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Old 9th February 2017, 7:18 PM   #31
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i used to play pool of radiance and moria on a system very similar to this one back in the day... when VESA was all the rage... oh the memories *sigh*
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I remember hav ing a 2MB Tseng Labs ET6000 video card. One of my first PCI video cards after my old ISA cards. Now I have 2GB video card.. Amazing how the times change..
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Old 19th April 2017, 11:34 PM   #33
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I would like to find a genuine IBM keyboard for it at some point but somehow I doubt that will be an easy task.
I have a couple, you can't have the "correct" one from my 5150 but it's rubbish anyway, the layout is odd and some of the keys don't work properly.

But I have a couple of old Model M's and a Model F, any of which should be fine. I'll keep at least one or 2 but I think I have 5+.

Love your project and others like it:

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Very nice mate. It is always great to see these old machines up and running.

If you are interested check out my thread from 10 years ago about my own IBM PC XT. A 1986 model which I still have and is still a working system!
http://forums.overclockers.com.au/sh...d.php?t=509859

Or, my genuine IBM 'portable', which I also still have and is also still functional.
http://forums.overclockers.com.au/sh...d.php?t=840217


Cheers.
Yep I'm glad I'm not the only one still keen on these old things - bYrd has a thread about meet-ups so I'm hoping something gets off the ground in Melbourne

Also I've got a bucketload of the original software that came with my 5150, so if you need a copy of any of the programs I can try to assist - although I will have to find my stash of 360kb DD disks

Now just gotta track down an IBM 5100
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Old 20th May 2017, 1:07 AM   #34
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"condition close to scrap" it looked pretty good to me? Dusty for sure but I've seen way worse.
Probably should have phrased that differently. The machine was and is certainly serviceable, not scrap, but to its previous owner it was. When I collected it, it was stacked with some scrap metal ATX cases.

The components inside were all good, but the paintwork on the bottom of the case was worn through in some places and thin in others. There were some bare metal scratches and scuffs, an invitation for rust, and it did need some work to return it to a satisfactory condition.

Still, not a condition close to scrap. Anyone that knew what it was would have considered it more than serviceable.


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I have a couple, you can't have the "correct" one from my 5150 but it's rubbish anyway, the layout is odd and some of the keys don't work properly.

But I have a couple of old Model M's and a Model F, any of which should be fine. I'll keep at least one or 2 but I think I have 5+.
Wouldn't happen to have some of those around still by chance?

I've been out of this project for a while for various reasons but figured it was time to start looking into it again. A suitable keyboard would absolutely be welcome.

Eventually I'll need to look into an alternative storage option as well. The Seagate ST-412 is a brilliant drive and a piece of history in itself, but the bearings inside the motor have seen better days and occasionally it does whine when it's warmed up. Seems to be relatively common on the older Seagates, not sure if it's something that could be repaired with some micro-surgery to the motor assembly or whether another drive is the best option.

If another drive was needed, I wouldn't mind something like a Seagate ST-225, but anything from around the era will suffice. Beggars can't be choosers, but as is mandatory with these MFM drives, the louder the seek noises, the better.


I did come across a somewhat better monitor for it as well. An IBM 8513 Colour VGA. It's not the original monitor, and is intended to match the newer IBM Personal System/2, but it suits the machine better than the LCD previously connected to it.



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Old 24th May 2017, 12:53 PM   #35
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Wouldn't happen to have some of those around still by chance?

I've been out of this project for a while for various reasons but figured it was time to start looking into it again. A suitable keyboard would absolutely be welcome.
Yeah still got 'em all, at last count there was:
1x Model F Extended Layout (keeping that)
2x Model M Extended Layout (both have 5-pin connectors but I think one is XT protocol and one is AT protocol?)
1x Model M PS/2 (keeping that also)

There might also be one more, pretty sure I had 5

For your system I think you'd need the XT-based Extended Layout Model M, if that suits, PM me with a price and if we can come to an agreement, I can test it out and send it over to you
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