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    Default IBM XT build almost finished!

    This IBM XT is coming together really nicely! This machine started out as an empty case, and I was going to build a 286 out of it, but the 286 motherboard I had didn't fit! So what I decided to do is obtain a real IBM XT motherboard, and build a real XT out of it.

    The board I got is a 64-256KB mode, but I performed the 640KB hack on it, which worked out great. I also swapped out the AMD 8088 for an NEC V20.

    Here's some pics of the beast:


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    This thing truly is a Frankenstein; It has the case and 5.25" floppy drive of a late-model XT, the motherboard of an early XT, a 3.5" floppy drive from a Hewlett Packard and a Seagate ST-412 from a DEC! I do plan on swapping the 3.5" drive out eventually for a proper black one.

    It's an awesome machine, and I had a blast putting it all together! Now I've got two XTs along with my three 5150s!

    Of course, here's some shots of Windows 1.01 running:


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    Anyone else just love playing with early versions of Windows?


    Also, I found a Microsoft "gray-eyed" mouse on eBay for an irresistible price! This was Microsoft's second mouse, released in 1985 (the same year Windows was!). It is the 25-pin serial version, which is nice, because for the first time ever I won't have to use a 25-pin to 9-pin adapter for my mouse! This will be the primary mouse I use with my IBMs from now on. It hasn't arrived yet, but I'll post pics when it does!

    I need a green-eyed mouse too! They actually aren't worth anywhere near as much a I thought. Love old mice, especially the Microsoft ones.

    That's all for now!
    Compaq - “It simply works better”

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    Lovely machine, congratulations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kuro68k View Post
    Lovely machine, congratulations!
    Thank you!
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    Cool build! What is the checkit benchmark for that combo with the v20?

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    Thanks! Here's the CheckIt benchmark:


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    Quote Originally Posted by compaqportableplus View Post
    Thanks! Here's the CheckIt benchmark:


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    You should adjust your contrast on monitor. There are two shades of green intensity on this cards/monitors.

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    Also 5,25" full height Tandon floppy drive would fit better there
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    Quote Originally Posted by romanon View Post
    You should adjust your contrast on monitor. There are two shades of green intensity on this cards/monitors.

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    Also 5,25" full height Tandon floppy drive would fit better there
    I thought something looked a little off there! Didn’t even think to adjust that. Thanks for telling me!

    I’ve thought about putting a Tandon in there, but finding one for a decent price is hard. I’m not paying 50+ dollars for one floppy drive. Not one as common as a TM100-2A for sure. Having the 3.5” drive is also pretty convenient though.

    But, if I find a cheap Tandon, I’ll grab it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by compaqportableplus View Post
    ...I’ve thought about putting a Tandon in there, but finding one for a decent price is hard. I’m not paying 50+ dollars for one floppy drive. Not one as common as a TM100-2A for sure. Having the 3.5” drive is also pretty convenient though.
    I've seen non-working Tandon TM100-2A drive's sell for silly money, I much prefer having a 3.5" and a HH 5.25" 360k in my XT, I find it far more convenient as i have the choice of using 360k - 720k or 1.44Mb, It was a common upgrade back in the day.

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    Do you have a special controller in yours? Because the stock controllers can’t do 1.44MB.

    But yes, having a 3.5” drive is very handy.
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    I have a generic 16-bit IDE/Floppy controller in one of my XT's and use the XTIDE Universal Bios with a HD floppy bios appended to the XUB, which allows me to use CF connected to the 16-bit IDE and 1.44Mb floppy disks,

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