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This transportable computer was compatible with the IBM PC-XT. It had a built-in 9" monochrome monitor, one or two 5"1/4 disk-drive (320k) and a 10 Mb hard-disk for the "1 disk model". This hard-disk was half thinner than "classic" hard-disks of that time (Slimline technology).

It also had a color graphic board but the built-in monitor was monochrome (no color model was available). It was not completely useless as it enabled to display 8 shades of green... Hopefully it was possible to connect an external color monitor !

The Eagle Spirit was really IBM PC compatible (hardware & software) and could be booted with the original IBM PC boot disks. The disks capacity and format procedure were the same.

The graphic resolution was the same as the IBM PC: 320 x 200 with a character matrix of 7 by 9 pixels. This was a good example of the low levelling effect of the IBM PC compatibility. The Eagle PC, launched one year earlier, had a high resolution of 720 x 352 with a character matrix of 11 x 19 pixels!

First models had different keyboards where you had to press CONTROL+ALT+N to activate the numeric keypad. Later models had IBM PC style keyboards with LED signals.

As the Eagle spirit weights 15kg, a transport suitcase was available!

H. Mitchell reports:
In 1983, I bought an Eagle Spirit (transportable) and still have it. It was self-contained in metal luggage. We called these luggables. The Spirit accepted 2(then new) 256k chips and ran both CP/M and DOS. I had 512kb of RAM. Because of a copyright battle they had to change their BIOS (which was almost 100% compatible with IBM's) to another spec which didn't work quite as well. When the stock went public it went sky high. Later, the founder was killed in an auto crash and the stock cratered.

Bob Whipple's memories:
I had an Eagle Spirit lent me by my father in law; I wrote a PhD dissertation on this computer in 1988-1990, and later used it in my first teaching job.
It was not too temperamental, was pretty reliable (starting up, the HDD sounded like a jet taking off), and had 2 floppy drives and a 20 MB HDD. It was robust for that time, and though quite heavy, in those days any computer approaching "portability" was a Godsend.
The keyboard attached to the front, covering the floppy drives and tiny monitor; the black plastic handle was in the back. One had exercise caution in carrying it so as not to bump it against doorframes and the like, which ran the risk of putting the hard disk out of whack.
A good old machine.

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I have an Eagle Spirit portable. It stopped working so I opened it up and looked it over thoroughly. I found a bad capacitor and disassembled the computer to get at the board with the capacitor. After replacing it, I find I don''t remember how and where the connectors go. It would help alot to have a picture of the orange connectors and green/white/black wire connector. Thanks

Wednesday 15th June 2022
ron shenk (US)

Has one around 90, the original BIOS chips would not boot once a HD controller installed. Had to upgrade the BIOS to get it to boot

Sunday 24th April 2022
gary (GA, USA)

I''m only 19 years late to help Chris probably, but in case someone else finds this thread, the full text of the Eagle Spirit PC User''s Guide is archived at

Sunday 17th January 2021
Ian (Waterloo Ontario Canada)


NAME  Spirit
MANUFACTURER  Eagle Computers Inc.
TYPE  Transportable
YEAR  November ? 1983
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  GW Basic available on disk
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke keyboard, 10 functions keys, numeric keypad
CPU  Intel 8088
SPEED  4,77 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR  optional 8087 math coprocessor
RAM  128 KB (up to 640 KB)
ROM  Unknown
TEXT MODES  80 characters x 25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  320 x 200 dots - Characters matrix: 7 x 9 pixels
SOUND  Unknown
SIZE / WEIGHT  15 kg
I/O PORTS  Video monitor out, 2 serial ports, 1 parallel port
BUILT IN MEDIA  One or two 360 kb 5''1/4 disk-drives and a 10 Mb hard-disk (slimline) for the ''1 disk model''.
PRICE  7470 (France, december 1983)

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