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#1 2018-01-07 22:48:24

thebasicgeek
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Restoring a semi-legendary IBM prototype, the IBM Personal System/3

I recently got a hold of one of the early prototype IBM Personal System/3 towers more specifically the prototype for the model 55.

Very few if any have heard of the PS/3, very little is known about the planned lineup of systems.
from what i learnt from the person whom i got the system from, The Personal System/3 or PS/3 was intended to be IBM's fourth generation of personal computers. It was planned for a late 2000 release it unfortunately got to retail. A total of maybe 5 units were ever produced. The PS/3 line was created by IBM in an attempt to recapture control of the PC market by introducing an advanced yet highly compatible with earlier systems. IBM believed this compatibility combined with the reliability of the PS/3 would ensure that the systems would sell in relatively large numbers, especially to large businesses.

the system was planned to be released with windows 2000, with many configurations available.

My example is stripped down to parts for the case to be repaired  as well as some minor component repair.

photos should be coming soon.

the OS install is completely corrupt and no files are recoverable so i need some help in obtaining some of the standard preinstalled software and backgrounds that ibm installled on their computers circa late 1999 to late 2000


Personal Power PC mac - Powermac g4 mdd (mirror drive doors) - single powerpc 7455 (g4) @1.25ghz, 1.5gb pc2700 ram, ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card with 64 MB of DDR SDRAM, Generic pci usb 2.0 card, dual ide superdrives (dvd writer) , ibm deskstar 60gb ide hdd running macos 9.22,
80gb ide hdd running macos 10.4.11 tiger, 160gb ide hdd running macos 10.5.8 leopard

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#2 2018-01-08 00:56:23

thebasicgeek
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Re: Restoring a semi-legendary IBM prototype, the IBM Personal System/3

Unfortunately it turns out that this system is beyond repair with the planar board being significantly damaged due to capacitors leaking destroying traces. Any good parts will be salvaged and the rest will be recycled. It’s sad to see this system go away but it’s not even in good enough condition that I could donate it to a computing history museum. It turns out the previous owner of this tower left it in a shed where stuff fell on it and got spilled on it ruining the psu and case.

The optical drive and hard dirive still work so there being kept but the rest is just going to be recycled.

I wish it could have been saved but this machine was meant to be destroyed 18 Year’s ago after the personal system/3 project was cancelled and the last will be destroyed as ibm wanted.

#correction# I when I got this system I also got a ps/2 model 25 which I also stripped to parts to restore while half asleep I confused the PS/2 planar board for the PS/3 planar and posted this so  in a similar way to don’t drink and drive
Don’t fix computers while half asleep

Last edited by thebasicgeek (2018-01-08 08:10:58)


Personal Power PC mac - Powermac g4 mdd (mirror drive doors) - single powerpc 7455 (g4) @1.25ghz, 1.5gb pc2700 ram, ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card with 64 MB of DDR SDRAM, Generic pci usb 2.0 card, dual ide superdrives (dvd writer) , ibm deskstar 60gb ide hdd running macos 9.22,
80gb ide hdd running macos 10.4.11 tiger, 160gb ide hdd running macos 10.5.8 leopard

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#3 2018-01-08 07:29:39

LCGuy
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Re: Restoring a semi-legendary IBM prototype, the IBM Personal System/3

What a shame. Maybe stick it on eBay? Even as a non-functioning collectable you may still get a few dollars for it, especially given its rarity. It would be a shame to scrap a one of a kind system, even if it is non-functional and non-repairable.

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#4 2018-01-08 08:20:55

thebasicgeek
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Re: Restoring a semi-legendary IBM prototype, the IBM Personal System/3

In reference to my earlier corrected post bot systems have issues and the PS/3 needs some work and as unlike the PS/2 I got is actually turning on with some careful persuasion but will need a lot of work as conectors need cleaning  and today I going to some old pc parts suppliers to see if I can get parts in line with what the planned system specs were


Personal Power PC mac - Powermac g4 mdd (mirror drive doors) - single powerpc 7455 (g4) @1.25ghz, 1.5gb pc2700 ram, ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card with 64 MB of DDR SDRAM, Generic pci usb 2.0 card, dual ide superdrives (dvd writer) , ibm deskstar 60gb ide hdd running macos 9.22,
80gb ide hdd running macos 10.4.11 tiger, 160gb ide hdd running macos 10.5.8 leopard

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#5 2018-01-08 16:30:18

thebasicgeek
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Re: Restoring a semi-legendary IBM prototype, the IBM Personal System/3

We’ve got both good news and bad news.

The ram was bad as were the ide and floppy cables but the planar posts after installing a new dimm of ram

The case is beyond any practical repair with most of it being severely rusted but I managed to source a very similar chassis from a local pc repair place along with new cables and somehow a replacement floppy drive that is identical to the one ibm put in this system it just has a normal bezel.

Some photos will be in my next post


Personal Power PC mac - Powermac g4 mdd (mirror drive doors) - single powerpc 7455 (g4) @1.25ghz, 1.5gb pc2700 ram, ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card with 64 MB of DDR SDRAM, Generic pci usb 2.0 card, dual ide superdrives (dvd writer) , ibm deskstar 60gb ide hdd running macos 9.22,
80gb ide hdd running macos 10.4.11 tiger, 160gb ide hdd running macos 10.5.8 leopard

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#6 2018-01-21 05:31:03

markyb
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Re: Restoring a semi-legendary IBM prototype, the IBM Personal System/3

any updates?


http://markyb86.weebly.com for some packs of old macintosh wallpapers, desktop patterns, windows wallpapers, sound files, etc.

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