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    Vertical IBM AT 286

    I've shown this on in the past but all the photos went bye bye when I sold my business and retired. I was hosting all my photos on my old business site.

    This Vertical IBM AT was one of two super finds in my 15+ years collecting old computers. I've added a couple of things and have been trying to keep it original as possible.

    1st photo is how it sit today. IMG_0825.JPG

    Now the case...



    A closeup of the inside channal that the computer slides in on.


    Bottom Glides
    I put tape over the left hand glides so to not scratch the top of the inside case. The case does not touch the bottom glides if you are carefull and get the nylon runners on the bottom of the inside case hooked to the right side channels.

    Bottom of inside case showing the nylon runners.

    Back side. Top of case w/switch opening.


    Front side of bezel.

    The IBM AT computer uses a type 3 motherboard w/512K onboard RAM. It does have a 287 math co-processor installed. It currently has a ST-4038 30MB HD w/DOD 6.22 and Win 3.1 installed. The 5 1/4 inch floppy is a YE-Date YD-380 TYPE 1711 1.2mb. The 3 1/2 inch floppy is a Toshiba ND-3561GR with full faceplate.


    The following IBM cards in the system:

    IBM 128KB/640KB Memory Expansion Option.


    IBM Fixed Disk and Diskette Drive Adapter (first generation)


    Other cards in the system:

    Sound Blaster CT-1790.

    Intel Network 8/16 Card.

    AST Advantage Premium MIO Card. It has 1MB for extended memory, printer and serial ports.

    It as a generic ISA VGA Card not shown.

    Power Supply and left back of computer.


    Left backside.

    And last here is the computer w/Windows 3.1 booted.

    This Computer was bought ~15 years ago off eBay. It came with a mint Model F AT keyboard and an IBM RGB monitor. I have the keyboard in a box but use the RGB all the time with several XT's and PC's. It originally had an IDE drive and the one 5 1/4 inch floppy drive. The 128K memory card also was original to the system. I got the ST-4038 and controller card out of another AT I bought for parts. That was eventually rebuilt as a 99'r and sold off.

    If you ever get a chance to get one of these cases make sure you get the nylon runner brackets with the case. Then buy it then, don't even think about it. In 15years I've see one other listed but w/o the nylon runners. it gets WOW! from most that see it in person.

    Last edited by framer; July 18, 2021, 03:16 PM.


    Just in case you don't know: you can rorate the IBM badge so that it matches the vertical position.


      I've taken badges off several old PC's because they were worth more than the rusted case was. I really don't see the point of turning the badge but thanks for the idea, maybe in the future.

      Strange as it seems I was working on getting an DOS FTP program working on this machine today and it connected and worked on an old site of mine that I've been unable to log onto for months. I've even been unable to use the terminal associated with my service provider. WIN10 ya got to love it...


        What I meant is that IBM designed the badge to be rotatable - without having to remove it.


          How do you do that?


            It's spring loaded. Push from the back side and it will pop out a little and then just rotate it.


              Really!!! Learned something new today. How I own this thing for 15 years and never spot that. Now I will wait till I open the case in a year to change the batteries to do that.


                OK I open it up and turned the badge.

                How did I miss that feature.



                  Originally posted by framer View Post
                  OK I open it up and turned the badge.
                  Yeah, but now when the unit falls over, the badge is going to be the wrong way.


                    An earthquake could not tip it over LOL...


                      The almighty IBM would never allow their badge to be stuck in the wrong orientation. But seriously, that enclosure is awesome! I wonder how many people actually ordered it and how much it cost when it was new.


                        Originally posted by HKG View Post
                        ...and how much it cost when it was new.
                        From IBM's Announcement Letter for the early 5170's (at [here]), the Floor Standing Enclosure cost $165.


                          I think it's a pretty cool option to have in a collection - practically speaking though, I wonder if they're scarce because probably few were sold considering you could have just purchased a plastic base to hold the computer vertically

                          Still - makes the AT look even more ominous and beautiful - thanks for sharing the pictures!


                            I wonder if few were sold because most IBM monitors didn’t have a stand, so they would have been ttoo low for some users’ preferences without sitting on the system unit.

                            There does seem to be some monitors with a stand. I’m not sure if it’s a special monitor that came with it, or an option that was added:

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                              Originally posted by jafir View Post
                              [INDENT]I wonder if few were sold because most IBM monitors didn’t have a stand, so they would have been too low for some users’ preferences without sitting on the system unit.
                              There does seem to be some monitors with a stand. I’m not sure if it’s a special monitor that came with it, or an option that was added:
                              It appears to have been added.
                              From the IBM Announcement Letter referred to in post #12:

                              The following new options are available for the IBM Personal Computer,
                              the IBM Personal Computer XT, the IBM Portable Personal Computer, and the
                              IBM Personal Computer AT:

                              * Display stand (#0216)
                              * ...
                              * ...
                              * ...