IBM 51xx PC Family Computers

This web site is not intended as an introduction to the IBM 51xx PC family of computers.
Instead, this web site is intended to be a reference for computer-savvy people who are already familiar with the IBM 51xx PC family of computers.
This web site contains information that ranges from basic to very technical.

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Manuals
 
IBM 4860/5140/5150/5155/5160/5162/5170
IBM Options and Adapters
IBM Hardware Maintenance Service
IBM Hardware Maintenance Reference
IBM - Some documentation errors
 
Third Party
 
4860 =  PCjr
5140 =  PC Convertible
5150 =  PC
5151 =  Monochrome Display
5152 =  Graphics Printer
5153 =  Color Display                      ( display for CGA )
5154 =  Enhanced Color Display      ( display for EGA or CGA )
5155 =  Portable PC                        ( actually a portable XT )
5160 =  XT
5161 =  Expansion Unit
5162 =  XT Model 286         ( XT-286 ) ( an AT class system, not XT )
5170 =  AT
5175 =  Professional Graphics Display      ( display for PGA )
5181 =  PC Compact Printer                     ( intended for the IBM PCjr )
5182 =  PC Color Printer


IBM 4860

Documentation
IBM 5140

Documentation


IBM 5150  (IBM PC)  
   
Basics Power Measurements
Documentation Minimum Diagnostic Configuration
Motherboard Switch/Jumper Settings Test of SW1 and SW2 via BASIC
Known Problems/Issues Using an AT-Class Keyboard
Motherboard Revisions VGA Cards
BIOS Revisions Disk Cover Plate
Some IBM Expansion Cards and Options Substituting the U33 BIOS ROM
Memory Map of the 640 KB to 1 MB Area 10/27/82 BIOS - Problem of less than 4 banks of RAM
RAM Information Early Versions
Floppy Drive Support External 3.5" diskette drive
Hard Drive Support  
Motherboard Diagrams  
Cassette BASIC  
POST and Initialisation  
   


IBM 5151

Documentation
Video Cable
CRT Heater
IBM 5152

Documentation
Power Up
IBM 5153

Documentation
Known Problems/Issues
IBM 5154

Documentation
Known Problems/Issues


IBM 5155  (IBM Portable PC)  
   
Basics Power Measurements
Documentation Minimum Diagnostic Configuration
Motherboard Switch/Jumper Settings Test of SW1 via BASIC
Known Problems/Issues Expansion Slot 8
Motherboard Revisions Photo of Inside
BIOS Revisions CRT Display Unit
Some IBM Expansion Cards and Options Power Supply
Memory Map of the 640 KB to 1 MB Area External 3.5" diskette drive
RAM Information Adding a DS1216E Real-Time Clock (RTC) Module
Floppy Drive Support  
Hard Drive Support  
Motherboard Diagrams  
Cassette BASIC  
POST and Initialisation  
   


IBM 5160  (IBM XT)  
   
Basics Power Measurements
Documentation Minimum Diagnostic Configuration
Motherboard Switch/Jumper Settings Test of SW1 via BASIC
Known Problems/Issues Using an AT-Class Keyboard
Motherboard Revisions VGA Cards
BIOS Revisions Expansion Slot 8
Some IBM Expansion Cards and Options Significant Differences to the IBM 5150
Memory Map of the 640 KB to 1 MB Area IBM/Xebec HDD Controllers Supplied
RAM Information Hard Drive Cabling
Floppy Drive Support External 3.5" diskette drive
Hard Drive Support Adding a DS1216E Real-Time Clock (RTC) Module
Motherboard Diagrams  
Cassette BASIC  
POST and Initialisation  
   


IBM 5161

Documentation
Cable
Photos
IBM 5162  (IBM XT Model 286)

Documentation Battery
Motherboard Switch/Jumper Settings Photos
Known Problems/Issues  
BIOS Revisions  
Memory Map of the 640 KB to 1 MB Area  
RAM Information  
Floppy Drive Support  
Motherboard Diagrams  
Cassette BASIC  


IBM 5170  (IBM AT)  
   
Documentation SETUP Procedure
Motherboard Switch/Jumper Settings Hard Drive Type Number
Known Problems/Issues Hard Drive Cabling
Motherboard Revisions POST - Codes
BIOS Revisions POST - Some On-Screen Errors
Some IBM Expansion Cards and Options Battery
Memory Map of the 640 KB to 1 MB Area Failures of the CMI 6426 Hard Drive
RAM Information  
Floppy Drive Support  
Motherboard Diagrams  
Cassette BASIC  
   


IBM 5175

Documentation
IBM 5181

Documentation
IBM 5182

Documentation


ROMs  
   
Images of Various ROMs EPROM Programmers
Images of BIOS ROMs for IBM 5150/5155/5160/5162/5170 EPROM Programming Services
Images of BIOS ROMs for Certain XT Clones  
Images of BIOS ROMs for Certain AT Clones  
Supersoft/Landmark Diagnostic ROMs for IBM 5150/5155/5160/5170  
   


Miscellaneous  
   
DOS Programs Commonly Failing Electronic Components (in vintage computers)
RTC Programs Changes to the ST-506/ST-412 Interface
MDA / CGA / EGA Micro Solutions Backpack CD-ROM Drive
BIOS Video Modes Transferring Files From a Modern PC to an Old PC
POST Cards History of 5150/5155/5160/5170 Motherboard Failure at the VCF
Resources at Other Internet Sites Floppy Crossover Cable - Wiring
Serial ports Timeline
DOS Microsoft Mouse
Some Floppy Maths  
   


Out of Scope  
   
XT-IDE Card Hard disk drive clocks
ESD  
Laptops - External Power Supply - Unregulated versus Regulated  
15 things about programming