming you have that software loaded
onto a PCMCIA card for use in the Lexbook. The CPU is the same Chips &
Technologies unit in both-- it's really an 8086-compatible, though it runs
as fast as a 17 Mhz 286. Since there's no protected mode, you might
better think of it as the equivalent of a 60 Mhz 8086. You can't run
Windows in protected mode, for instance. Also, the screen on the Handbook
is 640x400 rather than VGA, and the aspect ratio is squashed-- not a good
unit for graphics-intensive applications.
The *big* question to ask Dollar Computer about these Handbooks is: "do
these have the factory floppy drive with them?" If not, it's not only
hard to load software, but you don't have a standard printer port on the
machine either. Gateway *did* supply an adapter to turn the non-standard
parallel port on the Handbook into a standard 25-pin parallel port. As
long as that adaper is present and working you're OK. But, if that
adapter is missing, and you don't have the factory floppy drive, you have
to use Laplink through the Handbook's serial port to get your work out of
the Handbook onto another computer if you want to print it. If you *do*
have the factory floppy drive, that has a standard parallel port and a
standard serial port on the back. At $299 with the floppy drive, assuming
everything works OK, this is a fairly good deal.
: whats the # for $$ warehouse and do they have a catalog or add with what they
: are selling in computer shopper?
I don't have the phone numbers handy, but there are two one-page ads in
Computer Shopper, one as Dollar Computer corporation, one as Dollar
Computer Corp. (abbreviated) with different toll-free numbers, but the