Compaq Contura 410c


Yep. This baby is antique. Most ask – what the hell are you going to do with it? I answer them – nothing, it is just cool.
This is my first very old laptop I bough few months ago and I bought another today ^^ This one cost me 35LTL (14$).
Read more to see photos and video!

The video shows Win95, but actually this laptop now runs TinyLinux ( but just the command line, because X doesn’t seem to run…
Thinking to reinstall into BasicLinux ( so I’m searching for a cable to connect the hard drive and install from there, because I don’t have enough floppies :|

Update [2011-07-03]: Now I added the documents that I have found on the hard drive. From those documents I know that the possible owner was a German student named “Monika Seifert”, because I found MS-Office documents that were interviews in German with some people, after a quick search, those people seem to be doctors and other famous guys, although I’m not sure.
So these are the documents and what I was able to find on Monika Seifert:

So, specs of this beast:
Name: Compaq Contura 410c
Type: Notebook
RAM: 12 MB (8 comes by default but it had an upgrade :D)
Processor: Intel 486DX2 – 50MHz
Hard drive: 350MB
Screen: 9.5 inch, 640×480, VGA
Weight: 3.7 Kg
Year it was made: 1995







  1. zecas says:

    I have the same laptop, running Debian 2.2 potato. X runs with it, maybe you should try this old Debian version : it is the last that works with 12MB RAM.

  2. Kulverstukas says:

    Thanks, I’ll look into that. Right now I have installed FreeDOS on it. It’s mainly because of demonstration, so that I can show some classic DOS games. Not everyone understands the command line :P

  3. RobertMedlock says:

    Major bumping here, but Jesus, do you know how long it has been since I’ve seen a Compaq?

  4. Kulverstukas says:

    Not really :P but do tell me!

  5. CrazyMike says:

    We’re about to get one of these out of deepfreeze to be able to talk to an even more antique CNC controller. Ours is upgraded w/20MB memory and an overclocked 486/SL2 (upped to a whopping 66mhz) and still runs Win95… We’ve got an OEM docking station, PCMCIA second floppy, modem, ZIP-drive, and more antique legacy bits that are equally pointless.

  6. Kulverstukas says:

    Lol! that sounds priceless :D care to show some pics?

  7. Guy Vanmarsenille says:

    Hello, i’ve one of these and I have to change the bios battery. Does anyone know how to do it?…

  8. Kulverstukas says:

    I’ve written about that in another post here:

  9. Guy says:

    Found! Thanks!

  10. stvpls says:

    I hate when people ruin XP win 95 computer with linux and call them antique

  11. Kulverstukas says:

    @stvpls: I didn’t quite get what you are trying to say. Do you mean that all antique computers must inherently use Windows as their OS?

  12. Patrick says:

    Hello, I’ve Compaq Contura 410CX. I can’t find any information about it, is it rare or something? I’m thinking about selling it, are you interested? oh and I have silly question how much is it worth atm?
    edit: It’s in good condition and everything works but battery is dead. I have original case and charger

  13. Kulverstukas says:

    Hello Patrick,
    I might be interested in your hardware, but I’d like to know more. Maybe we should move further discussion to emails? Hit me up on

    As for its worth – well, I can’t say for sure, but not much though, since they are kinda obscure and didn’t go mainstream at the time.

  14. Erik says:

    I have the same model. I’m running Dos 6.22 on it. My father found it in a thrift shop for $10 back in 2012. I had told him to pick up any old laptops he could find for cheap back then. Still my oldest PC to date. :D

  15. TK says:

    Well…we still have one running in work and in use almost on daily basis. Labview4 under Win3.11. No colour display and only 8mb of ram. Though occationally the extra memory module is a bit loose and it boots up with 4mb.
    I think it will outlive our more modern eq.

  16. I have a Contura 420C. I tested it with some games and I tried to browse the web:

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