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G > GRID > GridCase


This mini forum is intended to provide a simple means of discussion about the Grid GridCase computer. If you want to share your own experience or memories, or add relevant information about this system: post a message!

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Saturday 31st October 2020
Rod Jones (Denver CO/USA)

28.10.2020 at 09:55
This was my first laptop. Very powerful for it’s day. Unique in that you used, I think it was a penny to pop opens little panel which exposed 3 eprom sockets the 4th socket held your ram chip and it was soldered in. You would buy software like Lotus 123. Fill out a form and send the unopened software to grid and they would get a license to burn the software onto an eprom and send it back to you. Now since you had 3 eprom sockets that mint that you could have 3 programs loaded on the laptop at the same time. If you needed to run a different program you would turn it off and carefully remove one of the EPROMs and take another eprom chip and pop it in. Now these were not rugged EPROMs. They were the same EPROMs that you would find soldered into a standard socket so you had to be very careful with them. The pins were quite fragile. Back then if you wanted to produce a document, you first had to decide which word processing package gave you the features you needed for the document you were producing. Aston Tate had different capabilities than other word processing software packages. So you ended up with several EPROMs with different software vendors products burnt in. Again these were very fragile so you ended up carrying a small case with foam that held all the burnt in programs. Quite unique.

Tuesday 9th June 2015
Brendan (United states)

Are these worth anything as I have one in working order?

Wednesday 16th October 2013
Lesko (Russia)

Hello I have a laptop Grid 1520. My laptop screen is broken. please tell me where mnenayti Eran? Can anyone selling laptop parts? If you have any information please write.

Monday 8th April 2013
Kelly asaf (Usa)

I''m sorry to post such a ridiculous question, but I actually have one of the old grid computers and I''m trying to figure out if it has any value. It''s the gridcase model 1530. It seems to work and has a ton of stuff with it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Monday 8th April 2013
Kelly asaf (Usa)

I''m sorry to post such a ridiculous question, but I actually have one of the old grid computers and I''m trying to figure out if it has any value. It''s the gridcase model 1530. It seems to work and has a ton of stuff with it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Tuesday 23rd October 2012
Daniel (USA)

Trying to find out how to tell if the model I currently have has a built in hard drive. Anyone know how find out? I don''t see a pressed X anywhere on the case, and am assuming the one I have does''t not contain one.

Monday 29th December 2008
Lee Pulver (USA)
Pulver Laboratories inc.

We became part of the Grid Systems team and worked on the first laptop systems during the early 1980’s$ we still have the original reports and evaluations, including the laptop enclosure Magnesium Alloy test and analysis.
Our main charter then and now: influencing the reduction of equipment hazards. As with all clients like Grid Systems, we continue to test, evaluate, and consult our clients so their products can easily conform to product regulations and reduce equipment hazards. As one example of hundreds, being part of the Grid Systems team resulted in batteries or wall adapters never catching on fire. Pulver Labs evaluated the batteries and power supplies in our lab to extremes and then made design recommendations$ the designs shipped and sold to the public could not catch on fire during any extreme use.
Our logo appears on the Grid Systems product because Pulver Labs Certified compliance to product standards in 56 countries, and monitored production to assure continued compliance.

Saturday 8th March 2008
Mr X (USA)

Pulver labs was a testing agency...they did NOT design nor manufacture the Grid. I worked for Cirrus Logic..we supplied VGA chips to Grid..I also dealt with Pulver when he (Lee Pulver) started his company (then in Boise Idaho) they did product compliance testing for VDE/CSA and UL

Friday 14th April 2006
Matt Hibbs (USA)

The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) in Boise had about 40 of these for the Revenue Agents to do field audits. The Boise District (now gone by) was a test center for the RAR system. The IRS used them for several years and the moved on to another Laptop mfg. We heard tails of companies filing handle parts in order to meet the new weight requirements. I know that Macy's former branch (Bon Marche) had a few in stores for inventory purposes. We liked them and had only occasional hardware related issues.

Wednesday 23rd March 2005
Kevin (Clarkston, MI, USA)

I had a GRiD3 in my youth. My dad had purchased it from his work once it was being replaced. I spent many an evening chatting on BBS's with it.

Oh the memories...

Thursday 14th October 2004
Jaume de la Vega (Spain)

Also exists a version of gridcase-1 badged like "philipps pc-200" with a kind of backpack with two isa slots and a bunch of connectors.

My own got a connector for external floppy instead of a real drive (i cannot use it because "disk error")

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