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IBM PC110 [LARGE PICTURE]

Posted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:53 pm
by yyzkevin
Here is my take on what a cool setup would have been for late 1995. Everything is authentic except the CF cards, some are newer.

Those are IBM Wireless LAN Entry cards, as this is pre-wifi.

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Re: IBM PC110 [LARGE PICTURE]

Posted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:15 pm
by UMPC2024
That's pretty cool, you've got the keyboards with the Japanese character overlay. :wink:

Re: IBM PC110 [LARGE PICTURE]

Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:06 am
by MikalE
Why were the screens so small on those systems when the bezel has such a large border?

Did they not have LCD screens that large back then, or did the drive electronics take up that much space?

Re: IBM PC110 [LARGE PICTURE]

Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:50 am
by atagunov
Hmm.. the trackballs are all on the left.. Okay I did mouse with my left hand for a number of years but still - this wouldn't be the most intuitive setup would it?
Update after seeing the discussion on reddit: what?! they are not trackballs but rather wireless LAN cards?.. And people used trackpads not trackballs with these?.. Oh, okay

Was it difficult to get a full room of these?
These guys are so small, how much space does the whole set take when packed?

Re: IBM PC110 [LARGE PICTURE]

Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:48 pm
by yyzkevin
MikalE wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:06 am
Why were the screens so small on those systems when the bezel has such a large border?

Did they not have LCD screens that large back then, or did the drive electronics take up that much space?
With the factory display, just about all of the space behind the bezel is used, with one side being control/driver circuitry and the other the back light inverter.

Having said that, these are VGA so you cant really avoid the bezels if you want to keep the laptop rectangular and maintain the proper aspect ratio.

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Re: IBM PC110 [LARGE PICTURE]

Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:56 pm
by yyzkevin
Yeah those are "IBM Wireless LAN Entry" cards, it was the most appropriate wireless I could get my hands on for the time, but it is quite slow. They totally look like trackballs :lol:

In terms of navigation, without external devices you would mainly use the trackpoint, which is setup so you can control it with your left thumb while carrying the unit, and the left/right buttons are duplicated to both sides so you could use left or right thumb. The digitizer in the middle, I don't know a lot about it but there are some drivers for windows to use it a mouse of sorts, something I have yet to try.

They are quite difficult to find in working order, but I had been purchasing broken ones and fixing them. You could totally put all these in a small backpack, I plan to get a small pelican case with the pluckable foam to make a nice little setup to store/transport.
atagunov wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:50 am
Hmm.. the trackballs are all on the left.. Okay I did mouse with my left hand for a number of years but still - this wouldn't be the most intuitive setup would it?
Update after seeing the discussion on reddit: what?! they are not trackballs but rather wireless LAN cards?.. And people used trackpads not trackballs with these?.. Oh, okay

Was it difficult to get a full room of these?
These guys are so small, how much space does the whole set take when packed?

Re: IBM PC110 [LARGE PICTURE]

Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:00 pm
by MikalE
yyzkevin wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:48 pm
MikalE wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:06 am
Why were the screens so small on those systems when the bezel has such a large border?

Did they not have LCD screens that large back then, or did the drive electronics take up that much space?
With the factory display, just about all of the space behind the bezel is used, with one side being control/driver circuitry and the other the back light inverter.

Having said that, these are VGA so you cant really avoid the bezels if you want to keep the laptop rectangular and maintain the proper aspect ratio.

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I thought that might be the reason. Components keep getting smaller and smaller each decade.