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PC XT 286

The IBM PC XT 286 is an intermediate computer between the IBM PC XT and the IBM PC AT.

It had a very short career because most of its features can be found in the PC AT.

Contrary to the PC XT, it has a saved clock and a calendar.

James G. Davis reports:
Only a few were made-maybe 20,000. Someone with IBM told me that they stopped making them when they had used up all the XT boxes, since the new ATs used a different box.


We have one of these still running in our office, complete with original EGA screen. It runs every day and we use it for visitors to sign in on with a database we have created... great fun and still useful.

Wednesday 27th July 2011
williamscommerce (UK)
Williams Commerce

I have an IBM PC XT 286 and would like to know what kind of monitor iit can use and if they are still available?

Thank you


Saturday 18th December 2010
Jose (U.S.A)

This looks familiar. My old man works for IBM and from 1986 until about 1992 I had an XT 370 sitting in my living room. Very similar to this but had a 10 MB hard drive, was only capable of a 4 color CGA, This one came with 128k ram but we had an expansion card to bring it to 640k. It must have weighed 80lbs.

We also had a 2800bps modem connected to it with a receptacle for the phone hand set, complete with a touch tone generator attached to the mouth piece to enable IBM dial-in.

In 91 we added a PS/2 mod 60 laptop and PS/2 Mod 80 to the collection. All running OS/2, very expensive and very close to useless.

Monday 19th April 2010
Kyle (South Carolina)


YEAR  1986
CONTROLLERS  Professional keyboard with function keys, numeric keypad and editing keys
CPU  Intel 80286
VRAM  Unknown
ROM  64 KB
TEXT MODES  80 x 24 / 40 x 24
GRAPHIC MODES  CGA modes : 320 x 200 / 640 x 200
SOUND  bipper
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  eight internal slots (six 16 bit ISA and two 8 bit ISA), RS232c, Centronics
BUILT IN MEDIA  One 5.25'' disk-drive & 20 MB hard disk
PRICE  $4000 ?

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