Toshiba Tecra series: Personal opinion page
Some people have asked via e-mail about my personal opinion regarding
the Toshiba Tecra 710CDT laptop and whether I would buy it again or
something else. This does not belong in the technical and (hopefully)
therefore I put my personal opinion on this seperate page.
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My opinion, tips for buying etc.
I'm quite content with the laptop: It has PCI, a fast processor
and good graphics. If you have the money, like the stick for mouse
replacement, and want to get a pretty much state-of-the-art laptop,
this device might be for you.
Nevertheless, there are a few things I don't like:
- You can only have the CD-ROM internal and the floppy external, not
vice versa if you want to use both of them. Floppy internal alone
works, of course.
- The Tecra 710CDT, 720CDT, and 730CDT comply with IrDA 1.0 only and
are therefore limited to 115 Kbps via the infrared link.
- The TFT display on the laptop here has one broken transistor. Not
fatal, but sometimes very annoying. If you buy one, have it
demonstrated before buying. Make a black screen (for example, MS-DOS
mode, `cls`) then search for any spots. Afterwards, make a white
screen and do the same. Toshiba says that their specs to their TFT
supplier say that up to 12 (!) transistors can be broken. An article
in the 10/96 issue of the German computer magazine "c't" reports that
for 640x480 displays, Toshiba will replace the laptop if 10 pixels are
constantly lit or 10 can't be lit. For 800x600 displays, the numbers
are 15 constantly lit or 12 never to be lit.
- Although Linux runs fine on the Toshiba Tecra laptops so far,
keep in mind that Toshiba does not support Linux, i.e. it is
useless to ask them questions about running Linux on their laptop,
so you're doomed
if you encounter a problem like I did with booting bzImage kernels and
can't fix it yourself. Most of the internals of their chips and even
the names seem to be "secrets", so I guess if it's a Toshiba
home-grown chip you need a driver for, you're off disassembling Win95
Linux on the Toshiba Tecra series