IBM PC 5150 with no drives?

From: Sellam Ismail <>
Date: Sun Mar 14 23:35:56 1999

On Sun, 14 Mar 1999, James Willing wrote:

> Sure 'nuff. The original configuration of the IBM PC had no drives, and 4k
> of memory. Diagnostics and a utility or two on Cassette (altho the
> cassette player was optional?!?). BASIC in the ROM so it could be
> programmed...
> Back in the days when a single floppy drive and controller was a (apx. $900
> option)
> Frighteningly enough... I remember selling quite a few of them in that
> (cassette only) configuration.

Ok, cool. Since I can't bear to let something even remotely odd slip thru
my fingers, I went back and got it. I'm start to amass quite an
interesting array of items related to quite possibly one of the most
uninteresting vintage computers around, the IBM PC. Aside from this, I
have the 5151 expansion chassis, the IBM PC joystick, the Diangostic
cassette, and other things I can't recall at the moment.

I opened this one up just now. I don't know why I missed the network card
before, but it seems like this may have been simply a diskless workstation
in an educational setting. It has the 64-256KB motherboard, with it seems
the full 256KB of socketed RAM (the first 64K being soldered of course).
It would have been more interesting if it had the original 16-64KB
motherboard, but the covers over the drive bays definitely are authentic
IBM as they are backed by a metal plate with brads that hold them in
place. The only other card it has is the Hercules graphics adaptor.

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Received on Sun Mar 14 1999 - 23:35:56 GMT

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