Changelog (2021)

For more recent changes go HERE.


18 Dec 2021 – 22 Dec 2021

   [1] External photos from VGA Legacy MKIII

12 Dec 2021 – 15 Dec 2021

   [1] Photos, disk images, and ROM dumps by David Beem
   [2] Outlines and parts ID by Tomáš Slavotínek
   [3] HTML-ized and edited by Tomáš Slavotínek
   [4] Additional photos from ebay seller "ctesales" (edited)
   [5] Content by William R. Walsh
   [6] Content created/collected by Louis Ohland, edited by Tomáš Slavotínek
   [7] Photos from bschepan.narod.ru (edited)
   [8] Additional parts ID by David Beem

16 Nov 2021 – 19 Nov 2021

  • Added navigation metadata to most pages that still lacked them
  • Significant structural changes, simplified URLs
  • Fixed many broken links
  • Kingston KTM-609/16 - additional parts ID [1]
  • 3270 Connection Adapters page
    • Added outlines for the long adapters and one short adapter [2]
    • Modified existing MCA outlines for better accuracy [2]
    • Added photos for most adapters (incl. one blown varistor) [3]
    • Added photos for adapter P/N 33G5395 [4] (thx Louis)
    • Additional parts ID and corrections [2]
    • Additional ADFs
    • RETAIN records (thx Louis)
    • Verified adapter IDs (thx David)
  • PC Servers - reworked index/sub-index pages
  • ADF Files - corrected ID of the newer long 3270 adapter (E7FF -> E1FF)

   [1] Additional parts ID by Tim Clarke
   [2] Outlines and parts ID by Tomáš Slavotínek and Louis Ohland
   [3] Photos by David Beem
   [4] Photos from ebay seller "recycledgoods.com"

31 Oct 2021 – 10 Nov 2021

   [1] Photos, disk images, and ROM dumps by David Beem
   [2] Photos from Tim Clarke
   [3] Outlines and parts ID by Tomáš Slavotínek
   [4] Scanned by David Beem, OCR'd by Tomáš Slavotínek
   [5] Files sourced from Bitsavers
   [6] Photos from ebay seller "ctesales" (edited)

26 Oct 2021 – 28 Oct 2021

21 Oct 2021 – 23 Oct 2021

   [1] Disk images/scans by "Kali" aka "SharktasticA" (web)
   [2] Photos from ebay seller "grg1" (edited)
   [3] External photos from VGA Legacy MKIII
   [4] Disk image by David Beem

18 Oct 2021

06 Oct 2021

  • 8573 P70
    • Added planar and video card photos [1]
    • Video card - additional parts ID [2]
    • Additional P/Ns and other labeling info
    • Other changes
  • PS/55 Model 5560
    • New outline & additional parts ID [2]
    • Added planar photos [1]
    • Added pinouts for the planar pin headers
    • Other changes
  • Added 5560 Power page [1]
  • Added a notice about leaking caps to the relevant pages
  • 5.25" Diskette Adapter - added photos [1]
  • Reset Button - added details about the PG hack (multiple alternatives) [4]
  • Check MCA & Slot Number - minor changes (synced with Dave's pages)
  • Planar IDs - added 7546 Industrial PC
  • Utilities - added SPCOPY [5]
  • Added Cumulus CuRAM page. Includes:
    • ADF List
    • Support files [6]
    • Photos of the CuRAM 2/4/8 adapter and the memory modules [6]
    • Outline for the CuRAM 2/4/8 adapter [2]
    • CuRAM 16 Plus and 32 Brochures [7]
  • ROM List, 8556 & 9556 - added ROM images [3]
  • Boca Research Async/Parallel Adapters
    • Tweaked outlines and parts lists
    • Added outline for the "new" Async/Parallel adapter [2]
    • Added BOCA.MCA Parallel installation guide [7]
    • Reorganized ADFs
    • Cleanup
  • 8580 Type 1 Planar - additional parts ID [8]
  • Significant structural changes (redirects added)
  • Other minor changes and additions

   [1] Photos and scans by Tomáš Slavotínek
   [2] Outlines and parts ID by Tomáš Slavotínek
   [3] ROM dumps by David Beem
   [4] Additional info from Frank de Jong
   [5] Programmed by Tim Clarke
   [6] Photos and files from Tim Clarke
   [7] Scanned by David Beem, OCR'd by Tomáš Slavotínek
   [8] Additional parts ID by David Beem

13 Sep 2021

05 Sep 2021

   [1] Outline and parts ID by Tomáš Slavotínek
   [2] Scans by Tomáš Slavotínek
   [3] Photo from vogons user Anonymous Coward
   [4] Photos and floppy images by David Beem

