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May 15th, 2011, 10:47 AM
I have recently became a proud owner of an IBM 5160 XT, however I do not have a monitor. So I wanted to know if you guys could give a little help with this.

May 15th, 2011, 11:12 AM
If you let the list know what kind of display adapter is installed in the 5160, it would be more helpful.

May 15th, 2011, 11:20 AM
I think it is cga, is there a way to tell because I am unsure with these old vintage computers?

May 15th, 2011, 11:24 AM
Generally speaking:

RCA + DE-9f = CGA (Compatible with IBM 5153 and IBM 5154 monitors)
DE-9f + DB-25f = MDA (Compatible with the IBM 5151 monitor)
4xDIP-swich + RCA + RCA + DE-9f = EGA (Compatible with IBM 5151, IBM 5153 and IBM 5154, given the correct setting is set. The 5154 provides support for higher resolutions)
DE-15f + anything = VGA (Compatible with all modern monitors)

May 15th, 2011, 11:53 AM
thanks for your help, I have a MDA card, So I guess I have to get a IBM 5151 monitor or a vga card.

May 15th, 2011, 12:38 PM
Just note that the majority of the 16-bit VGA cards actually keept compability with 8-bit ISA slots, so if you are unable to find an IBM 5151 (or compatible), then it's not nessecary to get a 8-bit only VGA card.

For a list of confirmed working cards, see this list: http://wiki.vintage-computer.com/index.php/8bit_Friendly_ISA_VGA_cards