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death/obsolesence of the 1.44mb Floppy
« on: September 02, 2015, 10:59:18 PM »
from my research; some additional facts about the last notebook/laptops that had built in integrated floppy drives:
-CPU : Pentium 4 or Pentium M cpus
-CHIPSET: many have 855PM chipset
-FSB: 400Mhz
-RAM: 2gb ram or under  / PC2100 266 MHz (a select few have PC2700 333Mh RAM but almost none have PC3200)
-GFX: AGP 4x graphics (a select few have AGP 8x graphics)

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The Bernoulli Box (or simply Bernoulli, named after Daniel Bernoulli) is a high-capacity (for the time) removable disk storage system that was Iomega's first widely known product. It was released in 1983. - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernoulli_Box

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The Zip drive is a medium-capacity removable floppy disk storage system that was introduced by Iomega in late 1994

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The first Macintosh model to include a SuperDrive floppy drive was the Macintosh IIx (1988). Every Macintosh and PowerBook introduced from 1988–97 (with the exception of the PowerBook 100, PowerBook Duo series, and PowerBook 2400c, which offered a proprietary external floppy drive as an option), had a built-in SuperDrive floppy drive. The last model to include one was the beige Power Macintosh G3 series, which was manufactured until January 1999.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SuperDrive


The Last mac laptop to have a floppy drive is the Powerbook G3 Series which had swappable optional modules on either side.
the orignal Kanga model was the last to come standard with a floppy 3.5" drive http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/powerbook_g3/specs/powerbook_g3_1st.html

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Apple introduced the iMac in 1998 with a CD-ROM drive but no floppy drive; this made USB-connected floppy drives popular accessories, as the iMac came without any writable removable media device. This transition from standard floppies was relatively easy for Apple, since all Macintosh models originally designed to use a CD-ROM drive could boot and install their operating system from CD-ROM early on.

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The Last Thinkpad to feature a built in floppy was the ThinkPad i Series 1400:
http://www.cnet.com/products/ibm-thinkpad-i-series-1400-2621-14-1-c-win98-se-64-mb-ram-6-gb-hdd-series/specs/
this laptop shipped with Windows 98 Second Edition :
the hardware maintenance manual for this laptop is dated as August 1999

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In February 2003, Dell announced that floppy drives would no longer be pre-installed on Dell Dimension home computers, although they were still available as a selectable option and purchasable as an aftermarket OEM add-on.

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In Early 2004, Some Pentium 4 & Pentium M Laptops came with 1.44MB floppy drives,
see this thread for more info: http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php?topic=1282.new#new
« Last Edit: September 06, 2015, 11:01:35 AM by chrisNova777 »