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.

100 thoughts on “Brand NEW IBM PC AT + Model M! Unboxing & Setup [LGR]

  1. In the western part of the US, in the retail sector, this PC could have been sold by "Computerland" or "Businessland." The cost? Around $2.5K; which would be near $6K in 2019 dollars,. I worked for a high-tech startup in the Silicon Valley area of California, where this kind of PC was being considered as a low-cost computer for "Computer-Aided Engineering/Design (CAE and CAD) development work . . . as such a PC was many thousands of dollars less than the standalone computer workstations that were popular at the time: Apollo, Tektronix, Digital Equipment Corp (DEC), SUN, Silicon Graphics, and others.
    I recall back in 1985 the IBM PC-AT were hard to find, as production was temporarily curtailed due to hard-drive failures it was having. The CAE company I worked for was so desperate for an IBM PC-AT that I ended up driving over 200 miles round-trip to pickup an AT from a Sacramento (California) retailer; as it was the only one to be had on a retailer's shelf in Northern California. The retailer wasn't going to ship it via UPS to a startup company, as they wanted to see a cashier's check for the full amount.
    I recall on the drive back when I first heard the world premier of the song on the radio: "We Are The World," that was an all-star performance, led by Michael Jackson.

  2. (in a tone of amazement) Ah! Partitioning drives! There was a time when DOS was so primitive that a PC with a 30 MB hard drive had to be partitioned in two-parts, as a version of DOS back then could only recognize 20 MB of hard drive space. So, on a single 30 MB had drive, the section of Drive C would be 20 MB; and the partitioned section, on the same hard drive, would be Drive D with 10 MB.

  3. Wow what a great vid, my first computer was a amstrad cpc 464 then onto a ibm 386 and then I hit the jackpot in early 90’s buying an elonex 464 “with a built in tape streamer” it was like finding god lol. I brought it for £200 “because the man thought it was broke, once I swapped ide and disabled the lock , it worked like a dream, used it for the rest of the year and then my child touched just random keys and it rebooted and from then on I needed a system disk to boot it up, sold it for £800 end of the year “Christmas Money lol”, I had forgot all about the changing the C:// To A:// when ever you run a floppy lol, thx mate, brought back some great memories watching this 👍

  4. Reminds me wen i got my first pc on 90s 🤤😍😍😍 and after i always cover my pc with some plastic . Cause of the dust ..

  5. Everything works… Hardware made at that time many years ago was so good quality that you can send it to fly in space for several decades.

  6. watching this two years too late, he's opening the keyboard and my brain is screaming, click those keys mfer! Sorry Dude, my brain is rude AF.

  7. I remember when my all mahogany acoustic guitar came in and after taking it out of the packaging I had a moment like LGR did with the keyboard. The smell of fresh mahogany and gloss finish was nice.

  8. That new cars smell is actually polyvinyl chloride, known as PVC, which produces highly dangerous VOCs known to cause cancer… breathe in, LOL

  9. I started with this kind of computer at work when there still not were hard drives, only 2 floppy disks. Nice to see this video, it brings back memories.

  10. This is amazing to find and I just want to say that I am 34 years old and I find that these older computers are more durable then these new ones on the market.

  11. Where would you find some office programs for organizations? I also find that there was a company that I worked for and they used these for there organization and for there record keeping.

  12. I had the same computer back in the early 90's and I used a color Magnavox monitor, serial adapter for a mouse. Played Kings Quest V on it. With 20 360k floppies.

  13. My dad worked at a papermill back in the 80s-90s and IBM would send their stuff up for recycling. We got our first computer in 1989 and my dad used to bring stuff home whenever a truck would come up. I still have a box packed away in my basement full of those IBM "manuals in a box" and other manuals in big IBM binders, plus some old 5.25" floppies and stuff that managed to make it that far. For the most part the manuals were a bit outdated by the time they made it to his plant but I still learned a ton from them.

  14. The guy with the warehouse full of vintage computers will be King of Kings when the alien apocalypse has come and gone, destroying all our technology in its wake. 😑

  15. My XT 8088 looked just like this, except for the two floppy drives and initially no HDD – but 640KB of RAM! That was 1988 and I was 10… the golden days! 😀

  16. Hi LGR,
    OMG. I remember Speedstor. It saved my tail so many times. It used to upset me when you didn't get any initialization software when you bought a new hard drive. DOS didn't include it because it was an operation specific to the hard drive. I was lucky and I found Speedstor and used it on many hard drives.
    One other thing about the ram in the computer. Early systems only utilized the first meg of ram, reserving out from 740-1000k for system and using the rest (0-740) for operation. Any memory above that had to be configured before DOS could use any of it. Configure it as extended or expanded memory to use ram above 1m. There is no guarantee that the software will use it but it is there for programs that use a lot of memory. A lot of programs never really seem to use extended memory but one thing I found it was good for was creating virtual drives.

  17. in 2002 i offered my pc for sale it was made in 1997 works on win95 and 98 no one wanted to buy it from me , finally i found someone was looking for the sound card and decided to buy it from me only to get it with 25 USD !!

  18. I wouldn't even sate my time putting power to that thing!! Owned several in my lifetime, AT and XT models and upgraded them constantly. They were still total shit even after any upgrades! It's like cutting your whole lawn with a pair of shears! It's like mistaking sand paper for toilet paper, its like using it for a doorstop and always having it in your way!!

  19. I must say, I really enjoy your reviews and unboxings. Probably cause your actions and reactions are EXACTLY how I would be on those cases. Hahahaha kudos LGR!

  20. Ok I stopped trying to build a time machine. The schematics and the rituals were too time consuming. I'll just watch LGR instead.

  21. 3:15 OMG check that crispy.. 30 years old paper… and that thing stuck in there all this time …. what envy !!!… i am … i … damn I'm drooling all over my keyboard here…

  22. Aaaah 'Spango Valley' in Greenock. Merely 30 minutes or so drive from where I live in Glasgow, Scotland. The IBM factory eventually shut down in 2018 but there was even an IBM dedicated train station which I believe is still there!

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spango_Valley

  23. Im even more picky as I would have wanted a NOS IBM period correct monitor for the first startup. Like both monitor and computer being unpacked at the same time 😁

  24. The 286 was sold for a extremely short time.

    The 386 followed the 286 right away.
    Where I lived it didn't even have a chance to get on store shelves.

    Just mail order places carried the 286s.

    No one wanted the 286 once the 386 came out because of the large difference in performance from the 386.

    It killed the retailers who purchased a large order of the 286.

  25. This brings back so many memories, this was the first PC my family had when I was growing up and its what my dad taught me how to use a computer on. I even use to do my homework and print it on our dot matrix printer lol

  26. It would be nice if you posted a link for where you got this from so other collectors may have a chance at acquiring one of these instead of keeping that information to yourself.

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