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Brand NEW IBM PC AT + Model M! Unboxing & Setup [LGR]

Brand NEW IBM PC AT + Model M! Unboxing & Setup [LGR]

Greetings and welcome to an LGR thing. And look what I’ve got today… Cardboard boxes! More specifically, IBM cardboard boxes, as you might be able to tell
from the little logos here and there. And what’s inside there?
Well… ohh… It’s something super cool
and something I’ve always dreamed of doing, and that is getting
a vintage IBM computer, a PC 5170 AT, in this case… and opening it!
Setting it up! And— and powering it on for the first time… since it left the factory decades ago. And so I actually was able to find this… from a guy on eBay who apparently
has access to a warehouse of these things. It just looks amazing!
What I would give to walk through there and see a sight like that just…holy crap. But yeah, I bought one, and here it is. It’s all right here. This one in particular was made in 1988 We’re gonna open it up and
set this thing up in a moment. But just in case you’re not
familiar with these machines, it’s a 286 machine running at 8 MHz. This one has 512K of RAM.
I think a 30 meg hard disk… 1.2 meg disk drive, and… The thing is, this one doesn’t actually have… a video card. Or even an operating system. According to the seller… on his listing on eBay, he says this
computer was manufactured at a time… when the IBM dealer or authorized
reseller installed additional options… and set up the product for the end user. So, if you were wanting to buy an IBM AT– in 1988 in this case– then you wouldn’t actually got to IBM directly. You would go to some sort of middle man,
service dealer, or authorized retailer and… they would get it from IBM, set it up for
you with all the options that you chose. And this is how it came,
before it got to the end user. So, I’m gonna sort of play
the part of that middle man, authorized IBM person and… install a video card, an operating
system, some other software… I don’t even know what else yet. Because I’m not even
entirely sure what’s in here. I am so excited! So let’s do this. I am SO ready… to dive into this thing! Let’s do it! [cutting sounds] Okay, I’ve got a box within a box here. Nice. I like that little message there: “Units manufactured for USA and Canada… require UL listed accessories.” The other things, which is in the other box, we’ll be opening after this. I see the, uh… tape is starting to deteriorate. Which makes sense,
it’s been on there so long. It’s a really cool IBM box, though. Look at that:
“Personal Computer AT System Unit.” This one was made in the UK.
One of their Scotland… assembly plants, if I am correct. I am keeping this box. [laughs] It’s so cool. Oh, this is a magic moment.
It really is. This is the… first time… it’s been opened since assembled. Oh my goodness. [laughs] The styrofoam has
actually melted to the cardboard a bit. There we go. Oh… wow… That… is fantastic. Looks like a few elements have
gotten in here and just sort of… you know, leaked onto that but… not bad. Here we go. First up, we have the IBM Inventory Checklist. And, yeah, keep in mind,
this was not gonna go directly to… the end user, this was, um… you know, for… distributors and retailers and stuff like that. So, it says what it’s supposed to come with. Which it should. And yeah, it’s just in a bunch of
different languages. That’s it, really. It’s just a list of… three things. “If anything is missing or damaged, please consult your place of purchase.” So we have this little back plate… thing here. Well, it’s not little, it’s friggin’ huge. And it’s got some velcro–
Velcro-branded velcro on the back here. Looks like this goes over the I/O plate and just sort of covers up, like, the screws and sort of extraneous… stuff?… Yeah. That’s new to me.
I’ve never seen one of these. Okay. That was simple enough. And the rest of it’s still
stuck in the bottom there. I don’t know if it’s meant to be like that.
Maybe it’s glued in place, I’m not sure. Oh! [laughing] Oh-ho-ho! Oh! How cool is this? This is the first time it has seen the light of day in… man, almost thirty years. Three decades. Close enough to it. So, yeah, you can actually see here,
there’s the “Made in U.K.” sticker, which is of course gonna be removed… you know, by the time it gets
to the user, I would assume. And a nice little key lock here, indicators… And, yeah, it does have a little bit of… not damage, it’s just gonna need… cleaning. Because I assume in whatever
conditions it was stored in, it just got this sort of
modeled effect going on. Which happens any time something
is stored multiple decades and isn’t a perfectly sealed box,
because you could see that tape… was perishing. This right here is a wonderful moment though, So, this disk drive… Um, they always came with this bit of cardboard in there. First time it’s been taken out since leaving the factory. This is to keep the heads from knocking around… and getting damaged during shipment I’m gonna put that back Oh, yes… There’s that delightful power switch, mmm. Oh… Brand new, like it had an extra… …click in there It has now been de-clicked Looks like the cork feet on the bottom are all still in place… The glue hasn’t completely melted away… Some of it has started to… [laughs] Ok, this is interesting, So it is of course manufactured in the U.K., made for sale in the U.S., This is going to have to be switched to… there we go… U.S. voltage. [laughs] That 230 volt, question mark. “Huh?” Yeah, so you can switch it back and forth. Between the voltages of the different countries 5170 little logo right here is sort of sliding downward. The glue didn’t quite hold… But everything else looks to be absolutely… I mean brand new, perfect condition, nothing else seems to be melting, which is good! I assume that it maybe got some sort of heat exposure over time. But yeah, I mean it’s a good sign though Things aren’t completely, you know, melted. It was made in Greenock, Scottland, United Kingdom. Interesting too that it doesn’t actually have this plate filled, it leaves it open… I assume that’s where they expect the video card to go because that’s kind of a necessary thing… It does not have any video output, it just has the basic serial interface over here. And being the age that this is, even though it is brand new… I still want to check the insides to make sure that nothing’s like… You know, burst, or falling apart, and I assume it has an internal battery right here… I’m gonna check that as well. And capacitors, things like that. I mean, it’s been 3 decades, there’s no telling what’s gone on inside of this… Especially if some sort of exposure happened because of that tape failing on the box… [laughs] It’s locked. So, the key lock is engaged which means I can’t actually take the case off it… So, I guess we’re gonna go and open the accessories pack.


