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PS/2 Model 25

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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The school I have worked at for the last 16 years has a number of these that I have stored in a closet. Also Model 25SX $ Model 30/286''s and some others. I pulled this one out this week (9/2014) hoping to put it on display for the kids to see, plugged it in along with a matching IBM keyboard and it fired right up! Has a 20G Hard drive in it and came right up to the C:$ prompt. This is the way IBM used to build equipment!!

          
Thursday 25th September 2014
Lee (USA)

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
Wyatt

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
Karns (USA)

 

NAME  PS/2 Model 25
MANUFACTURER  IBM
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  august 1987
END OF PRODUCTION  Unknown
KEYBOARD  Full stroke keyboard, PS/2 type
CPU  Intel 8086
SPEED  8 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR  optional Intel 8087 (math co-processor)
RAM  512 KB, upgradable to 640 KB
VRAM  Unknown
ROM  Unknown
TEXT MODES  Unknown
GRAPHIC MODES  MCGA graphics : 640 x 480 in monochrome, 320 x 200 in 256 colours
COLOrsc  262 144 colours palette
SOUND  Internal PC buzzer
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  Parallel port, 9pin serial port, 2 x ps/2 ports, 2 x internal expansion slots (8-bit)
BUILT IN MEDIA  one or two 3.5'' floppy drives (720 KB each)
OS  OS/2, DOS
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in power supply
PRICE  Unknown





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