Update on my laptop
I had ordered a 256MB CF card with a 44-pin IDE adapter for my 486 laptop and no matter what I did I could not get the machine to detect/boot to it. I also got an IDE-to-USB adapter and was unable to get the laptop hard drive to mount or be detected on any modern machine. Eventually I gave up and reassembled the system to find that it no longer wants to post, I'm not sure what went wrong. Unfortunately, for the time being it seems that I am without an working vintage hardware.