Links To Other IBM, Vintage Computing or IBM PS/2 Web Sites
If you maintain a resource relating to the IBM PS/2, IBM computers in general, or ANY MCA-bus equipped computer, please drop me a line if you'd like to be listed here!
A lot of the links below have either been removed or point to archives. As the World Wide Web is in a constant state of change, care should be exercised before following any of the links below that still point to their original hosts. In the event of a site's having dropped offline, the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine at http://web.archive.org/ may be of some help.
The comp.sys.ibm.ps2.hardware newsgroup still has some activity today. It can be viewed by way of Google Groups if you have no other way to get there.
Runstream Software's MCABase provides
many useful tools for MCA-based computers. Amongst other
things, a database of MCA cards is provided here, along with vastly
improved drivers for IBM MCA SCSI and XGA-1/XGA-2 video adapters
running under Windows 95 and newer. You can also find some improved
drivers for Windows NT 4.0 if that's what you use on your PS/2.
Windows NT Driver for the IBM Ultimedia 7-6 Audio Card - Ryan Alswede rewrote and adapted a Microsoft driver to enable the IBM Ultimedia 7-6 adapter for use with Windows NT 4.0 on x86 MCA. Finally -- an inexpensive and relatively easily found audio adapter for MCA computers! The original page is long gone.
Peter Wendt's Microchannel Enthusiasts Pages (And ADF collection!) As Louis Ohland puts it, "The Grand Daddy of them all." Contains useful software, pictures of adapters, adapter definition files for lots of well known and forgotten hardware alike, troubleshooting hints, and much more.
Louis Ohland's Pages One of the originals, and one of the first pages I discovered upon getting into the IBM PS/2 and Micro Channel as a hobby. Contains technical discussion, outline drawings of various circuit boards including expansion cards and even some software that isn't available anywhere else.
Dennis Smith's PS/2 Page Basically dead, since all the links to the PCCBBS have rotted away and its author has, so far as I know, moved on from Microchannel. This was the first page I ever came across with PS/2 related content.
Fred Spencer's 8580 PS/2 Page - Go here for a wealth of info on the greatness that is the PS/2 Model 80. Upgrades, problem solving and all sorts of other great information await.
Spooky's PS/2 Page - General information about and pictures of certain models. This was one of the few places to find the Model N33 reference diskette image. Now offline, link points to an archive.
Linux on MCA - The original site has been dead for a long time, and all of this information is way out of date. Micro Channel support has been removed from the Linux kernel for a long time now. Link points to an archive.
The PS/2 FAQ - Answers nearly any question you could have about an IBM PS/2. Information pertaining to vendors is all very much out of date, many of them are completely out of business or no longer offer PS/2 related products. At this point few options for acquiring PS/2s still exist, as the supply of systems and parts has dwindled, especially in this age of the "recycle absolutely EVERYTHING" mantra. eBay, thrift stores, computer recyclers and junk yards that actually let you buy or have things, lucky finds on sites such as Craigslist, discussion forums pertaining to vintage computers, and maybe a few of the members of the CSIPH newsgroup are basically it now.
ComputerCraft PS/2 Pages - Dated, but still online. Lots of bad links, especially for anything pertaining to PS/2 support software.
Resurrecting 50z - No longer online at its original host. In fact, its author seems to have basically dropped right off the face of the Earth. It's still a well written article on the restoration of a PS/2 50z computer and enjoyable to read. By Mark Baker. No longer online, link points to an archive.
The L40 in Canada -- No longer online, and I don't have the original link any longer.
David L. Beem's IBM Museum never recovered from vandalism (as of 06/05/2015) and remains "under construction" to this day.
IACT - Best forgotten for a variety of reasons. The site was erratically available even at the best of times. I'm not sure I ever saw it online. Trust me, you're not missing much.
IBM PS/2 Model 60 -- Lost the original link for this one. I might find it again in future.
IBM PS/2 Model 30
-- From the same author as the Model 60 page immediately above. Lost
the original lnk for this one...maybe I'll find it in future.
Tavi PS/2 Pages - From Bob Eager. You'll find a discussion of PS/2 batteries here. Also includes useful software written by its author.
PS/2 Supersite & PCCBBS Mirror - Both sites are long since gone, and even though an archive could be linked, it might not have the files and everything here is accessible elsewhere. Now available here, here (professionally hosted) and here (the last link gives you the full PCCBBS).
IBM PS/2 P70 - Forrest "Scott" Brinkley brings us an interesting page on the IBM PS/2 P70 "luggable" computer system. If you have one of these and need some ideas on how to boost it up, look no further! No longer online, link points to an archive.
Greyghost MCA Pages - Another set of pages from me that document some adapters and provide supporting software or hints you may need in order to use them. Something of a companion to the Ardent Tools, though I cannot say that I've seen anywhere near as much of Micro Channel as Louis Ohland has!
Kevin Bowling of CSIPH has registered and started to put some things out on the CSIPH.com domain, which aims to be the home for all things PS/2. Look for more interesting developments to appear here soon!
"Vintage IBM 5150" closed down, and seemingly wasn't archived prior to its closing.
Micro Channel or PS/2 Computers Online as Public Servers (WWW or otherwise)
I really don't think there are any left, but maybe
you'd like to prove me wrong by hitting the "drop me a line" link above
to tell me about any Micro Channel or PS/2 hardware (including MCA bus
clones!) that are live on the web today. A paucity of currently
supported, secure operating systems that still run on Micro Channel
hardware make the likelihood of any being run in a public-facing server
capacity seem very unlikely.
For a number of years, my personal website was hosted
on an IBM PC Server 500 and later on a PS/2 Model 65 SX. Hardware
failures brought the PC Server down, and it's never been fully restored
to service. (An attempt was made, but it ran into complications and I
haven't revisited it since.) The Model 65 met its end in a disastrous
basement flood that destroyed a great many of my PS/2s and other
vintage computing items.
Revision 06/05/2015, previous 11/27/2008