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Date: Wed Aug 23 13:14:47 2000

In a message dated Wed, 23 Aug 2000 1:12:49 PM Eastern Daylight Time, "Lawrence Walker" <> writes:

> >The machine being described does NOT sound like a PS/1!
> >It sounds like a PCJr.
> PCjr was 8088, early 80s and was very funky compared to the PS/2
> and later PS/1s.
> >Did the PS/1 have a 5.25" drive (other than external)?
> No external, it was internal.
> >Did the PS/1 have a "power cube"?
> No, internal PS.
> >Did the PS/1 have a chiclets keyboard?
> Nope, standard external PS2 (smaller din connector)
> >Did the PS/1 have joysticks?
> No, it was aimed at business users.
> Allison
> >
> >The PS/1 came after the PS/2, and may or may not be OT. Some thought
> that
> >it was IBM backing down from MCA.

 The PS/1 was definitely aimed at the consumer market. :My
:2133-e11 has both 5 1/4 and 3 1/2 internal FDDs, a com :port, and a
:riser with provisions for 3 add-in cards, one of which :was an
:internal modem to use the Prodigy hookup in the shell :interface.
:Some of the earlier ones had a modem on the motherboard
:like the Kaypro did. Of course one could use joysticks :with
:a Sound-Blaster card. It also came with a HD and 2x :72-pin
:SIMM slots
: The PS/2s continued long after the PS/1 was phased out :for
:the Value-Point and later the Ambra which were also :aimed
:at the lower priced consumer market.

both the PS/1 and PS/2 series ended around 1994. the valuepoint was a more standard ISA bus machine announced in 1992-1993 and was designed for the corporate market like the PS/2. The valuepoints then gave way to the PC300 and PC700 series desktops of a few years ago.
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