don't know if anyone has pointed this out (not like I read all 9,260 comments), but you can still use that 30 year old keyboard with a brand new computer. you need an AT-PS/2 adapter plug, and then a USB-PS/2 adapter.

in regard of the key and lock
all is good unless you have this guy over

I know the 286's protected mode was crap but I am wondering if you could install an OS that could run in it as DOS only ran in real mode. Maybe some early 16 bit Unix or something.

"From a guy who have access to a warehouse" … sounds like a shadowy figure in the middle of the night gained some access LOL

You are like the hardest AND coolest nerd, I've ever watched … You just give ZERO fucks about being an A-Lister geek and I celebrate every minute of it XD #GoGoGo

Imagine owning a warehouse of useless PCs from 40 years ago. Can you even sell enough of them to cover storage fees?

LGR! Dear Brother..I always have a smile on my face while watching your videos! May almighty bless you with the ability to continue your journey to preserve tech history!😊

4:42 – "It does have a little bit of…not damage, it's just going to need cleaning…"
8-Bit Guy, dressed as Duke Nukem, breaks down the door, dual-wielding spray bottles of Retrobright

I have no interest whatsoever in owning an old computer nowadays, but I have to admit it's kinda fun to look at someone else using an old computer and reminisce about what it was like back when it was cool just to own a computer and there was no limit to what I could imagine it could do. Eventually that was ruined by the realization that it couldn't do much of anything, but watching this video, I can still reminisce about the initial excitement.
You'd better damn well mail-in that warranty card.

When you mentioned IBM used to have service retailers who not only sold the machines, but also set them up for the end user, it reminded me of my old job. I worked for a company who did warranty service contracts, but we also ordered and assembled custom computers for customers, then took them on site and set them up. We even would take their old computers, pull their hard drives out, copy their important data, email, printer setup, etc, onto the new computer, install their software if they still had it. We didn't leave until that new computer was set up and they had access to all their old stuff, or at least, as much of it as we could get, which was usually depending on whether or not they still had their software available. That was fun times trying to cram three or four computers into a Nissan Sentra at one time and drive 80 miles to set them up. Good mileage reimbursement definitely padded my paycheck those years.

Back then, we really did believe we weren't selling you computers, we were selling SERVICE, and we took pride in doing a good job.

