Luggable Cyberdeck Can Still Be A Luggable PC

In the 80s and early 90s, there existed a class of personal computers that are no longer around today — the luggable. Planted firmly between a desktop and a laptop, these machines were lovingly called so because they were portable, but just barely. Think Kaypro, Osborne, or the Compaq Portable.

First things first — this lovely 1990-era industrial luggable has not been gutted according to [D1g1t4l_G33k]. The chassis, CRT, power supply, and ISA backplane are original and still intact, and they still have all the parts to restore it to its original DOS 3.1 form.

What [D1g1t4l_G33k] did do is replace the 386x-based ISA SBC with a 2005 AMD LX-600 Geode at 366 MHz. Gone are the ISA data acquisition cards and 80 MB SCSI hard drive, replaced with a 32 GB compact flash drive. The floppy drive is functional, too. Now it sits on a cart next to the workbench running AntiX Core 19.5, functioning happily as an AVR development workstation.

Having an old luggable to mess with in the first place isn’t a requirement. We’ve seen a modern take on the luggable, and here’s one with three monitors.

3 thoughts on “Luggable Cyberdeck Can Still Be A Luggable PC

    1. It was a cheap ISA SBC I found on Ebay. Finding a cheap ISA SBC card that can run a semi modern Linux is harder than you would think. As a processor, the Geode is not very impressive. It can’t run recent builds of the kernel do to some instruction set limitations. So, a cheap mini-itx Atom based board with a IDE and FDC controller is on the way (another cheap Ebay purchase). Unfortunately, I’ll have to pull the passive ISA bus out of the case and build a custom power supply harness. But, I’ll be able to run a 64 bit build of the latest kernel. It’ll still be Linux console only. 640×480 just isn’t enough to run a graphical desktop. Besides, GUI’s are for chumps ;-)

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