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I > IBM  > PC XT 286


This mini forum is intended to provide a simple means of discussion about the IBM  PC XT 286 computer. If you want to share your own experience or memories, or add relevant information about this system: post a message!

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Sunday 26th July 2020

If the video adapter is CGA the VRAM is 16 kB.

Wednesday 27th July 2011
williamscommerce (UK)
Williams Commerce

We have one of these still running in our office, complete with original EGA screen. It runs every day and we use it for visitors to sign in on with a database we have created... great fun and still useful.

Saturday 18th December 2010
Jose (U.S.A)

I have an IBM PC XT 286 and would like to know what kind of monitor iit can use and if they are still available?

Thank you


Monday 19th April 2010
Kyle (South Carolina)

This looks familiar. My old man works for IBM and from 1986 until about 1992 I had an XT 370 sitting in my living room. Very similar to this but had a 10 MB hard drive, was only capable of a 4 color CGA, This one came with 128k ram but we had an expansion card to bring it to 640k. It must have weighed 80lbs.

We also had a 2800bps modem connected to it with a receptacle for the phone hand set, complete with a touch tone generator attached to the mouth piece to enable IBM dial-in.

In 91 we added a PS/2 mod 60 laptop and PS/2 Mod 80 to the collection. All running OS/2, very expensive and very close to useless.

Monday 11th February 2008
Mike Rogers (USA)

I forgot all about these things! These were poor sellers at best due to their incompatibility with full height cards (as Mr. Powell stated below). We used to leave most (if not ALL) of the case screws out and 'adjust' the cover to accomodate them! Just like the AT, you need a setup disk to get into the BIOS settings since the BIOS does not have the software built into it.

Wednesday 7th February 2007
Mark Powell  (UK)

I worked for an IBM dealer from '84 to '87. When the XT-286 came out, we had problems with a lot of the expansion cards. The AST Rampage for example was a 'full height' card designed for the 'new' PC-AT machines. Because they'd squeezed the AT motherboard into an XT chassis, they Rampage's were about 1/4" too tall to fit. We had to quite literally use a plane to take off as much of the top of the Rampage's PCB as possible to make it fit!!

Tuesday 30th January 2007
Andrew (Russia)

Could you please help me! I would like to know how do I get into "BIOS setup" on this computer.

Friday 27th August 2004
Samuel Coleman (Canada)

I still have a PC XT 286! This was the computer I learned my stuff on. The monitor (and I think the keyboard, too) are different on my computer, but it is fine. I'm running MS-DOS 5.2, and am amazed the old thing still works, and - you're going to hate me for this - I'm making the beast into a Karaoke machine!

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