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The summer of 1995 was a significant turning point in the history of laptop computing. In August of that year Microsoft introduced windows 95..It was the first time that Microsoft had placed much of the power management control in the operating system. Prior to this point each brand used custom BIOS, drivers to optimize the battery life of its machines. This move by Microsoft was controversial in the eyes of laptop designers because it greatly reduced their ability to innovate; However, it did serve its role in simplifying and stabilizing certain aspects of notebook design. Windows 95 also ushered in the importance of the CD-ROM drive in mobile computing and initiated the shift to the Intel Pentium processor as the base platform for laptops. The Gateway Solo was the first laptop introduced with a Pentium processor and a CD-ROM. By also featuring a removable hard disk drive and floppy drive it was the first three-spindle (optical, floppy, and hard disk drive) laptop computer. The Gateway Solo was extremely successful within the consumer segment of the market. In roughly the same time period theIBM Thinkpad was reaching great success with Pentium-based two-spindle (hard disk and floppy disk drive) systems directed toward the corporate market.Many of these can be purchased on ebay for very low prices.



But buyers must realise the old get what you pay for, you will get a cheap laptop but anything from around 1995 can be very slow for todays standards.

Thinkpads are my choice when shopping for a cheap laptop and some of the later models are up to standards on par with todays desktop computers.Also ibm thinkpad laptops have for years now been produced with anti shock features,making purchase of second hand cheap laptops less of a worry as laptop computers tend to be knocked and bumped during thier lifetime.the thinkpad is a tuff little machine,and the prices they can be grabed for online make them worth the risk.I think to date I have purchased about 5 cheap laptop computers from ebay sellers 4 thinkpads and 1 toshiba , each one was exactly as described..I did get my moneys worth and have no complaints...I still have and use my cheap T23  700mhz p3 ,purchased for $70.00 plus postage and always there for my backup...Very cheap backup and great for times of no power or blackouts.And purchased at such low prices as ebay laptop auction they are not really something you need to stress about.If they get broken,Just remove the hard drive and all your info is ready to plug into the next cheap laptop you find..


As technology improved during the 90,the usefulness and popularity of laptops increased. Correspondingly prices went down. Several developments specific to laptops were quickly implemented, improving usability and performance. Improved battery technology. The heavy old batterys were replaced with lighter and more efficient technologies, to reduce the weight,Power-saving processors. While laptops in 1991were limited to the 8026 processor because of the energy demands of the more powerful 8036, the introduction of the intel 386SL processor, designed for the specific power needs of laptops, marked the point at which laptop needs were included in CPU design. The 386SL integrated a 386SX core with a memory controller and this was paired with an I/O chip to create the SL chipset. It was more integrated than any previous solution although its cost was higher. It was heavily adopted by the major notebook brands of the time. Intel followed this with the 486SL chipset which used the same laptops with the older style 486 chips are really not worth buying if you plan to use up to date software such as windows xp but are fine for basic computing or word processing  Intel had to abandon this design approach as it introduced its Pentium series. Early versions of the mobile Pentium required TAB mounting (also used in LCD manufacturing) and this initially limited the number of companies capable of supplying notebooks. However, Intel did eventually migrate to more standard chip packaging. One limitation of notebooks has always been the difficulty in upgrading the processor which is a common attribute of desktops. Intel did try to solve this problem with the introduction of the MMC for mobile computing. The MMC was a standard module upon which the CPU and external cache memory could sit. It gave the notebook buyer the potential to upgrade his CPU at a later date, eased the manufacturing process some, and was also used in some cases to skirt U.S. import duties as the CPU could be added to the chassis after it arrived in the U.S. Intel stuck with MMC for a few generations but ultimately could not maintain the appropriate speed and data integrity to the memory subsystem through the MMC connector. If you plan to buy a cheap laptop online it must have at least 64 megs of ram just to run windows xp .my T21 thinkpad is a bit slow with xp installed but was originaly designed for windows 98..adding extra ram solved this problem.