This is not sure-fire, but I've found that if the big label on the back does
NOT have the notice "contains copyrighted code..." that it's most likely an
From: Doug Spence [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, June 26, 1998 2:01 AM
To: Discussion re-collecting of classic computers
Subject: Way to identify original IBM-PC?
I was wondering if there's a surefire way of telling if an IBM-PC has its
original motherboard, without opening the case. I saw one at the
Salvation Army today and was considering dragging it home (though I
decided to take another machine instead).
The machine did have a cassette port in the back, with a femal DIN
connector. Is this attached to the motherboard?
The machine also had a full complement of cards in its slots, with lots of
ports coming out of it. And a 3.5" drive that was poorly fitted into the
I'm wondering if I should make a trip downtown sometime this weekend, with