IBM 5110 is a barely-portable computer that was announced in January 1978 [ibm.com]. Our system is not in a perfectly working condition.
The system is huge and heavy.
The chassis feels extremely sturdy, and contributes to the system's weight.
Several controls are on the front panel.
Our system does not have the optional tape drive.
The power switch is also on the front panel.
This is an APL-only model, so the keyboard has special APL symbols.
External I/O is on the back of the system.
There are ports for video-out and storage options.
IBM logo is on the top of the system.
The message of death.
The second screenshot is the register dump.
One reader named
mikoto0931 kindly told us that he repaired his 5100 using BW-100 contact cleaner.
We'll update this page after cleaning ours.
All components in the system connect to the backplane board.
The board is built using wire-wrapping in addition to printed circuit traces.
Each slot is labeled A to N where I is missing.
Slot A is the nearest to the rear of the system, and a card with I/O interface is installed there.
The card at slot M (Read/Write storage):
The card at slot L (Executable ROS):
The card at slot K (Feature ROS):
The card at slot J (Controller) and H (Base I/O) are connected using two jumpers that resemble SLI bridges.
The card at slot G (Display):
The card at slot F (ROS Control):
The card at slot E (APL ROS):