The IBM PC Turns 35

August 12th, 2016 by Benj Edwards

Benj's IBM PC 5150

35 years ago today, IBM launched the IBM Personal Computer — the first-ever IBM PC. While it was simply called the “IBM Personal Computer” back then, we now know it more commonly by its model number, 5150.

PCWorld recently asked me to do something to celebrate this anniversary, so just a few days ago, I took apart my personal IBM PC 5150 and documented the process on my workbench. And back in 2011, I wrote some other articles about the IBM PC on the occasion of the machine’s 30th anniversary.

In fact, I’ve done a lot of coverage of the IBM PC over the years, so I thought you guys might enjoy seeing a collection of all of them in one place. Here we go.


IBM PC Retro Scans of the Week

IBM PC-Related VC&G Posts

There may be more lurking out there, but that’s quite a bit of reading if you’re interested in the IBM PC.

2 Responses to “The IBM PC Turns 35”

  1. Geoff V. Says:

    What a beautiful rig!

    Does your PSU make any noise, other than the fan? I remember working on a desk with 6 of those very same machines, and each had a slightly differently-pitched hum. I started wearing headphones back then due to the discordant noise.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Benj Edwards Says:

    Thanks, Geoff! Surprisingly, it’s not all that noisy compared to my Pentium-era machines, which have small fans that whine whine whine non-stop. That era of noisy computers drove me crazy. It’s amazing I lived through it.

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