IBM ROM BASIC or lack thereof

From: Loboyko Steve <>
Date: Wed Oct 3 22:09:43 2001

--- Absurdly Obtuse <> wrote:
> On Wed, 3 Oct 2001, Sean 'Captain Napalm' Conner
> wrote:
> > Tell me of a PCompatible (not made by IBM) that
> has BASIC hanging off INT
> > 18h, then maybe I'll concede the point 8-)
> I don't mean to take sides on this argument, but my
> Everex 286 XT has
> BASIC on INT18h.

Hmmm...are there EPROM's in it, or ROMs? I built a PC
compatible with a bare board and stuffed the chips and
soldered it when I was broke in college. The BIOS it
came with wasn't very PC compatible. So (and I'm not
making any excuses for this..) I wrote a program in
disk based GW-BASIC (I actually BOUGHT it) that looked
like it did something when in reality it was writing
2048K ROM images of the BIOS and BASIC ROMS of a real
IBM PC to floppy. I took it to an IBM store (IBM had
"stores" then) and told the salesman that I wanted to
know if my program would really run on an IBM PC/XT. I
ran it, it "worked", I said, "thank you very much",
went to work, blew the EPROMS, stuffed 'em in my
motherboard, and then, my PC, although it had a wooden
case and a power supply shielded with Erector Set
parts, was really, really, definitely IBM PC

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