Mick's Collection of Obsolete Computers

 

Computers CPU's   Printers
My Main Computer

Accorn Risc PC700

Amstrad PC1640HD20

Apricot LS Pro

BBC 64K Microcomputer

Compaq DeskPro 286e

Compaq Prolinea 4/66

Dell 210

Dell 425s/L

Dell 450s/NP

GIGA

Highscreen Tower

ICL SD486-VL

IBM PC XT 5160

IBM PC AT 5170

IBM PS/1

IBM PS/2 Model 30

IBM PS/2 Model 50Z

IBM PS/2 Model 55SX

IBM PS/2 Model 80

Macintosh IIci

Macintosh IIcx

Macintosh IIfx

Macintosh Classic II

RM Nimbus 186

RM Nimbus 186 20MB

RM Nmbus PC 386/25

RM Nimbus PC 486/25SX

RM PC 466 PCI

Tandon 386/N

Wang PC350/16s

Zenith Data Systems Z-200

Zenith Eazy PC

Pent

Arm

8086

386

6512

286

486+

286

486

486

386

486

486

286

286

286

286

286

386

386

68030

68030

68030

68030

186

186

386

486

486

386

386

286

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This is a list of the computers, printers and other peripherals that I have managed to collect since I first started collecting in the spring of 2001. It is interesting to see the way that the design and construction has changed over a fairly short period of time. Basically I didn't really know anything about computers at the time, but after having spent the last thirty years working on cars I had got fed up with them and decided that it was time I got another interest and so now I have a house full of computers.

I have found it an interesting pastime to dismantle & clean these old machines. It gives you a chance to try to understand how they work. It is even nicer when you get one that doesn't work when you first get it but by the time you have cleaned and checked it all you manage to get it going.

I think that the most useful site I have found for advice is the Obsolete Computer Museum Helpline , a very friendly & helpful group of people. I have learnt a great deal reading through there messages each day.

It does seem that IBM tried various different set-ups on there P/S2 range in the early days before settling for the present day standard design. This is partly the reason that I decided to create a list of the part numbers of the components that are in each computer. At least this way if I have a problem with one I can check and see if I have another computer with the same part to try in it. But as is quite often the case in the early machines parts are not that interchangeable.

The picture above is of a Transdata Model 305 portable data transmission terminal. This I came across at a local scrap yard in August 2002, does any one remember these. I picked it up because I thought it looked unusual.

Amstrad MPS 1270

Apple ImageWriter II

Apple LaserWriter 11NT

Brother HL-760

Brother M1224 L

Citizen 120D

Citizen 224

Epson JX-80

Epson LX-300

Epson LX-800

Epson Color 11

HP DeskJet 500C

HP Desk Jet 520

HP DeskJet 550C

HP ThinkJet

Olivetti PG306

Star LC10 Colour

Portable Computers CPU's Word Processors What's this HP processor?
Amstrad PPC640

Bondwell Model 2

Compaq LTE

Compaq LTE 5000

Grid XT140

Olivetti M111

Sharp PC-4501

Toshiba T3100

Wren Executive

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Z80L

8086

P75

NECV20

NECV30

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286

Z80

Brother WP-6

Brother LW-35

Click on image for more pictures

Games Consoles      
Coleco Vision Z80 ?    

 

Useful Links

Please E-mail Me if you have any info or manuals Etc. on any of the items above, or if you have any suggestions about anything
that needs adding.

 

Last Updated 13th September 2002