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First PC Made – IBM PC 5150 – Playing a Video


In 1981, the IBM PC 5150 was created. It was the first IBM “Personal Computer” (PC) ever created. This isn’t to say that PC’s didn’t exist before this, but in IBM-terms this really is the first PC. People think that the 5150 is far too slow to do anything now adays, but that simply is not true. It has the capability to run videos in color with sound! It may not look the best, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still cool. You may not be able to watch Lord of the Rings on it, but that doesn’t mean it won’t give you some pixel love! Check out this video by Trickster as he shows his hacked IBM PC 5150 playing video–


  1. Comments  Naota   |  Thursday, 10 September 2009 at 7:45 PM

    Loller cakes. I just had finished a network info session with IBM today.

  2. Comments  jin   |  Saturday, 04 September 2010 at 12:37 AM

    HOW is this possible? and why didn’t they do this in the 80s?

  3. Comments  TrashyMG   |  Saturday, 04 September 2010 at 9:54 AM

    I saw this a while ago. There was a supporting video explaining how they did all this.. Most likely because digital video wasn’t even matured back then. How I they did it involved understanding of video compression that just didn’t exist back then.

    Video is in the internet archive.

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