You just have to laugh when you consider that the raspberry pi can out perform this at $29. In 1989, paid about $450 for a slightly earlier model than this one, a PC-XT 10 Mhz with a CGA card and 1 floppy drive but no hard drive. A short while later I bought and inserted an 80 MEGABYTE Seagate SCSI hard drive. It was about $360, but it really made a big difference. Since SCSI drives were about twice the speed of their counter-parts of the day (MFM or RRL I think), this drive's speed made up for the general slowness of the system. It was also a good purchase because of its longevity. My father continued using very old PC xt clones as ham radio terminals and my drive ran about 20 years before finally spinning down for the last time.

The Key Lock? Isn't that just a software switch to prevent you from truning it on? There is NO physical lock that I'm aware of.

The reason for choosing the lithium battery is that it would probably outlast the usefulness of the computer it was installed into.

Regarding the low level format, there was a way you could do this even on PC XTs with no other software besides what came with. The point is, you didn't need to BUY anything to do that. I remember needing to re-low-level-format old hard drives every few years or so. The is a bios routine. the question is how do you access it. Later bios' could do this for you, but on these early machines I think you had used the built-in BASIC. They had a feature that allowed you to load and run machine language code and you used the BASIC command to jump to an address to launch the bios routine. If you're interested look up the basic commads CALL and USR. I know it can be done because I have done it but its been 30 years so I can't recall the deets.

Please call MMA (Model-M's Anonymous), as soon as possible.

Speaking of Model-M's, I bought two 42H1292 keyboards for $73 in 2001, including shipping.
They were NOS (New-Old-Stock). In other words, they were still in the original box, unopened.
I've since opened one of them, but the other has never been opened. I call mine, "Schrodinger's Model-M."

Even more impressive are the two 1391472 (Space Saver) I bought for $15 each in 2003, although I paid almost $30 for shipping.
They were filthy with cigarette crap all over them, but they cleaned up nicely. They're two of my most precious treasures.

This feels like I'm looking into an alternate universe where LGR is unboxing and reviewing an IBM computer in 1988

30MB is nothing! My dad spent 1000 bugs for the 60mb upgrade! He proudly told his colleagues: I'll never need floppy disks again! LMFAO!

Dude! I know this is old, but you need to run NetHack on it! Oh and I can't believe you were so hep on the keyboard yet knew nothing about initializing an MFM hard drive. No biggy. That keyboard lived in the 'annals' of personal computer history and BIOS level hard drive edits not so much…

oh my god!!!!!!it's so beautiful!!!!! oaahhwaa that frigg'n keyclick!!!!!…….i'm soooooooo oojealous!!!!……rrrriiiiiiiggghhh…..sssssssllllllll……tick..tick..tick…tick..ahhh that floppy seek!!!!!aaarrrrggghhh it's so beautiful…..

I wanted one in the 80s but couldn't afford it then. Have laptops now though. So happy with that. Miss windows 7 more.

Hmmm a nice "new" set of IBM cartons to play with……complete with a dose of Naegleria Fowleri for good measure…no wonder your beard fell off…all these OLD diseases your unboxing.
But, why let a simple case of primary amoebic meningoencephalitis mess up playing DOOM…….

I know this video is almost 3 years old, but I just saw it for the first time and it brought back so many memories. It was 1986 and I was 14 years old…my girlfriend's mom had (what a 14 year old considers) an important job that allowed her to have the resources to buy one of these. My family didn't have the resources to buy one of these, but at the time I had written little programs in BASIC on Atari 800/800XLs and Apple 2C/2E in school. When I first saw this thing it looked like a beast. I remember my exact words the first time she booted it up and I saw the specs:

I chuckled and said "What on earth do you need 30MB hard drive for?"

Ahh, sweet innocence (or ignorance) 🙂

My career has always been around computers and technology so looking around today at all the tech in my home office I envy what you wake up to every morning. Keep doing these…the nostalgia it gives me is my crack!

My first computer was an IBM PC Jr back in the 80's. Now I work for IBM and while I love it, I wish we still made hardware. The IBM Thinkpad is still the best non-Apple laptop ever made …

30 + years old and still works ??? That's why its called an IBM ! That being said can you post a link to the store you bought it from I felt like a kid again watching the video

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