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Q: 10+year old laptop parts and documentation ( No Answer,   4 Comments )
Subject: 10+year old laptop parts and documentation
Category: Computers > Hardware
Asked by: dominoose-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 12 Sep 2006 17:57 PDT
Expires: 12 Oct 2006 17:57 PDT
Question ID: 764662
I acquired a ZEOS personal conputer (laptop) with a part number of
008-0026 and serial # 93250190.  I'm trying to find technical
documentation on the computer itself as well as accessories and
replacement parts for it.  I found out that ZEOS merged with Micron
Electronics in 1996, and drew dead from there.  The computer has a
intel 486 processor with an 80MB hard drive and 8MB of memory.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: 10+year old laptop parts and documentation
From: canadianhelper-ga on 12 Sep 2006 22:55 PDT
They are now MPC ( computers a division of Hyperspace
Communications Inc 888.208.8014 (found this out by looking up Zeos in

You can find info here:

Manuals here:

I hope this helps. Please post whether you need more info from a GA
researcher.  If no, please comment then close the query.
Subject: Re: 10+year old laptop parts and documentation
From: dominoose-ga on 14 Sep 2006 06:28 PDT
None of the computers listed on the manuals section are the one I
have.  I believe the one I have is called a Contenda possibly.  Thank
you for the further research, but it doesn't solve my issue.  There
are no Identifying labels on the unit to classify what model it is.
Subject: Re: 10+year old laptop parts and documentation
From: canadianhelper-ga on 14 Sep 2006 23:03 PDT
Any luck calling MPC at the 8882088014 number?

Here are a few 'upgrades' for the Contenda

According to this the max hdd was 120MB and max memory was 8mb (though
later 486 models may have been able to address a larger drive from
other notes I say in google groups)

There is some info on the Contenda in the Sept 1994 issue of UNIX magazine!!

You can browse old USENET posts here for Zeos Contenda (now google
groups)There are even posts as recent as July of this year.

Here is a note in the groups (please poke around there) indicating
that the HDD size is hardwired in and that the memory is propreitary.

>I have a zeos 486 note book. Anyone know where I can get memory for it. or a
>larger HD, or any info on this model. Thanks

The Contenda memory was proprietary.  Probably only place you can get
it (if it's still available) would be either Dow Jones in Chicago or
A1-PC (aka Capital Resource Recovery) in Minneapolis.

You don't say which size hard drive you have now, but the hard disk
parameters are hard coded in the Contenda.  I believe there are only 3
different ones it will take. 

I've looked at Craigslist for NewYork and San Francisco to see if one
for sale that you could salvage (no) but I am not completely familiar
on how to search all of craigslist.

Ebay shows none for sale.

There are some hits on

Hope some of this helps.
Subject: Re: 10+year old laptop parts and documentation
From: dominoose-ga on 18 Sep 2006 18:18 PDT
Thank you for your help.  I have a working machine, but the battery
doesn't charge...the hing I was mainy looking for was a tech maual for
it.  I'm guessing that that is a lost cause!  It's actually pretty
nice and is loaded with Windows 95.  Thanks again.

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