[vcf-midatlantic] Compaq LTE 5280 5300 - Requesting assistance

Tony Bogan tony.bogan at vcfed.org
Tue Oct 19 02:12:39 UTC 2021

Russell, welcome aboard! Was good seeing you and your family at VCF East last weekend, I’m glad we were able to meet in person so many years after our first meeting.

This is the place to go for help. Great people on here with a wealth of knowledge and skills to help with your problem.
(Unfortunately I’m not one of them! ;-)

Thanks for joining the list. Hopefully you’ll be able to make a future workshop and get to meet some more of the great people involved with the Vintage Computer Federation.

Tony Bogan

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> On Oct 18, 2021, at 9:52 PM, Russell LeChard via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> Good Evening VCF East,
> I'm new to this group(but not to IT in general [30 years experience ]) I
> love vintage computers. I'm also in the process of restoring several
> vintage notebooks. Two in particular are Compaq LTE 5280 and 5300 models.
> Both have moderate problems. The 5280 is the better model. I'm trying to
> salvage parts from both to make one good system. I need to replace the
> Multifunction bay(Floppy/CD-ROM), hard drive bay, and battery bay from the
> 5280 with the floppy, hard drive, and battery from the 5300.
> Here is my problem, I'm unable to eject these components from the bays in
> the 5280. The release buttons seem to be locked and won't slide all the way
> forward.  There are supposedly locking screw holes on the bottom of the
> unit, but there are no screws in them( they were already missing when I
> obtained them second hand.) I'm very much stuck! LOL
> I also have Cerebral Palsy with mobility and dexterity issues (I have one
> good arm/hand to work with. This makes the disassembly of this notebook
> even more problematic.
> This system will be for myself for early/mid 90's DOS games BTW.
> I spoke to another VCF East member and they suggested I send a message out
> to the group with this request. I'm in the Toms River, NJ area and I'd even
> be willing to discuss reasonable compensation(or a trade for other vintage
> systems( I have others and vintage spare parts)) for someone with the
> expertise in the Compaq LTE 5000 series for their time and effort. Let me
> know. Thank you in advance.
> Take Care,
> Russell LeChard

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