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spiderman
December 4th, 2005, 07:24 AM
I still own the IBM Portable I bought directly from IBM in 1986. Is there a collectorsmarket for a machine like this, and what would it be worth today?

Jorg
December 4th, 2005, 07:29 AM
Stange enough I see quite some of these coming by on ebay (there is on now) and they seem to be more common than you expect.

Terry Yager
December 4th, 2005, 12:46 PM
They usually go for $50.00 - 100.00 on eBay.

Jorg:

The EGA Wonder card can be used in the 5155, and will display EGA resolution on the internal monitor. Downside is, it interlaces, but for some programs, it ain't too flicker-y.

--T

EvanK
December 4th, 2005, 06:41 PM
Spider, these are definitely collectible and there definitely is a market. I misplaced my copy of Michael Nadeau's book "Collectible Microcomputers" (which includes an excellent price guide) but you can reach Mike directly at menadeau [at] comcast.net.

Or if anyone else here has the book handy...?

Terry Yager
December 4th, 2005, 06:55 PM
Spider, these are definitely collectible and there definitely is a market. I misplaced my copy of Michael Nadeau's book "Collectible Microcomputers" (which includes an excellent price guide) but you can reach Mike directly at menadeau [at] comcast.net.

Or if anyone else here has the book handy...?

I have my copy right here...

Value: $20. to $65.00 (pg. 74)

--T

Terry Yager
December 4th, 2005, 06:58 PM
BTW, the last one I sold on eBay went for $107.00 (about a year ago).

--T

spiderman
December 5th, 2005, 12:52 AM
Thanks for the replies, I am glad to know that I haven't been lugging this old thing around for nothing...

Jorg
December 5th, 2005, 08:55 AM
They usually go for $50.00 - 100.00 on eBay.

Jorg:

The EGA Wonder card can be used in the 5155, and will display EGA resolution on the internal monitor. Downside is, it interlaces, but for some programs, it ain't too flicker-y.

--T


Hmm.. amazing that that works.
I dont have a 5155 though (yet....), I'll put it in my AT 5170 I think.

My 'portable' is this baby as you might remember :) http://www.gaby.de/eformula.htm

Terry Yager
December 5th, 2005, 10:26 AM
Yah, there's a 4-pin connector, with one pin removed. That's for the internal display.

--T

spiderman
December 9th, 2005, 08:39 AM
$ 201.39 with 3 hours to go on e-bay.....

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-IBM-Portable-5155-Model-68-Luggable-PC-1984_W0QQitemZ8732416680QQcategoryZ74946QQrdZ1QQcm dZViewItem

Terry Yager
December 9th, 2005, 09:20 AM
I'm currently in the process of upgrading mine (shoulda been finished, but the hard drive I installed turned out to be bad). I popped-in a 640K mainboard, 8087, some other options. Trouble with upgrading it is finding enough cards the right length. There are only 2 full-length slots, the rest are half-length (they're located behind the drive cage).
I've brought home a few more drives, so hopefully one of 'em will be good.

--T

carlsson
December 9th, 2005, 11:36 AM
There is a IBM 5140 portable on Tradera. The seller lives in my town, so if I would buy it I probably could arrange local pickup. The starting bid is 500 SEK ($62) and the buy-it-now is at 900 SEK ($112). But I'm not interested in an old IBM portable.

Terry Yager
December 9th, 2005, 11:46 AM
The Convertables don't do too well on eBay. Usually they sell for $10.00 - 20.00 when they come up.

--T

Terry Yager
December 9th, 2005, 11:51 AM
$ 201.39 with 3 hours to go on e-bay.....

That's the trouble with using a five-or-six year old price guide...

--T

carlsson
December 9th, 2005, 12:12 PM
Are the convertibles too common, too recent, too constricted or something else? From a practical point of view, it seems more handy than the earlier model.

Terry Yager
December 9th, 2005, 01:39 PM
I'm not sure what makes them unpopular among collectors...mebbe it's just that everyone who wants one already has one (except me, I haven't bothered to pick one up...yet).

--T

carlsson
December 9th, 2005, 01:45 PM
Now when I come to think about it, I believe I have seen and even used one once. Perhaps it was someone who brought it to the computer club in high school, but my memory is quite fuzzy.