2.11.2019

New Video: The Sharp PC-5741, a 1990 DOS Laptop

Hi everyone,

I've had this computer in my collection for a while, and finally made a video showcasing it.

Ever wondered how to access the Internet (via a terminal emulator and a Raspberry Pi) with an old DOS laptop? Or what a picture taken on a '97 Sony Mavica MVC-FD7 looks like on a grayscale display?

Even if you didn't, you might find this look at "just another DOS laptop" enjoyable. I certainly had fun making the video.

If the above didn't work, the link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN5NhVM6g2M

(Side note: This was edited on a bottom-of-the-line Celeron-based Chromebook (the Asus C202SA), which I installed Linux on (GalliumOS, based on Xubuntu), in Kdenlive. The program may have crashed a few times, and it may have taken about 2 1/2 hours to render a 15 minute video (with a couple unfortunate glitches), but it's certainly way more than this humble Chromebook would have been able to hope for if it had its stock ChromeOS installed.)\



4 comments:

  1. That was pretty cool. I still have some of my old, and I do mean old, software. This would be a neat way to bring it back to life.

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    1. It certainly would! It's one of the main reasons I keep a Windows 7 PC on standby (Win7 HDD sitting in a drawer), since it's got the best compatibility for old games I liked to play back in the day.
      Thanks for watching!

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  2. Neat video. That is a nice old computer. Not many that old still work. I wonder if the unknown optional place for a port was for a PCMCIA card port. Until you mentioned Kermit I forgot all about one of the most popular programs from way back in the old days when 9600 baud was super fast.

    Good work.

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    1. Thanks Bill!
      I didn't realize PCMCIA cards were around back then.
      Side note: One thing I neglected in the video was to connect it to a monitor and try some games!
      (Maybe I'll make a short followup video later, but I did try it offline and given the lack of a PC speaker, they're not too fun to play.)

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