IBM 5150 XT

From: Fred Cisin <>
Date: Thu Jul 1 22:53:54 1999

On Thu, 1 Jul 1999 wrote:
> Greetings all,
> I am trying to see if I can get an IBM 5150 working still. I was
> wondering if anyone out there can tell me:
> 1. If the IBM 5150 XT computer came with documentation

The XT is NOT a 5150. That's like a VW Karmann Ghia Bug. Which is it?
5150 is _PC_. You can recognize it by the FIVE expansion slots.
5160 is _XT_. You can recognize it by the EIGHT expansion slots.
There are numerous other less visible differences.
Both came with "Guide to operations", and "BASIC" in canvas sleeved
binders. Other manuals, such as "Technical Reference Manual" were
available separately.

> 2. Is an IBM monitor, model # 5153 (Personal Computer Color Display) is
> compatible with an IBM 5150 XT?
> 3. What kind of monitor (graphics array) is an IBM 5153. I would guess
> EGA, but don't know.

CGA. If the computer has a CGA video board, then it'll be fine.
But if you plug it into an MDA board, you can damage it.
Received on Thu Jul 01 1999 - 22:53:54 BST

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