IBM PC5150 monitor wanted/question

From: Jules Richardson <>
Date: Thu Feb 5 11:06:25 2004

On Thu, 2004-02-05 at 16:08, Vintage Computer Festival wrote:
> On Thu, 5 Feb 2004, William Maddox wrote:
> > A genuine IBM AT was up on EBay a week or two ago. Went cheap, too.
> > Heres an PC, an XT, and AT in one lot: 2785591645 There's not as much
> > stuff from that era as you might expect, considering how popular the IBMs
> > were in their day, but there is stuff to be had. Go get it! :) :)
> To get an honest-to-gawd, genuine original IBM PC you'll want to look for
> one that has either one IBM (the IBM logo is embossed on the plastic
> face) full-height disk drive and a cover plate over the second bay, two
> full-height IBM disk drives, or even NO disk drives (I've got one like
> this).

Worth mentioning that there used to be a *lot* of clone floppy drives
around. My orignal PC has one orignal FH drive and one clone; externally
they look *exactly* the same as the geniune IBM units, but lack the
small embossed IBM logo in the plastic.

I've got quite a pile of clone FH drives in storage; there seemed to be
two types floating around at the time - those identical-looking ones
that I've already mentioned, and ones with the same style of black
plastic but a different width handle (wider IIRC).

A photographer borrowed my unit for a book a few weeks ago; I spent ages
scrabbling around for the correct case screws and a full compliment of
blanking plates :-)

I need to source a genuine IBM drive at some point (actually, I need two
as my XT has been modified with a half-height drive but I'd like to make
it original again)

Are you sure that the front strip that you mention wasn't for shipping
purposes in order to keep dust out? I've never seen a machine with this,
and (going from memory) there's no other way for air to get into the
case in order for the PSU fan to blow it out the back if the front vents
are sealed off (assuming all blanking plates are fitted!). Seems like a
strange design addition.

Far as I know, the genuine machines are still common enough over here.
Original-build IBM expansion boxes are a different matter; I don't think
I've ever seen one.


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