New Finds

From: Mark Gregory <>
Date: Mon Nov 15 16:31:31 1999

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To: Discussion re-collecting of classic computers
Date: Monday, November 15, 1999 10:10 AM
Subject: Re: New Finds

>>> 12. IBM PS/2 model 70 portable (joke) seems to be a 386 with 12 meg
>>> Pretty heavy for a portable and only runs with a cord plugged into the
>> ah yes, the P70. gas plasma display so that's why it can only run on ac
>> power. make sure your floppy drive works, there was an ECA about that.
>> seem to sell pretty good around this area, although i have spotted one
in a
>> computer junk store for $35, i'm holding off for cheaper. When it was
new, it
>> sold for over $7k.
>$7k? Ouch!!
>I passed one up a couple of weeks ago. Seller was asking 95 pounds, was
>prepared to sell for 80, but no less - she claimed the Windows 95
>on the hard drive was worth that. I told her just what I would do if I
got a
>machine with Windows 95 on it... (hint: it involves a disk partitioning
tool and
>a Linux distribution kit)

Are you sure this was a P70 (which usually shipped with 386s) and not a P75
(which usually shipped with 486 or better processors)? I tried a Win '95
installation on my 4MB RAM/120 MB HD/386 P70, and from "power on" to "ready
to use" took over two minutes. Trying to open any windows or run any
applications caused a frenzy of drive activity (reading and writing to the
swapfile, I suspect). I can't imagine anyone actually using a P70 running
Win '95. Running Windows 3.11 though, they were decent portables for their
time - nice crisp display, good keyboard. Very capable "get some work done
in your hotel room" computers.

I know several people who have added MCA SCSI cards to the internal
expansion slot, and use their P70s as portable SCSI device testers.

Received on Mon Nov 15 1999 - 16:31:31 GMT

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