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Amdek 286

Amdek 286

Speed12 MHz
Memory1024 KB
Hard Drive40  MB

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Release Date: 1/1/1986
Manufacturer: Amdek
Donated By: Jim Hassett
We're not too sure about this machine - including the release date so if you have more information please contact us. The Amdek 286 (actual model is SYSTEM/286A-40) is typical of a number of the 286's in the day in that the CMOS settings are not accessible directly. You need to put in a 5.25" disk with the setup program on it. If you don't have this disk, you are in big trouble. It's still possible to find replacement CMOS batteries for this machine.

Ours included a matching monochrome monitor.

User Comments
j s on Sunday, October 20, 2013
I have only seen this name on monitors, never on a PC.
percy on Thursday, July 14, 2011
my first PC was this machine, it was awesome and fast for what it was, i remember running games on it that system requirements were 468 specs, this computer also has the best keyboard ever made, the feel of it was much nicer than anything i have used sense..
Alex T on Sunday, May 31, 2009
The Amdek System 286 and it's lesser powered, XT compatible System 88 were sold in Computerland stores in the United States, circa 1988. Also sold in the same case as the Wyse System 286 (Amdek was a division of Wyse at the time). All variants were backplane systems in that the motherboard was actually a 16 or 8 bit ISA expansion card. The System 286, I remember was reviewed very favourable in an issue of BYTE magazine. One of the distinctive features that was present only in the System 286 was a brightly back-lit in blue LCD display with three buttons on the front of the case that could display the date and time, a graph with system load, and was also addressable via a COM port to display custom messages.
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