IBM 5161??

From: Sam Ismail <>
Date: Mon Jul 14 21:21:05 1997

On Tue, 15 Jul 1997, Tony Duell wrote:

> > I saw an interesting relic in the thrift store the other day...and IBM PC
> > "Expansion Chassis" (I believe that's what it was called). It was
> > basically an IBM PC case with two full height hard drives instead of
> > floppy drives. It's model number was 5161 (if I recall correctly).
> > Didn't bother with it, even though it is kinda unique.
> Ah yes, the 5161...
> It is/was a device for adding 6 more slots to a PC, PC/XT or Portable-PC
> (basically any of the 8-bit bus system). The 5161 itself was a PC/XT cabinet
> with an 8-slot passive backplane (OK, there was a 14.? MHz oscillator in
> there) and a standard PSU. There were a pair of cards (the 'extender' and the
> 'receiver') and a 62 pin cable that linked them. You put the extender into one
> slot of the 'host' system, the 'receiver' into the passive backplane, and linked
> them together. You could put I/O or memory cards (although not graphics cards
> AFAIK) into the remaining slots of the 5161.

Thanks for the information. I went back and picked it up, and was
waiting to crack it open before I posted about it, but I guess you did
all the work for me.

> One problem with buying one of these second-hand is that the extender card (and
> often the cable) is almost always missing - it's been left in the host. And that
> card is difficult to find.

Yep. Now I have something to live for. I will not leave this earth
until I find the host card and cable.

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Received on Mon Jul 14 1997 - 21:21:05 BST

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