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This mini forum is intended to provide a simple means of discussion about the Datavue Spark computer. If you want to share your own experience or memories, or add relevant information about this system: post a message! For other purposes like sales messages, hardware & software questions or information requests, please use our main forum.

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Monday 7th May 2018
NY Charlie (United States)

I just bought one of these at an estate sale in Albany NY. It was part of the estate of a former editor of the Washington Post. Boots right up to MSDOS 2.11. It came with a disk that launches Wordperfect.

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Friday 6th January 2017
Joe C Buckner (USA)

Have one of these for sale email me if interested

Tuesday 6th September 2016
Kelvin Walter (Boston,United States)

Time really flies, some years ago, floppy disks were all over. I am personally a computer lover but good things keep disappearing. Anyway they sparkle good memories.

Tuesday 10th November 2009
Ronald Harper (USA)

I bought about 15 of these in the late ''80s and wrote Turbo Pascal programs for our field salesmen to use. First, the price was about $1000-$1200, depending on the amount of memory and whether 1 or 2 drives. The "tiny" screen was about 5" high by 10" wide, which was HUGE for 1987. Plus, it was backlit, which made it very bright and readable. The screen was bright white with blue text and graphics. (No color) The closest (decent) competitor to the Spark was the Toshiba T-1000. A very well-made laptop, but its screen was only about 3-1/2" x 7" and much less readable.

Thursday 25th October 2007
Keith (Philadelphia PA)

Wow this brings back memories. I had one of these while I was in grammar school. (mid 90s)
I had a small box of floppies I would carry with it, as it had 2 low density 3 1/2 floppies built into it (no hard drive). I would keep a boot disk with a DOS menu system in drive A, and insert the appropriate floppy for the program before I selected it off the menu, into drive B. I remember spending hours on dial-up AOL searching for free DOS software for this laptop, and giving a presentation on it for the science fair (external CGA monitor. presentation written in Q-BASIC) Great times. Wish I still had it, but it broke while in high school.

Friday 21st April 2006
Michael Reilly (Ft. Walton Beach, FL)

Does anyone know how long it takes the battery to charge?

Or, more importantly, the amperage required on the transformer?

Also, mine says Fivestar Express on the top, and Datavue Spark on the bottom on the label. Remanufactured?

Sunday 29th June 2003
Michael Buchan (Perth, Australia)

Hello Ken

You could do this, but It may be expensive. You can probably only run A Maximum of windows 3.0 On it and Wordpad.

Glad To Help!


Thursday 12th June 2003
Ken Lopossa (Olympia )

I am interested in getting the Old Spark going and I see it has an exxternal floppy option could this be a hard drive instead? could it handle windows? word, or wpad? Where could one get a manual?

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