YEAR: 1989



 The LTE was introduced in 1989 and was one of the first models to be the size of a notebook, thus the term “notebook computer”, the LTE model name was considered to mean “Lite” as a reference to the LTE’s small size and weight of only 3.0kg. The specifications of theLTE/286 was very impressive at its time of release, which proved it to be more successful that it’s competitors. The competing laptops from NEC and Toshiba only had 720KB Floppies and no internal hard drive, the one downside was that it used a blue backlit plasma CGA (Colour Graphics Adapter) display with a resolution on 640 x 200 or (80 x 25 lines) compared to 640 x 480 grayscale LCD but seriously, come on the back light on these were blue, Four shades of grey? I don’t think so, these little baby’s pumped out 4 shades of blue!

The Compaq LTE286 laptop has to be one of my favorite retro laptops that I own

    Restoring this machine to its initial glory is going to be one of the toughest projects I had. Continue reading about the restoration…
Processor: Intel 80C286 microprocessor 12.0 MHz operating speed
Memory: 640kB RAM standard
Expandable to 4 mB using proprietary memory cards
Drive: 40 mB HDD
Manufacturer: Compaq /27 years ago
STORAGE 1 x 1.44 mB 3.5″ floppy disk drive
GRAPHICS Monochrome CGA 640 x 200 display (80/40 x 25 lines, 4 shades of gray) with separate CGA video output. User adjustable brightness and contrast
SOUND PC speaker
POWER Original AC Power Adapter, no NiCd Battery pack
OS \ Others OS DOS 3.0 \ System Manuals, missing Diagnostic and User Program diskettes
Weight Approx. 6.7 pounds

Useful links:

Manuals and Guides

Restore, Repair

Some add from October 23rd 1989:


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