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Suitcase with a screen

mmshrwd

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My Dad brought home a suitcase sized "portable" IBM computer from his school. They were about to throw it out, but he saved it, and apparently it cost around $10,000 when they first bought it. The screen is red on black and about 8x6. The keyboard is full sized and is attached by a cord, the screen folds out, and next to it is a 3.5" floppy drive that also folds out. Um, what do I have?

Also, I don't have any disks with it, and whenever I start it up, it can't find a system. Can anyone help me with that? I actually have the manual, but the whole thing is at home and I am at school, so I can't really get to it.
 

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That sounds like it might be an IBM PC Portable. If so it's an XT class machine from around 1984 that was similar to the original Compaq computer.

The 3.5 inch drive would have been an add-on, though, and I don't recall the screen folding out.

The other option is the IBM PC Convertible which was more of a laptop but which did have 3.5" drives. They usually came with LCD screens, though.

If you can get a model number or a picture that would help a lot.

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Oh, yeah! Those are very nice machines!

They are a bit smaller then a suitcase, but I can see how they'd easily fit that description.

Thanks!

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Thanks! Any idea where I might be able to find a suitable boot disk? It would be great if I could get the thing up and running.

Also, I'll see if I can get my Dad to take some pictures of it and send them to me, so I can post them here.
 

Terry Yager

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mmshrwd said:
Thanks! Any idea where I might be able to find a suitable boot disk? It would be great if I could get the thing up and running.

First, the battery has probably gone dead, so you'll need to get that straightened out. Then, since it is a PS/2 (MicroChannel) machine, you'll need a Reference Disk (similar to a setup disk), to tell the machine what kinda hardware it's looking at. A Reference Disk can be downloaded from IBM's website.
After you have taken care of those things, you might not need a bootdisk, it'll probably boot from the hard drive. If you do need a bootdisk, Any version of Dos should work. These can be downloaded from many places on the web. Ok, I'll make it easy--try this link:

www.bootdisk.com

--T
 

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Erik said:
Oh, yeah! Those are very nice machines!

They are a bit smaller then a suitcase, but I can see how they'd easily fit that description.

Thanks!

Erik

Yeah, smaller than a suitcase, but a little too large to call it a "lunchbox".

--T
 
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