Seeking Zenith Data Systems Z183-92 documentation

Eric Christopherson echristopherson at
Mon Feb 24 16:35:10 CST 2020

On Mon, Feb 24, 2020 at 1:50 PM JP Hindin via cctalk <cctalk at>

> Good afternoon all;
> I picked up a ZDS Z183-92 laptop over the weekend alongside a Kodak
> Diconix 150 portable inkjet printer.
> The prior owner doesn't think he ever had a power supply for the Z183,
> although he discovered that it does power up sort-of from the Diconix
> power supply wallwart(!)
> The underside of the laptop has "12V" - and nothing else - so my
> assumption is I need to find a 12V pack of suitable amperage. The Diconix
> supply is 9VDC. The 9VDC is enough to bring up the LCD and at least some
> of the internals (presumably the +5v ones) to have it _appear_ to POST,
> but neither of the disks sound like they're running (either the internal
> HDD or the 3.5" drive). I presume the internal HDD requires the +12v to
> spin up, but I haven't dug into it yet.
> Anywho - if anyone had any documentation on this machine I would very much
> appreciate a scan. Or just confirmation what the power supply is supposed
> to be outputting would be very helpful.
> Thank you!
>   - JP
> 50441

Is that close to a ZWL-183-93? My partner just picked up one of those, and
its brick can be described as:

Model 150-308
DC 16.5v 2A
Center neg

        Eric Christopherson

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