IBM 5150 maximum memory?
trixter at oldskool.org
Thu Apr 24 22:25:49 CDT 2008
Chuck Guzis wrote:
> It was possible to purchase a
> really-stripped-down 5150 through various sources (probably gray-
> market as I doubt that IBM sold them that way) with no cards or disk
> drives and only the first 16K installed on the planar. I believe
> that the San Jose Computerland offered that deal fairly early on. I
> was never able to determine if they purchased the boxes that way or
> canibalized the RAM for other machines. There was a DRAM shortage on
> at the time.
Wow, I can't see it being useful at launch with 16K -- the DOS 1.0 took
up about 11K if memory serves, and command.com 5K all by itself... I
guess that left 1.5K to run BASIC.COM and that was all she wrote...
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