|1995 NEC Versa V/50C|
BUILT:5/1995, NEC Technologies, Japan
BOUGHT:E-bay, 3/2021, Some Computer Shop on the East Coast
STATUS:Broken, will not power on, shows battery status and refuses to power up, shorted by bad HDD
CHASSIS:NEC Versa V-series Chassis
PSU:NEC 4401 PSU, 3800mah 7.2v NEC NiMH Battery
MoBo:NEC Versa V-series Planar with 50MHz CPU Board and V/E Power Board
CPU:Intel 486 DX2 SL 50MHz (25MHz Bus)
RAM:20MB, 4MB on Board, 16MB Memory Card
FDD:1.44MB 3.5" FLoppy Drive, NEC, Versa V/E/Ultralite
HDD:80GB ATA-133 w/ Seagate DDO w/ CD-ROM Boot capability
OPT:52x CD-RW Drive in VersaDock
GFX:WD90C24 1MB SVGA Graphics LCD Controller w/ NEC NL6448AC30-10 9.4" LCD Panel
NET:PCMCIA WiFi (Cisco/Lucent), or Ethernet on Docking Station
This was the last of the Versas that I bought (as of this page's creation) and I only paid $15.00 for it, untested, as/is, because it did not have RAM, Hard Disk, or a battery. I built it up toward the middle of 2021 with little fanfare and almost nothing to add to a build-log for it and took it to work to use as a "Sandbox" for virused files, and as a general internet research workstation on my lunch break (Tehtered to my phone). What eeventually happened though is I got a promotion so I took it home again and accidentially blew it up clearing old Versa hard disks for e-bay as of this writing. The problem is likely either an open circuit or dead short somewhere in the circuit caused by whatever shorting happened during the hard disk accident. So this will be another one to take Dr Creepingnet's board-level repair service. Either way, I"m starting to get pretty good at soldering surface-mount components with an over-powered iron with a chisel tip....sometimes the key is "proximity".
The Versa V/50 has always been a real problem for me (in online communications) since I started documenting these laptops three years ago, that's the real problem with this laptop. People often cite the E-series as a V-series because either some mis-guided salesman back in the 1990's called it a Versa V, or maybe that was a way sales people were pulling a fast one on the manufacturer to cut people a good deal back in the 90's. The truth is, and what should be obvious - if you look at the 40EC page - is that the latch on the V-series is entirely different, as is the palm wrest. The top of the laptop CURVES rather than has the top 3rd of an Octagon, and the latch is lever integrated into the screen rather than a button integrated above the trackball. I think the biggest problem is the E-series Versa lacks any sort of Versa "E" branding on it, it just has blank metal nameplates that say "Versa" on them and nothing more, whereas a Versa V has "Versa V/40" or "Versa V/50" or "Versa V/75" on it - and a Versa V NEVER has a removable screen - the whole point of it being a Versa "V" is because the "V" likely stands for "Value". It cost NEC a heck of a lot more to make a fancy schmancy mechanism to unlatch and flip the screen, than it does to just have a big molded hinge cover/keyboard bezel combo that has a permanantly attached screen assembly attached to it. And the latch assembly is a little less complicated on the V as well. Not to mention the BIOS Settings are a bit streamlined. Also, going through PC Magazine in Google Books found that the Versa "V" was a lot cheaper than the Versa "E" was, and came out later (late 1994), and with the V usually being a full $1000 cheaper than a Versa "E" with the same specs - and that the Versa "E" is rarely, if ever, shown in the same advertising with a Versa V series. I can see this confusion even went on back then as my Versa E had a Versa "V" manual for it where the pictures of the computers did not match the pictures of my computer. IT seems someone at Ford Motor Company I.T. was confused when they loaded that laptop as well.
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