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March 22nd, 2017, 08:56 AM
I obtained another 5160 IBM: chassis, power supply, board + CPU "for parts only". Speaker tag says April of '86. Included were full-height IBM HD + 1/2 height 5.25 + 3.5 drives, IBM FDC, IBM HDC, AST Six-Pack Plus and a VIP MGA-III / P combination monochrome Hercules adapter and parallel port, which I mistook for a combo serial and parallel port at first, since it was so small and unfamiliar.

Monochrome will do fine for testing and setup as I have an IBM 5151 but I would eventually like to have a color display. I obtained another IBM monitor, a 5154, reportedly DOA, which will be a project in itself. But the question is: If I am looking for a color video "card" does the 5154 limit me to EGA? I looked on MZD and saw that some VGA cards will work with the 5160, but will they work with a 5154?

Thanks for your replies.


March 22nd, 2017, 09:44 AM
YES and NO.


VGA is Analog

The 5154 may work with a CGA card... when it's ready to work. :smile:

Some (16-bit) VGA cards will work with the 5160 -- but not with the 5154/EGA.

BTW, I have a Paradise EGA 480 card for sale.

March 22nd, 2017, 10:34 AM
The ATI VGA Wonder 16 will work in a 5160.

It's an extremely versatile 16 bit card, but will work in an 8 bit or 16 bit slot.
The card will drive ANY monitor, mono/cga/ega/vga.


March 22nd, 2017, 11:57 AM
Thank you both for your suggestions. I'm a long way from needing a color card but I'll keep my eyes out and hope to learn more about their abilities.