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Fujitsu Lifebook 280dx

My Fujitsu Lifebook 280dx (added to my collection in 2017)

I had bought one of these BRAND NEW in late 1997 (xmas time), in fact it was the one and only “NEW retail” computer I ever bought, I regrettably sold it on ebay after upgrading to a Pentium 3 laptop, so I bought this one recently.  It replaced the Zeos 486 laptop I had prior.

  • Pentium W/MMX 233mhz
  • 96MB RAM (maxed out, 32MB was stock)
  • 4GB Sandisk uSATA SSD in PATA adapter (originally 3.2GB mechanical HD)
  • 12″ DSTN 800×600 display (awful, but I could not afford a TFT screen)
  • 24X CD-ROM (my original had a swappable Zip 100 drive too)
  • ESS Audio – Nearly 100% Sound Blaster compatible
  • Floppy Drive
  • 56kFlex modem (competing standard to V90/92, so this never connected faster than 38.4k)


This laptop was utterly destroyed in shipping, the seller basically tossed it loose fitting in a box.  I had to glue up A LOT of internal plastic supports, the display latch, and it even broke an inductor/choke off the LCD backlight inverter PCB that I had to re-solder.  I am claiming victory, I have it working and in one piece again.