Compaq Contura

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The Compaq Contura was a line of notebook computers produced by Compaq Computer Corporation.

Contura series[edit]

The main Contura series included models 3/20, 3/25, 3/25c, 4/25, 4/25c, 4/25cx, 400, 400C, 400CX, 410, 410C, 410CX, 420C, 420CX, 430C, and 430CX. These were mid-size notebooks, not ultra-portable subnotebook computers. The "X" designation denoted an active matrix screen.

3/20[edit]

  • 386SL running at 20MHz
  • VGA monochrome display
  • 2MB of RAM
  • 40MB or 84MB hard disk
  • External trackball attached to the side of the laptop

3/25[edit]

  • 386SL running at 25MHz
  • VGA monochrome display
  • 4MB of RAM
  • 60MB or 120MB hard disk
  • External trackball attached to the side of the laptop

Contura Aero series[edit]

The Compaq Contura Aero 4/25 and 4/33c were among the earliest subnotebook computers that acted as a precursor to netbooks. They were released in 1994 and originally ran MS-DOS and Windows 3.1. They were also able to run Windows 95 after its release in 1995. They were similar to the Contura line of laptop computers but smaller. It is interesting to note that while the GPU can produce color, the datasheet for the device states it is incapable of producing color graphics.

4/25[edit]

  • i486SX-S (SL enhanced 486SX) running at 25MHz
  • passive matrix gray scale VGA display, 16 shades (640x480) high resolution, 64 shades (320x200) low resolution, color capable when using an external VGA monitor.
  • 4MB built-in memory, expandable to a maximum of 8MB or 12MB using an optional 4MB or 8MB Compaq branded module, or 20MB using a third party 16MB module.
  • 256KB video memory (512KB exists in the system, but is not accessible by the GPU.)
  • 84MB, 170MB or 250MB hard disk drive
  • 1 PCMCIA slot (Type II)
  • 1 ECP/EPP 1.9 capable parallel port
  • 1 RS-232 serial port (16550 UART)
  • 1.5 x 10.25 x 7.5 inches (3.8 x 26 x 19 cm)[1]

4/33c[edit]

  • i486SX-S (SL enhanced 486SX) running at 33MHz
  • passive matrix color VGA display, 16 colors (640x480) high resolution, 256 colors (320x200) low resolution
  • 4MB built-in memory, expandable to a maximum of 8MB or 12MB using an optional 4MB or 8MB Compaq branded module, or 20MB using a third party 16MB module.
  • 256KB video memory (512KB exists in the system, but is not accessible by the GPU.)
  • 84MB, 170MB or 250MB hard disk drive
  • 1 PCMCIA slot (Type II)
  • 1 ECP/EPP 1.9 capable parallel port
  • 1 RS-232 serial port (16550 UART)
  • 1.7 x 10.25 x 7.5 inches (4.3 x 26 x 19 cm)

List of Aero handhelds[edit]

  • Compaq Aero 1500 Palm-size PC[2]
  • Compaq Aero 2100 Color Palm-size PC[3]
  • Compaq Aero 8000 Handheld PC Pro[4]

This line of palm-sized PCs from Compaq was first succeeded by the Compaq C-Series[5] and then by the Aero 1550 Pocket PC.[6] The line of handheld devices starting from the Aero 1550 Pocket PC were finally moulded into the iPAQ line of handheld devices, which is currently handled by Hewlett-Packard, after their acquisition of Compaq.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Compaq Aero FAQ
  2. ^ Aero 1500 Quickspecs
  3. ^ Aero 2100 Quickspecs
  4. ^ Aero 8000 Quickspecs
  5. ^ C-Series Quickspecs
  6. ^ Aero 1550 Quickspecs