IBM PC 5150 with no drives?

From: Merle K. Peirce <>
Date: Mon Mar 15 07:31:22 1999

I've seen some 5150's from RI State surplus that had one drive and a
network card.

On Sun, 14 Mar 1999, Sellam Ismail wrote:

> 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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M. K. Peirce
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