IBM was struggling in 1986 against Apple's Macintosh series, so IBM set out to create something that would defeat the Macintosh. IBM came up with a all-in-one similar to the Macintosh. However, the Model 25 & 30 were the low-end (budget) models of the PS/2 range.
The PS/2 Model 25 became quite popular with businesses, but never made it strong with the home market.
The PS/2 Model 25 & 30 were the only system using the MCGA (Multicolor Graphics Adapter) standard. They came with this video features built-in. MCGA offered all text and graphic modes of the CGA standard plus 640x480 monochrome and 320x200, 256 colors (out of a palette of 262,144). It announced the future VGA standard which will become much more popular.
Model 25 & 30 were also the only PS/2 systems using an 8-bit ISA bus (like PC ATs), as opposed to other PS/2 models which used a 16 or 32 bit MCA bus.
Thanks to Alex Rushing for info and picture
Further information from Brandon:
The model 25 came in two models, a monochrome model, and a color model. The monochrome model usually is called "Type 001", the color one being "Type 004".. There never was a type 002, or 003.
The motherboard for the color and black and white models are exactly the same, minus some revisions on the later years. They were always surface mounted though (most of the chips anyway).
They are a tough machine, though when you install one in a new room, it NEEDS to let sit in the room for a couple hours, otherwise the power supply/motherboard will die.
While the floppy drives were 720KB, they "could" use 1.44MB drives, as long as the interface was the same.
They contain TWO BIOS's in them. One called the CBIOS, and the other called the ABIOS.. CBIOS is "Compatible BIOS", and is used for DOS or Windows 3.0 and under... ABIOS, or "Advanced BIOS", is used when it runs OS/2.. OS/2 is the native OS to this unit. They also had an option for a hard drive.
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I saw one of these in a local electronics repair store today - it''s had the same image on it''s screen every day for the last year, which is sad - it''s probably badly burned in. But it was missing the classic keyboard - it had a HP keyboard in its place. Whoever sold the computer to them had decided wisely to keep the keyboard for himself. I have one of the keyboards too - the keyboard is great, but I would have liked to have the computer, to go with it.
Wednesday 18th June 2014
I just got one of these cool little computers. I had one when i was a kid, but didn''t understand DOS at the time. It then had other issues with the monitor, and unfortunately it met it''s demise. The one i just got runs perfectly fine. though it needs a few cosmetic things like drive covers.. etc.
Tuesday 18th December 2012
This was the first computer I ever owned. I bought it used in 1990. I had the 001 type and I just loved it. Others have mentioned it was built like a tank, and I concur. I loved the curly cord from the keyboard to the unit$ great for moving around and getting comfortable. I really miss it$$there was something calming about its simplicity and friendly look.
Wednesday 28th December 2011
PS/2 Model 25
END OF PRODUCTION
Full stroke keyboard, PS/2 type
optional Intel 8087 (math co-processor)
512 KB, upgradable to 640 KB
MCGA graphics : 640 x 480 in monochrome, 320 x 200 in 256 colours
262 144 colours palette
Internal PC buzzer
SIZE / WEIGHT
Parallel port, 9pin serial port, 2 x ps/2 ports, 2 x internal expansion slots (8-bit)