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Zenith Z/100 Series PC Clone (Model ZF-152-42)

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Published on Feb 2, 2011

This Zenith Data Systems IBM PC clone was released to the market around 1984. As my dad bought one new, this is a special addition to my antique computer collection. His eventually disappeared, and someone left one of these on my porch, but it also disappeared. Back in 1984, this assembled-by-Zenith computer with two 360KB 5.25" floppy drives would have cost you around $2500.

Someone replaced the stock 8088 CPU with an NEC V20. This was a common upgrade, as the V20 was somewhat faster. It also had a few additional instructions (these go unused in a typical PC application) than the Intel 8088. Also present is an Intel 8087 math-coprocessor.

I finally took matters into my own hands and bought this one on eBay. I'll be sure to keep it away from hazards. It arrived fully functional after a quick examination to be sure that the shipping process hadn't scrambled any of its internals. A number of case screws, slot blanks and a "bar" that fit over installed expansion cards are missing. I can fix nearly all of those problems.

If you buy an antique computer and have it shipped, let it acclimate to room temperature before you use it. Also, check to be sure that the internals are intact and that no one has done anything stupid before you ever connect power.

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