OT? Compaq 5/60M

Ian Primus ian.primus.ccmp at gmail.com
Wed Jun 17 00:34:12 CDT 2015

Neat! I used to have a Deskpro 50M that I used for a long time - this
was back when it was only kind of obsolete. It was the 486 version of
this. I gave it away when I moved many years ago and haven't found
another one since. I kind of miss that box, it was... interesting.
Neat to see one that survived!


On Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 12:43 AM, william degnan <billdegnan at gmail.com> wrote:
> I know I keep pushing the boundary of vintage lately but I wanted to report
> to those who care that I finally got my hands on a 1993 Compaq 5/60M - this
> is "a if not the" first desktop computer with a Pentium processor installed
> stock.  it was the 1993 "dream machine - $9000+   It had an EISA bus and
> was otherwise a 486 system with a Pentium controller card, not on the
> motherboard.  Pentium computers' contribution to the WWW era vintage is
> extremely significant.
> Pentium killed the minicomputer, or at a minimum merged into it, if you ask
> me.  The interplay between DEC/Compaq/HP/Intel 1992-1995 culminating into
> the launch of Pentium processor systems is vital to understanding the WWW
> era of computing.  How these companies worked or did not work together and
> how the Pentium vs. the Alpha processor came to be...a good tale of woe and
> $$.
> For those interested:  Compaq 5/60:
> http://vintagecomputer.net/browse_thread.cfm?id=612
> I have a bunch of articles to post on my site related to the first Pentium
> desktops which I will do asap.
> Bill
> P.S. while we're on this off-sh topic I also posted some photos of a
> Digital 486 laptop, DEC had a 486 laptop before it was absorbed by Compaq.
> 1994.  Not really noteworthy other than the Digital name
> http://vintagecomputer.net/browse_thread.cfm?id=613
> P.S.S. and related to Pentium and DEC ... here is one of DEC's early (but
> not the first) Pentium machine
> http://vintagecomputer.net/browse_thread.cfm?id=585

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