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Volume 003, Number 001, 10 Aug 1998

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  1. Testing the water for Poqet PC prices by Peter Vieth <Fitek@xxxxxxxx>
  2. Malfunction Question by John Klein/Edward Rapka/Courtney Hassinger <kleinadv@xxxxxxxx>
  3. RE: Malfunction Question by MOY, WILLIAM <BMOY@xxxxxxxx>
  4. RE: Malfunction Question by John Klein/Edward Rapka/Courtney Hassinger <kleinadv@xxxxxxxx>

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Testing the water for Poqet PC prices by Peter Vieth <Fitek@xxxxxxxx>


From: Peter Vieth <Fitek@xxxxxxxx>
Subject: Testing the water for Poqet PC prices
Date: Sun, 09 Aug 1998 18:08:31 -0700
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I have two extra Poqets left, I'd like to maybe sell them so I can buy
parts for the remaining Poqet. Both are new in wrapping w/ manuals.
Right now I'd like to see how much I could get for them.

--
Peter Vieth
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Web page: http://www.netcom.com/~Fitek/index.html




Malfunction Question by John Klein/Edward Rapka/Courtney Hassinger <kleinadv@xxxxxxxx>


From: John Klein/Edward Rapka/Courtney Hassinger <kleinadv@xxxxxxxx>
Subject: Malfunction Question
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 1998 09:09:20 -0700
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I went to use my Poqet the other day, and, since it had been on the shelf
several months, the batteries were again dead. But this time, after
replacing them and resetting, only garbage came up on the screen:
horizontal lines of varying thickness. In addition, it's now emitting a
kind of buzzing sound, except during keypresses.

Apparently DOS is loading; typing DIR makes the sounds of a directory
being read, but nothing prints. I tried new batteries, resetting, even
giving the thing a few sharp raps. Same results. Loading GWBASIC stops
the buzzing sound, and a cursor appears amid the garbage, but still no
response.

Anybody got any ideas/experience with such a problem? I'm willing to try
to crack the thing open to do any simple tests/repairs, but at this point
haven't a clue to what happened.

Edward




RE: Malfunction Question by MOY, WILLIAM <BMOY@xxxxxxxx>


From: "MOY, WILLIAM" <BMOY@xxxxxxxx>
Subject: RE: Malfunction Question
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 1998 12:49:12 -0400
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Edward,

Are you resetting the Poqet by pressing the cold-boot button (between
BackSpace and Scr Lk)?  How about cold-booting with the LCD screen
positioned at various angles to test the cable ribbon, perhaps proper
contact can be achieved in another angle.

Another experiment I would do is hook it up to a PC with PQLink to see
if access to drives C:, A:, and B: is functioning normally and probably
try to transfer a file.  Using MSDOS Interlnk/Intersvr may be another
option.

Also, before that,  I think I would try cold-booting the Poqet without
any SRAMs in the unit.

Another question I would like to have answered is: Is there a way of
using the Poqet in conjunction with an external monitor or LCD laptop,
CGA of course?		-Bill

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	John Klein/Edward Rapka/Courtney Hassinger
> [SMTP:kleinadv@xxxxxxxx]
> Sent:	Monday, August 10, 1998 12:09 PM
> To:	poqetpc@xxxxxxxx
> Subject:	Malfunction Question
> 
> I went to use my Poqet the other day, and, since it had been on the
> shelf
> several months, the batteries were again dead. But this time, after
> replacing them and resetting, only garbage came up on the screen:
> horizontal lines of varying thickness. In addition, it's now emitting
> a
> kind of buzzing sound, except during keypresses.
> 
> Apparently DOS is loading; typing DIR makes the sounds of a directory
> being read, but nothing prints. I tried new batteries, resetting, even
> giving the thing a few sharp raps. Same results. Loading GWBASIC stops
> the buzzing sound, and a cursor appears amid the garbage, but still no
> response.
> 
> Anybody got any ideas/experience with such a problem? I'm willing to
> try
> to crack the thing open to do any simple tests/repairs, but at this
> point
> haven't a clue to what happened.
> 
> Edward
> 


RE: Malfunction Question by John Klein/Edward Rapka/Courtney Hassinger <kleinadv@xxxxxxxx>


From: John Klein/Edward Rapka/Courtney Hassinger <kleinadv@xxxxxxxx>
Subject: RE: Malfunction Question
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 1998 16:14:44 -0700
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At 12:49 PM -0400 on 8/10/98, MOY, WILLIAM wrote:
> Another experiment I would do is hook it up to a PC with PQLink to see
> if access to drives C:, A:, and B: is functioning normally and probably
> try to transfer a file.  Using MSDOS Interlnk/Intersvr may be another
> option.

Now that's an idea. I can use the serial cable to link it to my Amiga,
although I'll have to type in the COM settings blind to pipe the I/O to a
terminal program. I've got a hunch, though, the problem is a zapped chip
in the Poqet. Last time I used it was in December and winter's the worst
time for static discharges. The list archives suggest the Poqet is prone
to such. I also tried fiddling with the screen cable (no visible kinks or
damage) but the problem remains.

Thanks for the advice!

Edward R






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