LGR – IBM Computer 5150 Vintage Laptop or computer Program Review

LGR – IBM Computer 5150 Vintage Laptop or computer Program Review

Review from the standpoint of a informal collector of video clip online games: is the 1st “Computer”, the IBM 5150, really worth buying nowadays? A operate-down of the history, pros and negatives of the technique and online games, what to glance for and be aware of when buying, as perfectly as some of the other eight-bit desktops and revisions in the 5150 lineage. MS-DOS has by no means been so fine.

Alley Cat
Pharaoh’s Tomb
Wheel of Fortune
Ikari Warriors
Established the Hostages Cost-free

Activity footage recorded working with CGA composite-out with a mic directed toward the Computer speaker!

Lots a lot more details and troubleshooting at:

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  1. nehabje
    nehabje 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    Ah, nostalgic again about the old intro!

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  2. pannonianbrute
    pannonianbrute 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    You actually took the time to tape and digitalise the video sections? You truly are a class act lol.. Like a trip back to the 80s….

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  3. vorkev1
    vorkev1 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    just think in 2010 he payed $20 not they sell for $600

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  4. vorkev1
    vorkev1 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    I rember upgrading my first one with a mfm harddrive

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  5. Jenn E
    Jenn E 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    My father went back to school when I was in high school and we didn't have the money for a proper PC. My grandparents gave us their old 5150, and this is what I used for writing papers, because I was told a typewriter wasn't okay.

    When was this?

    1995 lol

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  6. mstcrow5429
    mstcrow5429 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    You're a keytease.

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  7. Indigo8086
    Indigo8086 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    my dump find 5150 came with a 10MB hard drive and the floppy disk.

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  8. tarstarkusz
    tarstarkusz 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    You would be amazed at what you could do with this machine. For one, you can put an emulation card in it and use it as a terminal. There's also 123 and I've seen some really complex spreadsheets running on a PC 5150 or an XT class machine. The MDA card has very high resolution compared to CGA (which is 640×480 in character mode) and there's always the Hercules card. Another booter you might want to get is Burger Time, I hear it looks excellent in composite and is faithful to the arcade.

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  9. johneygd
    johneygd 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    Huh i alway's tout that the ibm pc dit had a cga chip builtin along with a color monitor,but NOPE you had to buy them saperatly.
    It even ditn't had a graphics chip only text, am mean in 1976/77 yes i can understand that but for 1981? Mm not really, oh well it atleast is expendiblw and it set the standard for what pc's are today, it's awesome legendary system.

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  10. phlaelym
    phlaelym 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    Oh man, I still play that version of Wheel of Fortune to this day.

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  11. Michael Slade
    Michael Slade 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    Re the keyboard: the XT had a different keyboard protocol to the later AT and PS/2 and the rest.

    If you use the wrong kind of keyboard, when you type you get random characters and craziness.

    Some keyboards had a switch on the underside to select either of the XT or AT protocols.

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  12. YJZep
    YJZep 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    I never wanted an IBM until the early 90s when Wolf3D made us all want to put our SNES's away. THEN we got the 486 (ahemmmm….for "school") I always had an atari 800XL. As a kid, gaming on either that or a c64 was much better than an IBM game experience…

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  13. Jimi Kivilompolo
    Jimi Kivilompolo 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    hmm diffrent the games if we think today gta v for example omg! :)

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  14. Jimi Kivilompolo
    Jimi Kivilompolo 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    does internet existed in 1981 or was it just the computer? have to ask i born in 1994 so i don't know how it was in the 80's 😀 we get internet 2005 :)

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  15. Benrob0329
    Benrob0329 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    LINUX! The PCE screenshot was taken on a Linux system!!!

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  16. xdibblerx
    xdibblerx 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    We had the 5150 at work way back when. I remember that we had a computer tech from the computer company literally spend 3 months setting it up with the massive 10MB hard drive and CGA graphics. I think my boss thought it was this great new thing and after it was set up (for the accountant) it was largely ignored. I think the only use it got was when we would play othello on it.

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  17. Benjamin Drewes
    Benjamin Drewes 25 February, 2016, 21:07


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  18. Doddo MultiGamer
    Doddo MultiGamer 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    I'd be ashamed if I were an IBM employee and see that Atari 2600 port of battlezone has better graphics and framerate than the next gen IBM PC version

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  19. Doddo MultiGamer
    Doddo MultiGamer 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    Battlezone for PC was a disappointing port if you ask me since the framerate is SHIT!!! Atari 2600 version has more colorful graphics and constant 60FPS

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  20. nathan wicks
    nathan wicks 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    Chaplin technology even something like cathode ray tube amusement device in his hands just seems plain wrong

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  21. Some “User” Roblox
    Some “User” Roblox 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    back then screens could give off radiation.

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  22. Blur Lahonez
    Blur Lahonez 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    Those graphics kick my atari's ass.

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  23. Art Evol
    Art Evol 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    wow they used dead celebrities to sell shit back then too!
    unless chapplin was still alive in the 70s..

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  24. Craft And Blow Up
    Craft And Blow Up 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    This pc is sh*t

    My pc have 8-cores cpu GTX 970 gpu and 16GB RAM memory… So what we talking about?!

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  25. Roman Horak
    Roman Horak 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    Agreed.  Having cut my teeth on an old IBM XT system growing up, nothing compares to the tactile experience.  Miss those big floppies, drive doors and realizing my buddy copied that game to a high density diskette!  D'oh!

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  26. CaffeinePizza
    CaffeinePizza 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    I've been wanting to acquire an IBM 5150, but looking on eBay… wow. prices have gone up…

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  27. Kit Caboodle
    Kit Caboodle 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    Omg that part where you compared the graphics card to the keyboard was just so awkward I had to laugh! Man you have come a long way!

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  28. maboroshi1986
    maboroshi1986 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    @F_A_B123 no. The 80186 was the next Gen of the x86 processor. It wasn't very useful though in comparison to the 8088 so everyone just waited for the 80286.

    The 8088 was a stripped down version of the 8086. Kinda like a Celeron version of it I guess.

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  29. TheDisgruntledCactus
    TheDisgruntledCactus 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    Ah, if I remember right, the Russians had their computers running on a cloned version of this PC's CPU. Interesting.

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  30. zeN FTW
    zeN FTW 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    Can i run GTA 5 on that pc ? 😀 :))

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  31. ldchappell1
    ldchappell1 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    I used to work for an arcade in 1980 and I remember when the arcade version of "Battlezone" came out. The green line 3D tank game. My boss loved that game but it was always breaking down. My favorite arcade game back then was "Missile Command."  I used to play that game for hours after the store closed. Of course, the employees didn't have to pay for the games. We just unlocked the front panel and pushed a small red button that allowed you to set up to 99 credits. I was always trying to impress the pretty girls by giving them free credits.

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  32. VitriolicGhost
    VitriolicGhost 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    Hey, our video cards will eventually be that big again, I'll bet. My last four video cards have only been getting larger, with my new GTX 970 being just enormous, it barely fits in my case.

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  33. Chad robinson
    Chad robinson 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    I have Wheel of Fortune and a NEC Refurbished Windows 95 with an IBM color display (SO NOSTALGIC!!!).
    Hard drive has a lot of bad sectors and a corrupt registry after many years of use though…looking online for a new one :(

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  34. dalekman tardis
    dalekman tardis 25 February, 2016, 21:07

    Was this made with vhs? You can see the line of VHS glitch at the bottom.

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