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

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