Toshiba T4400SX Laptop

Astronomy

Accession Number: 2018.ast.73 (DAA-0046)

Description:

This is a small Toshiba laptop computer. It is rectangular and beige and grey in colour. A purple moving sticker has been stuck and partially removed on the lid of the object. On the rear of the laptop, there are several different electrical connectors, some of which are labelled, and a small hole labelled “RESET”. On the right hand side there is a slot for a 3.5″ floppy disk and above that two small scroll wheels inset into the side of the machine. On the left side, there is a metal connector and a depressable button labelled “POWER”. On the base of the laptop there are small ventilation holes in one corner, a cover labelled “EXP.MEMORY” and a silver sticker which includes model information about the computer.

Paired latches on both the left and right sides of the computer (on the lid) allow it to be opened.

Opening the lid reveals a rectangular screen 19.5cm in width. Beneath this, there is a row of seven indicator lights, each labelled. There is a standard QWERTY keyboard located on the lower half of the laptop.

Primary Materials: Plastics, Metals

Markings:

Printed on the top of the laptop: “TOSHIBA
T4400SX”

Printed next to the screen: “T4400SX
TOSHIBA”

On a sticker stuck next to the screen: “intel inside”.

On the sticker stuck to the base of the computer: “T4400SX/120 SYSTEM UNIT
MODEL NO. PA1103U
SERIAL NO. 05321618AT
DC21V 1.A
TOSHIBA AMERICA INFORMATIONAL SYSTEMS, INC.”

Dimensions (cm): Length = 29, Width = 21, Height = 6

Function:

This object was used for portable computing.

Condition:

Excellent: The object shows little sign of use or damage. The exterior of the laptop is smudged across the surface, although the inside is clean. A moving sticker has been stuck to the object, and then partially torn off.

It is unknown if it is functional.

Manufacturer: Toshiba, Japan

Date of Manufacture: c. 1992

Provenance:

This object was likely moved from the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill in 2008, upon the sale of the observatory. It was stored at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics until 2017, when it was moved to a new storage location in McLennan Physical Laboratories.

Additional Information and References:

This page from the the Centre for Computing History describes the specifications of the Toshiba T4400SX. (Accessed October 2018)