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The Columbia VP Portable

Manufacturer Columbia Data Systems
Model Columbia VP
Date Announced 1983
Date Canceled Unknown
Number Produced Unknown
Country of Origin USA
Price $3,000
Current Value $10-$100
Processor Intel 8088
Speed 4.77 MHz
RAM 128-256K
Storage 2 360K 5.25" floppy drives (built in)
Expansion None
Bus N/A
Video IBM CGA compatible - up to 640x200 monochrome
I/O Parallel, Serial
OS Options MS-DOS, CP/M-86
Notes The Columbia VP was an early PC clone, similar to the Compaq Portable
Related Items in Collection Manual, Compaq Portable, IBM PC
Related Items Wanted Additional software and documentation

The Columbia VP was another Compaq Portable like IBM PC compatible from 1983. It was built using a very rugged metal case and sported a larger internal monitor then the Compaq. This, of course, made it much heavier.

The Columbia VP Portable

Yes, the system really is as dirty as it looks. I didn't get a chance to clean it up and I figure the dirt is probably protecting the paint anyway.

The machine is actually in really good condition regardless of the dirt since there are no scrapes, dents or dings to speak of.

(Submitted August 30, 2012 13:30:08 by Lou)

Believe it or not I have one of these still working!!! 2 Floppy Drives and an expansion card adding 640K to the ram!

(Submitted March 31, 2011 11:14:15 by John postava)

Anyone out there have a working Columbia for sale???

(Submitted October 9, 2007 20:37:23 by Jim Clay)

Just remembered something to add to my previous comment. Mine had an amber monitor that was MUCH better than the green.

(Submitted October 9, 2007 20:08:01 by Jim Clay)

This was my first computer! I actually wish I still had it. I think my sister sold it at a garage sale. There was some expansion capability. There was a single standard slot. I had an add in card that added another 256K of memory.

(Submitted August 1, 2006 10:12:17 by ron shields)

How about the PC Unlimited(Dell Computer).

(Submitted May 26, 2006 15:40:41 by Harry strickland)

This a a great site. I am in need for a boot disk for my columbia vintage computer ( 5.25) floppy.

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