This infernal machine was the bane of my existence this weekend.
Bastards at Toshiba made a laptop in 2003 that requires either a PCMCIA CD-ROM (which are nowhere to be found), or a Toshiba-branded USB CD-ROM drive to be bootable. "Generic USB CDs" don't work. This caused me to have to drive from Decatur, IL to Springfield, IL and back to pick up my USB floppy. I then had to download a special boot image (a hacked one, at that), to allow it to find the USB CD Drive. Plus, once it -did- find it, I had to install XP from DOS. Pretty sucky bullshit if you ask me; I have older P3 based laptops that support booting from USB-CDROM drives.
So, I'm filled with hate and disdain for Toshiba in general right now....but there is one saving grace to this system: despite being 4 years old, it still gets 2 hours of battery life... and it's damned thin.
As it is though, this purchase hasn't been a happy one, when I got the unit, it was messing screws (if you look really closely on the bottom, I'm missing 4 screws)...and the hdd cover was taped on (I transplanted screws to keep it in). The hdd wasn't secured well, which I don't know if it was the fault of the seller or just a design flaw, but I got some rubber feet that are to keep lamps and stuff from scuffing wooden tables, and now have the drive basically suspended in rubber between the hdd cover and the chassis bottom.
But, specs on the bastard:
Pentium M ULV 1.0ghz (Banias)
512mb RAM (upgradeable to 1.25gb)
30gb hdd (it was advertised as a 40gb, I'm going to email the seller and ask for either the proper drive, or a decent partial refund)
802.11b (I'm going to look for an 802.11G card to put in here; the 2200BG works, but my 2100b didn't work in the system I pulled the 2200BG out of)
Trident M4-XP32 32mb videocard
2 USB 2.0
PCMCIA (dummy card absent, I put a 16mb CF card & adapter in there just to fill the blank spot)
Intel 10/100 Ethernet
56k V.90 modem
2 hours battery life
It makes a great GPS, and once I get the hdd issue dealt with, will either run a VMWare machine full time, or pull GPS duty full time.