IBM 5151 (MDA display) - common faults / gotchas?
jules.richardson99 at gmail.com
Fri Nov 7 19:00:30 CST 2014
So, my local bookstore guy has an IBM 5151 monitor for sale, which is
a) I haven't seen *any* vintage IBM PC kit locally in the last 8 years,
b) I picked up a 5160 with an MDA display adapter but non-IBM monitor from
John over in Duluth a few weeks ago, and I was thinking what a shame it was
that it didn't have the original IBM screen.
So, it's almost like it's meant to be, or something...
Of course working condition is unknown, so before I commit to it, are there
any common showstoppers with these displays (failed CRT, yoke windings,
LOPT etc.) - or are whatever faults that may be typical with them all in
components that are still available?
(I'm kicking myself a bit because he said I was welcome to bring it home
over the weekend to try it out and then bring it back if I decided I didn't
want it - I just couldn't remember at the time if the 5151 was the MDA
display or something else, but with hindsight I probably should have just
taken it regardless!)
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