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    Hercules card??

    My IBM PC came with the original(not a clone) Hercules card with original driver disk. What should I know about this card and what is its rarity/value is any. I havent heard much about this card.
    Wanted: Any old clunky 286-P1 machine that has some kind of working battery or replaceable with off the shelf parts. Preferred: 10+lbs 386 machines.

    #2
    Try some info here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hercules_Graphics_Card

    Its medium rare, ebay price 50-80$
    IBM PC 5150(A): IBM PC 5150(B): IBM PC 5160 (64-256k): IBM PC 5160 (256-640k): IBM PC 5170 (099): IBM PC 5170 (319/339): IBM PC 5140: IBM PC 5162: IBM PC 5155: IBM PC Expansion Unit 5161:
    WANTED!: IBM 5175 monitor, IBM 5145 monitor, IBM PC/XT/AT rear screws, Intel INBOARD 386AT card, IBM 5140 keyboard, very early IBM PC (S/N: under 5000)
    My IBM PC hardware collection

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      #3
      Be aware that there were several flavors of genuine Hercules cards, so what you can do with it depends on what you've got; e.g., Herc graphics, graphics plus, InColor, etc.
      Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.

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        #4
        It was stock for 1983. MDA monitor. I thimk its the original one. Says nothing except for hercules graphics.
        Wanted: Any old clunky 286-P1 machine that has some kind of working battery or replaceable with off the shelf parts. Preferred: 10+lbs 386 machines.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post
          Be aware that there were several flavors of genuine Hercules cards, so what you can do with it depends on what you've got; e.g., Herc graphics, graphics plus, InColor, etc.
          That's mostly theoretical though, is it not?
          I mean, the only card that had widespread support in software was the original Hercules (and even that one was often relegated to CGA emulation).
          http://scalibq.wordpress.com/just-ke...o-programming/

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            #6
            CGA Emulation? Whats that?

            Yes, that's true. The InColor is a very rare bird, however, and worth keeping around, just for its oddity. The Herc Plus has some drivers for a couple of the word processors popular at the time. It's kind of cool getting multiple font capability on a monochrome graphics card--and again, it's not very common.
            Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.

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              #7
              Ha, wysiwyg!
              Wanted: Any old clunky 286-P1 machine that has some kind of working battery or replaceable with off the shelf parts. Preferred: 10+lbs 386 machines.

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                #8
                I like the Hercules Plus (GB112) because it is smaller. The original GB102 is a huge monster board like the original IBM MDA. I have both, including the GB200 which is a small CGA clone.

                GB200 is a good clone because it is tiny, it has the CGA-snow effect and 100% compatible with 8088MPH demo. The only thing is the composite output (from a header pin) it has wrong hue/color.

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                  #9
                  I have a GB200 REV B.

                  Which header is the composite output?
                  PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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                    #10
                    I suppose it's pins 3 and 4 of the 4-pin header?
                    That would allow you to use the card in an IBM 5155 with the internal monitor. My guess is that this was exactly the idea.
                    http://scalibq.wordpress.com/just-ke...o-programming/

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                      #11
                      Depends on which header--there's a light pen header there also.
                      Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.

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                        #12
                        The P1 (the 3-pin berg)

                        P3 or P4 changes the charset in rom (thin fonts) but they are unpopulated.

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                          #13
                          Too bad Trixter didn't know this about six years ago...

                          Originally posted by Trixter View Post
                          Yes, I found this out the hard way. I've been trying to get my hands on a Hercules card (HGC, HGC+ HGC InColor) and I finally paid money for something labeled Hercules only to get a GB200 in the mail today.

                          Pros: half-length board, parallel port
                          Cons: No composite output...
                          Originally posted by Trixter View Post
                          As the subject says, I have one of these that I have no use for at all:

                          [ATTACH=CONFIG]7370[/ATTACH]

                          Despite the name Hercules, it is a CGA card for driving an RGB TTL monitor. It lacks a composite color output port, but it has a 25-pin female parallel port. Tested working.
                          PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Stone View Post
                            Too bad Trixter didn't know this about six years ago...
                            I tested on mine. I can assure you it has it. How I found It ? Because I love to read about my hardware from the PC-Mag

                            Here is says: plug-in adapter. It is just a berg connector to RCA:

                            https://books.google.ca/books?id=Q2a...posite&f=false

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                              #15
                              Guys, check the attachment in the original thread: http://www.vcfed.org/forum/attachmen...achmentid=7370 Definitely no RCA/composite out on the board I got.
                              Offering a bounty for:
                              - A working Sanyo MBC-775 or Logabax 1600
                              - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

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