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    I just love the industrial design of this machine!

    I finally got a working AT 360k drive, and I really like the way the AT looks with dual 5.25" drives. something about it just looks better than a 3.5" B drive.

    of course the IBM 5154 really suits the IBM AT perfectly. With the knobs color coded to to the floppy drives... mmmmmmm i like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkdonut666 View Post
    Well Both items arrived in one piece thankfully!
    Looking good! Happy to see that the 5154 survived shipment... how was it packed and boxed? After my recent thoroughly-deceased arrival, I gotta know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VileR View Post
    Looking good! Happy to see that the 5154 survived shipment... how was it packed and boxed? After my recent thoroughly-deceased arrival, I gotta know.
    it was backed in an extremely heavy duty box, with that soft expanding foam packing bag things. the fit them all around the monitor in the box then let them expand to fill the box perfectly.

    I was extremely impressed. I had contacted the seller on ebay beforehand to MAKE DAMN SURE it was packed well. when i'm spending $600 Canadian on something i don't want it to arrive smashed up...

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    I finally got my hands on one!



    wow these things seem to be surprisingly uncommon and expensive...

    IBM Personal System /2 display adapter. from 1987 (otherwise known as the original IBM VGA) and the only stand alone ISA VGA card IBM made.

    Sold as an upgrade for systems like the PS/2 Model 30 with MCGA, or for PC, XT, & AT systems to use the new IBM 8514 PS/2 display.

    this being back in 1987 when "VGA" hadn't caught on as a standard yet, as EGA was only just catching on having been launched in 1984 with the introduction of the IBM AT. The same graphics were included on the planar board of premium PS/2 models like the Model 60 & 80. But lower end PS/2's such as the Model 25 & 30 featured MCGA which did not fully support all of VGAs features.

    I really wanted one of these as theoretically someone could have purchased an IBM AT in 1987 or 1988 (would have been an 8mhz 286 model at that time) & equipped it with the then cutting edge PS/2 display. (unfortunately my IBM 8514 has a bad flyback transformer) but i have a newer IBM CRT that still fits the look.


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    I have a thread HERE where I am asking for assistance and/or opinions on upgrading one of my IBM AT systems.

    Sort of a "make do" replacement for not being able to find / afford an Inboard AT to upgrade the machine to a 386 i purchased this Mylex FULL AT 386 motherboard and it is awesome! (and higher performance than an inboard anyway)



    and don't worry about me ruining the originality of the machine that had already been don e for me:

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkdonut666 View Post
    The other machine, was no where near original. It had an aftermarket seasonic 230w psu, Seagate 251-1 hard drive, and a 1.44mb floppy drive.
    the machine also has an aftermarket AMI 286 bios. The floppy /mfm controller had also been swapped out with a WD card... ...It also included an Intel aboveboard, ATI VGA card, etc.

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    Awesome collection man! Nice to see there's quite a few of us of our age on here Too bad there isn't more of our age group interested in things like this. I'm just getting started with my collection but I think I'm off to a good start. I just got a 5150 with a 5151 monitor and model F keyboard. Needs some work to fix a 12v short somewhere but shouldn't be too bad. Already have a network card on the way for it along with some software so should be fun. Soldering iron, multimeter and tantalum capicators on standby for when it comes in! I had an Apple IIc like 10 years ago I got at a school auction I went to with my dad. That kind of kickstarted my love for vintage computers. But besides that, I've been a computer nerd since I was like 8 years old anyway so it was only a matter of time lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by austinramsay View Post
    Awesome collection man! Nice to see there's quite a few of us of our age on here Too bad there isn't more of our age group interested in things like this. I'm just getting started with my collection but I think I'm off to a good start. I just got a 5150 with a 5151 monitor and model F keyboard. Needs some work to fix a 12v short somewhere but shouldn't be too bad. Already have a network card on the way for it along with some software so should be fun. Soldering iron, multimeter and tantalum capicators on standby for when it comes in! I had an Apple IIc like 10 years ago I got at a school auction I went to with my dad. That kind of kickstarted my love for vintage computers. But besides that, I've been a computer nerd since I was like 8 years old anyway so it was only a matter of time lol.
    thanks man! I started out collecting retro video game consoles when i was 7 or 8, Started with the Atari 2600 my dad purchased new from sears back in late 1977.

    My first computer was a dell XPS 650R with windows 98se, and that was our only computer until 2008 or so. Around that time, 2007/2008 I remember getting into watching Youtube videos (we didn't get broadband until late 08/09 so my first youtube experiences were over dial up on win98se.

    After discovering AVGN & LGR among other you-tubers, it really fueled the fire i already had for game consoles, and I started collecting P-III era systems.

    It wasn't until MUCH MUCH more recently that my love affair with MS-DOS machines started when i picked up my IBM 5150 & 5153 CGA monitor.

    and it sorta spiraled out of control from there.

    SPEAKING OF SPIRALING OUT OF CONTROL

    I'm now the proud owner of half a dozen IBM PS/2 MCA systems! These were all former Alberta Government machines saved from recycling by a local computer shop employee who traded them to me for some Socket 7 stuff and an AWE64.

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    The machines I got were 2x P70, 2X model 60, model 70, model 77 & model 90xp and I will slowly be trying to get them up and running.

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    That sounds like an awesome collection you're building and a ton of fun to tinker with. As a fellow Canadian I know the difficulty in trying to find vintage machines up here so kudos on getting that large haul to work with.

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    IBM P70 cleaned up very well! I am so incredibly happy to have one of these! the orange neon gas plasma screen is amazingly cool.




    I have my work cut out for me getting these machines working.



    I ended up getting the Model 77 486DX2 working quite well!, and the model 90 should be good once I find a hard drive for it.

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