IBM Portable Computer 5155
The IBM Portable Computer 5155 (launched February 1984) was IBM's answer to the Compaq Portable Computer, which was released about a year earlier. The system was essentially an all-in-one PC/XT in a luggable case with a built-in monitor and floppy drive(s).
Some thought that the machine was poorly named and that this directly led to its lack of commercial success, since its name made no reference to the (then advanced) PC/XT that it was built on.
Original promotional material from IBM stated:
The IBM Portable Personal Computer 5155 Model 68 consists of a lightweight case with a carrying handle containing a built-in. 9-inch, amber composite display, one 5 1/4-inch double sided diskette drive (with space for an optional second drive), and two IBM Personal Computer attachment options (diskette adapter and colour/graphics adapter).
The unit also has a new, lightweight keyboard and a universal power supply. The system board is the same as that of the IBM Personal Computer XT with 256KB of memory that is expandable to 512Kb using the memory expansion option.
Five expansion slots are available for the connection of most IBM Personal Computer options. The system has identical function and performance characteristics to an equivalently configured IBM Personal Computer.
- Intel 8088 CPU at 4.77MHz (with Math Coprocessor socket)
- IBM Personal Computer XT System Board
- One or two QumeTrak 142 5¼-inch Floppy Disk Drive
- Integral 9" amber composite CGA screen
- 256KB RAM
- Integral keyboard
- Multi-voltage PSU (switchable between 110V or 230V)
- Parallel and serial ports
- Weighed 30lbs (about 13.5kg)
Since the system utilised the IBM PC/XT system board, it had the same 8 slots and 256KB RAM capacity. Because of the physical constraints of the luggable case with its 5¼-inch disk drives, only two of the slots were full-length:
|Slot||Max Length||Card Fitted|
|1 (closest to PSU)||13 inch||Graphics Card|
|3||10 inch||Floppy Disk Drive Controller|
|4||5 inch||Parallel Card|
|5||5 inch||Serial Card|
|8 (closest to CPU)||4 inch||Empty (but reserved for IBM Asynchronus Serial Card)|
Availability and Pricing
The system was launched February 1984 and produced until April 1986, costing $4,225 in the US at launch.
- IBM 5155 Guide to Operations (January '84)
- IBM 5155 and 5160 Technical Reference (March '86)
- IBM Maintenance and Service Manual (complete manual):
- IBM Hardware Maintenance Service Manual (complete manual):
- Options and Adapters Manual (complete)
- IBM PC-DOS: