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C > COMPAQ > Portable III


This mini forum is intended to provide a simple means of discussion about the Compaq Portable III computer. If you want to share your own experience or memories, or add relevant information about this system: post a message!

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Tuesday 8th June 2021
Chad (USA)

I have this computer in working order except missing operating system, anyone interested?

Monday 14th September 2020

This was my first student computer and * was fond of it!
Who would be interested in it?

Tuesday 24th April 2018
Michael Harpe

That was also the machine that Network General used to build the first Ethernet sniffer. I worked with one of those back in the day.

Wednesday 18th October 2017
A Random American Person

Ah man I really want one of these.

Friday 11th August 2017
jim (america)

I have a working Compag Portable 3. is anyone looking to buy one ?

Thursday 5th January 2012
Pete (UK)

I have one of these, an early 286 with a 287 Co-Processor and it still works.

Wednesday 13rd April 2011

We had those for field test collecting measurementdata. The units we had started to smell burnt and sent out some puffs of smoke so do not leave it unattended......

Saturday 26th February 2011
Simon Lyne (UK)

boubik, the computer is probably having trouble finding the OS. You will probably find the HDD has died as it is over 20 years old. Or the HDD has some how become corrupt over the years. But I can only estimate from what you have stated.

Tuesday 10th August 2010
Josh Robertson

I''d love one of these! If I had a choice between a new iMac and one of these I''d chose the Compaq!

Thursday 23rd February 2006
boubik (Czech Republic)

Hi, i bought one few weeks ago - big luck, but it won't boot. After power-on it counts the memory and then stops - cursor is blinking and nothing more, could someone help?

Monday 28th March 2005
j4ck (us)

huh? the 286 isn't powerful enough to emulate an atari

Friday 4th March 2005
ashley dunham (grand junction colorado)

can anyone help me find an atari emulator for the intel 286? i cant seam to find one! thanks!

Friday 4th March 2005
Ashley (GJ, CO)

Jeff, download dos 3.1 off or another site and put it on a floppy, it shuld work

Friday 4th March 2005
Ashley (Grand Junction Colorado)

im geting one of these computers off ebay hopefully, i think its just a fun thing to learn dos with and play old games on, im thinkin about finding an atari emulator that will run on it and puting atari games on it, but i guess i can only hope for the best! wish me luck

Sunday 30th January 2005
Jesko (Germany)

"See the "Read More" page of the Compaq Portable 386 - Same Setup diskette as the Portable III"

Right, but this is not the needed "3.5 Inch Diskette" Version...

Here I found it:
(Oh- and you need a DD Disk...)

Monday 10th January 2005
Sylvain Bizoirre (old-computers)

See the "Read More" page of the Compaq Portable 386 - Same Setup diskette as the Portable III

Monday 10th January 2005
Jeff McCright (Kansas City, Missouri, USA)

Excellent system, although the system battery died on mine and I need the setup disk. Anyone know where I can find a copy?

Wednesday 22nd December 2004
Jakub Offierski (Delft, Holland)

After reading the review of this machine, I had to have it. And now I do. Very happy with it, though shame I could not obtain an expansion bay. Anyone know where to get these?

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