Looking for IBM PC/XT/AT technical references
ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Mon Sep 12 18:12:13 CDT 2005
> Hello all,
> My latest "refocusing" of the collection is on IBM PC hardware
> (PC/XT/AT, original IBM cards, peripherals, etc.) and on software IBM
> sold for the PC line. In line with this, I'm also very interested in
> any technical manuals IBM produced.
> So far my meager technical manual collection is:
> 1. Guide to operations (PC, XT, AT)
> 2. Technical Reference (XT, AT)
> 3. Hardware Maintenance and Service (XT, AT)
> All of the above are originals, and the AT Maintenance set includes
> diagnostics from 1.01 to 1.05 along with loopback testers, and what
> looks like a 10-BASE2 terminator (or maybe Arcnet??).
> I'd like to get:
> 1. Technical Reference (PC)
> 2. Hardware Maintenance and Service (PC)
> Original, copies, or scans will do ...
> Also, I'm wondering what other technical manuals exist. I know there
> is an "options and adapters" series, but what else is there?
Ones that I know exist (these are not the official titles, I can get
those if you need them):
PC/XT and Portable TechRef
All those existed in at least 2 version : Early ones had information on
the expansion cards, later ones only had information on the motherboard,
PSU, keyboard. The expansion card info got moved to the Options and
Early PC/AT TechRefs cover the 6MHz system only using those 128K
'piggyback' RRAMs (2 64 K bit chips with strange pinouts soldered together),
later ones also cover the later mainboard using 256K DRAMs, and the 8MHz
PC/jr TechRef. I've never seen this without the peripheral information
Options and Adapters TechRef. The 'base version' of this is 2 binders. It
contains info on the 8-bit I/O stuff only -- the expansion unit,
expansion cards, monitors, drives, printers, etc.
There's a suplement for the AT expansion cards (combined serial/parallel
card, combined floppy/hard disk controller, 16 bit memory expansion
There are many more suplements for later add-ons. One particuarly
complete one is the EGA technical reference.
Scientific Options and Adapters TechRef. Covers the Professional Graphics
controller, GPIB card, Data Acquisition card.
There must have been a TechRef for the XT/286, it's about the only one I
PS/2 Hardware Interface TechRef. This is a pale shadow of the earlier
ones. No scehamtics, no BIOS source. But better than nothing.
There will have been HMS manuals for all the PC family machines. I can't
see the use of them -- the information _I_ need to fix the machine is in
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