IBM-PC Technical Reference Manuals (was: "Real Computers")

From: Fred Cisin <>
Date: Sun Feb 23 13:05:19 2003

On Sun, 23 Feb 2003, R. D. Davis wrote:
> Fred Cisin (XenoSoft) wrote:
> > The "PC Technical Reference Manual" was cheap, and contained
> > complete schematics and source code for the BIOS. Third party
> There was a technical reference manual for PC-DOS as well as the
> technical reference manual for the hardware... I got both of them when
> IBM was still selling the original PeeCees, but they were, for some
> odd reason, difficult to obtain even back then (e.g., various people
> at IBM denied that they existed... and if you really wanted to have

The content was the same as what had previously (up through PC-DOS
2.00) been the Appendix of the DOS manual. In fact, the first few rounds
of it still had "Appendix" page numbers.

Were you dealing with an "IBM Product Center", or with an "IBM Authorized
Sales Center" (aka Computerland, Sears Business Center, etc.)?

I never had any difficulty getting them, other than having to order them,
and sometimes prepay.
But Computerland, etc. were clueless and unwilling to do their job.
Received on Sun Feb 23 2003 - 13:05:19 GMT

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