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Danesh, Communication Inter-Globe Portable LCD Computer

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    Danesh, Communication Inter-Globe Portable LCD Computer

    I am looking for information on a Danesh (name on case logo) Communication Inter-Globe logo on one inside top left on LCD screen, same logo right side beside LCD screen below contrast button and reset button. Also says LCD portable computer.

    This is a lunchbox/sewing machine case type portable. Runs some version of DOS, has 5.25 drive and a compact disk drive (CD). It is European model as indicated by power supply. Have found site for this and emailed, no reply, as yet. Trying to access Home on site gives 403 Forbidden access error.

    If anybody has any info on this system it would be greatly appreciated, I would give anybody a whole lot of love for some info.

    A picture would be helpful. Many small system builders rebadged off-the-shelf cases with their logos.


      Originally posted by BuggZ View Post
      A picture would be helpful. Many small system builders rebadged off-the-shelf cases with their logos.
      I will get a picture up in a day or so. Am really busy ATM. sorting systems, manuals books etc. and honestly have no room to set a flat surface up for picture taking. But thanks I appreciate the comment.


        Ya need to stack 4 different piles then get a few spare 2x4s on top for a workbench
        Looking to acquire: IBM 5100, Altair 8800


          Originally posted by barythrin View Post
          Ya need to stack 4 different piles then get a few spare 2x4s on top for a workbench
          Would have to set that workbench outside ATM. And sorry did not get either one of your looking to acquire items.


            It's not clear to me that Danesh ever had much of a web site. If you go to, to research old Danesh web page images, you'll get a lot of "coming soon" pages that appear today (I can connect with their server with no problems) as they did in 1998.

            FWIW, this from their "contact" page:

            Danesh Electronics
            1396 St-Catherine West #304
            Montreal Quebec H3G 1P7
            Tel/Fax: (514) 875-7632

            It's not clear to me that they were anything but a "white box" builder.
            Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.


              Thanks for the information, I am beginning to think the same thing in regards to them being a " white box builder. When I get the picture up , it may help to identify some of it or if I get a look inside, I may be able to see what it has. Ideally, I would like to boot the system, and right now don't have the time to look for a converter for plugging it in.
              Again thanks.


                He's posted some pictures of this system on page 9 of the thread on I'd be curious about what demo it has on it in c:\demo\reteaco\.
                Looking to acquire: IBM 5100, Altair 8800