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IBM PC - Model 5150

IBM PC - Model 5150

Speed4.77 MHz
Memory16 KB

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Release Date: 8/12/1981
Manufacturer: IBM
Original Retail Price:
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Donated By: Craig Mark
The machine that started it all! Available for $3000, this is the machine that ran IBM PC-DOS Version 1.0 (the father of MS-DOS that we know so well) but shipped with a paltry 16K of RAM. IBM sold 200,000 of these units within the first year making it very successful for them and lead to the release of the XT computer in 1983. This machine would be interfaced to the 5MB Winchester Hard Disk ($2000) which was the early version of the hard drives we use today. This machine was built with off the shelf parts, making it an easy target for ‘clones’ although this ultimately is what has led to the popularity of the machine as the standard platform we use today.


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User Comments
George on Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Does this computer have the Single Sided floppy or the Double Sided varient?
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