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IBM PC XT System

Manufacturer International Business Machines (IBM)
Model Model 5160 - PC XT
Date Announced 1983
Date Canceled Late 1980s
Number Produced Hundreds of thousands
Country of Origin USA
Price Approx. $4,000 - $10,000 depending on options
Current Value $25-$100
Processor Intel 8088
Speed 4.77 MHz
RAM 64K - 640K
Storage 360K 5.25" floppy drive, 10MB hard drive
Expansion 8 ISA slots
Video CGA or IBM Monochrome standard, EGA and later possible
I/O Parallel, Serial, etc.
OS Options DOS, CP/M-86, UCSD-P
Notes The IBM PC XT (eXtended Technology) was the follow-on to the wildly successful IBM PC. It was sold in basically the same box but there were numerous significant changes. Most importantly IBM sold the machines standard with a hard drive. Additional changes include the addition of three extra slots and the elimination of the rarely used cassette port. The basic architecture of the machine was not changed.
Related Items in Collection IBM PC, IBM PC AT, IBM Portable PC and various clones.
Related Items Wanted IBM Version of the Epson MX-80 printer.

The IBM PC XT in my collection is a complete and original machine that still has the original IBM/Miniscribe 10 MB full-height hard disk running true.

The machine came equipped with a Princeton Graphics display system compatible with IBM CGA.

Interior of the IBM PC XT

The inside of the machine shows off the extra ISA slots that IBM Provided with the XT.

IBM PC XT Screen Shot

And the display shows that the machine is working perfectly.

Also included with the machine are the original IBM manuals: DOS 2.0, BASIC and the XT Guide to Operations.

(Submitted April 2, 2012 01:30:42 by Tyler Beauregard)

I'm looking to buy one of these PC's so I can convert it into a modern computer. I love the looks of these computer's and it would be awesome to turn one into a modern rig with the Retro look. Just email if any one is interested in parting with one. Dosen't matter what the condition AS long as the case isn't wrecked.

(Submitted January 16, 2012 00:13:14 by veronica jacobs)

I have a IBM personal computer xt. I used it back in high school and college. It has the monochrome display screen. It has been stored for many years now. It does power on and go through the memory startup, but I don't remeber how to pull anything up. If any one can help me, or if I get it to working, if anyone is interrested in buying it all for $25.00 email me.

(Submitted October 6, 2011 13:12:28 by William)

I'm wanting knowledge of how to make the MZ DOS Application programs that the compiler, Turbo Basic by Bourland, creates 'gee-haw' (SYNCING) communication port mouse in a IBM pc-xt. Do you know how? If not, maybe you can put me in contact with someone who might? (I haven't found it in my 'millions' of 'computer books, including the Turbo Basic User Manual.)

(Submitted September 22, 2011 15:33:45 by George Piroumoff)

I have an IBM PC-XT computer that I still use. However my printer does not work, and I need one, either for letter size paper (preferably) or the larger printer.

(Submitted February 15, 2011 10:24:41 by Wayne Reeves)

I'm looking for a IBM XT or AT with an ISA bus. I dont need the monitor but would like the PC.

(Submitted October 3, 2010 22:42:03 by White Stallion)

This was our first family computer that my husband bartered with an NSA water filter! From the original price range, I think we got a good deal! The water filter was priced at around $100! We still have the computer and probably still works! Haven't used it in years but has a lot of history in that memory! I am amazed at the history of computers and the technology we had in the beginning...more interesting that all the fluff we have today! :-)

(Submitted October 3, 2010 02:25:36 by Nick Downing)

If I recall the ROM is actually 8K as opposed to the 64K listed on this page. I believe there was an optional BASIC ROM adding another 8K, so 16K when fully optioned. In tech-speak the main ROM address is F000:E000-FFFF so 2000 hex bytes long (8 Kbytes). In later models such as PC/AT and PS/2 the ROM was gradually extended downward.

(Submitted February 23, 2010 19:30:35 by Dmtiry)

very nice. it looks so damn nice ;-)

(Submitted February 8, 2010 23:48:16 by Chris)

I am looking for an old IBM PC or XT, preferably not working (I couldn't / wouldn't destroy a perfectly good vintage machine.), I am going to gut it and build a modern PC into it. I love the vintage look of the machine. If anyone wants to just send me one for the project or sell one REALLY cheap, feel free to email me. Also, if anyone has any ideas on how to make a flat panel monitor look retro, please drop me a line. Thanks.

(Submitted February 8, 2010 13:13:48 by Jayson)

Do you know how much you would like to sell your IBM XT with IBM color monitor, keyboard and DOS books. Also is everything still working fine on it?

(Submitted January 5, 2010 16:09:39 by pj blakely)

I have an original IBM XT with IBM color monitor, keyboard and DOS books. Any idea what it is worth? Anybody want to buy it?

I am moving an unloaded stuff I dont use or need.

(Submitted July 9, 2009 12:09:18 by JeremysArt)

I have a nice collection of Vintage PCs and gaming systems, I had an IBM 5150, but my mom threw it away when I was around 5th grade.. Anyone looking to sell one with a monitor & key board should email me.

(Submitted November 11, 2008 01:06:30 by Frank)

This was my first computer.I got it second hand im 1988.I mostly used it to play chess on it.

(Submitted October 2, 2008 18:40:47 by Keith Burgoyne)

I loaned one of those computers to my cousin. She later threw it out, thinking that it was too old to be of any use to anyone. I nearly killed her. I really really wish I had one of these. Care to sell?

(Submitted August 5, 2008 16:11:49 by Chris)

What a nice, clean specimen. Amazing that the original hard drive still works! you probably could keep the neighbors awake typing on that keyboard at night.

(Submitted July 3, 2008 06:13:29 by (a href=mailto:)atk(/a))

I had one with 5M 5 1/4 inch full size hardisk. Did some heavy C developing with it and TCC v. 1.5.

(Submitted April 24, 2008 01:59:47 by Frode)

In 1985, they also shipped those with two FH- FDDs (like the 5150 PCs) instead of one FH-FDD and one FH-HDD.

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