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Great Hierophant
July 20th, 2011, 12:06 AM
Serial UART Type - 8250, Model 25 planar shows discrete 8250 chip.

Parallel Port - Unidirectional or Bidirectional?

I read that the floppy adapter does support the high density drives.

Any possibility of connecting a real speaker instead of the beeper on the 30? The 25 has an earphone connector.

IRQs and DMAs - Up to 7/3, as the 8525 has one 8237 DMA controller on board. If only 7/3, what IRQ does the mouse port use? My guess is 3. 0 for the System Timer, 1 for the Keyboard, 2 available (for video), 4 for the Serial, 5 for the Hard Drive, 6 for the Floppy Drive and 7 for the Parallel Port. DMA 0 for the RAM refresh, DMA 1 for the Hard Drive, DMA 2 for the Floppy Interface, DMA 3 free. Can any of this stuff be changed or disabled?

DOS lives on!!
July 20th, 2011, 04:22 AM
Any possibility of connecting a real speaker instead of the beeper on the 30?Not unless you add a sound card. My Moodel 30-286 doesn't have any built in sound ports.

glitch
July 20th, 2011, 04:25 AM
There was an IBM voice synth card that was popular in the Model 25s...all of the ones we used in elementary school had them. They used the same TI voice synth as the Speak 'n Spell. I think I still have a few somewhere.

evildragon
July 20th, 2011, 06:27 AM
The model 25 has a bi-directional parallel port, but hardly anything can use it because it's different to enable than a normal ps/2.. any standard EPP ISA card though will work though..

billdeg
July 20th, 2011, 08:09 AM
There was an IBM voice synth card that was popular in the Model 25s...all of the ones we used in elementary school had them. They used the same TI voice synth as the Speak 'n Spell. I think I still have a few somewhere.

I'll trade you an 8085 SBC card for one or something else easy to ship. Interested? I have a special affinity to the PS/2 Model 25, it was the first computer that I purchased entirely with my own money, in college fall 1987. Came with the Collegiate Kit, which was an IBM version of Windows 1.04 made just for the model 25. If Ian is coming this weekend you can give to him and skip the shipping thing altogether.

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IBMMuseum
July 20th, 2011, 11:36 AM
Serial UART Type - 8250, Model 25 planar shows discrete 8250 chip.

Parallel Port - Unidirectional or Bidirectional?

I read that the floppy adapter does support the high density drives...

Correct on the UART, the 16550 was the standard on microchannel planars (PS/2 models numbered as 50 or above). All PS/2 planar parallel ports were bi-directional in some form, able to use the "Data Migration Facility". The FDC on the 8086-based Model 25 and 30s was able to run the proprietary 1.44Mb drives, the Model 30 being a little more picky on brand than the Model 25.