View Full Version : Cd-rom in a IBM XT 5160

March 20th, 2010, 09:41 AM
Has anyone actually installed a CD-ROM Player in a IBM XT?

I am just curious if it can be possible to install a IDE card for a cd-rom player and if there will be any hardware conflicts with the existing MFM hard drive.

If this is possible I would like to try it as it would be easier than having to get out my old computer with 51/4" floppy drive.

March 20th, 2010, 09:44 AM
If I'm not mistaken, the XT-IDE interface should indeed support CD-ROM drives.

March 21st, 2010, 12:26 AM
Before I moved to an external ZIP100 drive, I would use a BackPack CDROM drive (model 164550) connected to the parallel port on my 5160.

You can get BackPack CDROM drives from eBay, although note that they may not be supplied with a cable and suitable AC power adapter.
You'll also need DOS drivers for the drive. You can get those at http://members.dodo.com.au/~slappanel555/backpack_cdrom.htm

March 21st, 2010, 03:01 PM
If I'm not mistaken, the XT-IDE interface should indeed support CD-ROM drives.

It should, it hopefully will, but first we have to write a CD-ROM driver for it. It's on my todo list, but I'm a wee bit swamped with other work at the moment. that's a big project too, many months.

March 22nd, 2010, 04:35 AM
It's perfectly possible with a SCSI card and SCSI CDROM. I haven't done it on an IBM XT, but I have (http://www.seasip.info/AmstradXT/cdrom.html) on an Amstrad XT.

March 22nd, 2010, 04:48 PM
I used a 8 bit scsi card bought in a lot off fleabay on the cheap about $25.00 if I remember correctly and then I got 6 old scsi cd-roms in a lot for $3 each. I stuck the best one in the XT with a scsi hard drive and it works perfect. Yes, I did have to wait a few months to buy cheap but that's 1/2 the fun.

This was really been a solid setup. I burned one cd with just about everything on it then installed the software to the hard drive.