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IBM 5160  -  Basics, for 5160 beginners


This is a slow computer.  BE PATIENT.  After turn-on, it can be minutes before an error message is displayed.
   
An AT-class keyboard will not work.  You need an XT-class one.     (Or AT one together with a protocol changing adapter.)
   
The IBM supplied floppy controller and 5.25" floppy drive are single density.  They will not read high density 5.25" floppies, such as 1.2M (2SHD) ones.
   
There is no 'CMOS SETUP'.  All motherboard configuration is done via switches/jumpers.
   
There is no real-time clock (RTC) on the motherboard or on IBM-supplied expansion cards.
   
After turning off the 5160's power supply, wait at least 1 second if you are planning to turn it back on.  Any shorter; the 5160 may not start.
   
Expansion slot 8 is different to the other slots.  Most cards do not work in slot 8.  More information at here.
   
The 5160 motherboard does not have a keyboard controller chip.  Instead, it uses discrete components - see here.
   
The power-on self test (POST) of an IBM 5160 motherboard outputs only a few POST codes and does so to port 60h.  I have yet to see a POST card that monitors port 60h.