28 Aug 2021 – 31 Aug 2021

   [1] Outline and parts ID by Tomáš Slavotínek, additional parts ID by David Beem
   [2] Photos and ROM dumps by David Beem
   [3] Photos from ebay seller "pcheaven201"

16 Aug 2021 – 19 Aug 2021

   [1] Outline and parts ID by Tomáš Slavotínek, additional parts ID by David Beem
   [2] Photos by David Beem
   [3] Scans by Tomáš Slavotínek

02 Aug 2021 – 10 Aug 2021

   [1] Photos and additional parts ID by David Beem
   [2] Sourced from William Walsh's website HERE
   [3] Sourced from Wikimedia HERE and HERE
   [4] Disk imaged by David Beem
   [5] Disk imaged by Frank de Jong
   [6] Files sourced from William Walsh's PCCBBS archive
   [7] Photos from Tatsuo Sunagawa (Sandy)
   [8] Files sourced from Bitsavers
   [9] Scanned by Christian Holzapfel, cleaned up and OCR'd by Al Kossow

28 Jul 2021 – 31 Jul 2021

23 Jul 2021 – 24 Jul 2021

17 Jul 2021 – 19 Jul 2021

09 Jul 2021 – 16 Jul 2021

   [1] Photo from Wikimedia user "Raymangold22"
   [2] Sourced from William Walsh's website HERE
   [3] Article HTMLized by Louis Ohland, edited by Tomáš Slavotínek.
   [4] Photos from ebay seller "ctesales" (edited)
   [5] Translated from Japanese blog post by "akm" (original HERE)

27 Jun 2021 – 28 Jun 2021

22 Jun 2021

   [1] Photos from ebay seller "ctesales" (edited)
   [2] Article HTMLized by Louis Ohland, edited by Tomáš Slavotínek.

12 Jun 2021 – 16 Jun 2021

   [1] Photos posted by Vintage Computer Federation user "chulofiasco" (original HERE)

03 Jun 2021

  • ROM List & Bermuda - added Bermuda ROM image 39G3299 [1], minor tweaks
  • Other minor changes

   [1] ROM image dumped by David Beem

31 May 2021 – 01 Jun 2021

   [1] ROM/disk images dumped by David Beem
   [2] Photos/scans from David Beem
   [3] Disk images and photos by Alfredo Compiano
   [4] Photo borrowed from eedesignservices.com
   [5] Photo borrowed from recycledgoods.com (edited)
   [6] Photos borrowed from recycledgoods.com (edited)
   [7] Content by Louis Ohland, modified by Tomáš Slavotínek
   [8] Disk images from "Cathode Ray Dude"
   [9] Scans by Tatsuo "Sandy" Sunagawa, PDFs by Major Tom

10 Apr 2021 – 17 Apr 2021

  • Added 7552 Architecture
  • 7552 Index - added announcement letter files (thanks Louis!)
  • 7568 Common Devices - cleaned up, reorganized
  • 70/80 DLC2 Upgrade - cleaned up, added info about the BL utility files
  • ThinkPad 700 & 720 - added zipped refdisk/diags images, reorganized
  • 3151 ASCII Display Station - reworked, added new info & fixed CONSOLE.COM
  • Structural changes (redirects added to keep the existing links alive)
  • Corrected all links that were referencing the local storage or the old Ardent Tool URLs
  • Fixed many other broken links and recovered several missing files
  • Minor style and layout changes

06 Apr 2021

04 Apr 2021

01 Apr 2021 – 03 Apr 2021

28 Mar 2021 – 29 Mar 2021

  • Minor style and layout changes to improve readability and design consistency.
  • Fixed a few broken links

21 Mar 2021

08 Mar 2021 – 17 Mar 2021

  • Disk Collection - added Model 90 XP and 95 XP refdisks v1.02 (thanks Louis!)
  • Complex Sub-Model Matrix - corrected submodel IDs for the T1 Upg. 66 complex
  • Radius SVGA Multiview - added ROM image (thanks Lorenzo!)
  • Added a few more Patents
  • Removed some copyright/user agreement protected content (external links available)
  • Type 4 Complex - added schematic of the address mux circuit, other minor tweaks
  • Processor Complex Pinout - added multiplexed signals
  • 486SLC2 CPU Upgrade
    • Added outline and info about the SLC2 upgrade for Model 50Z
    • Added photos of the IBM [1] and Kingston [2] SLC2 upgrades for Model 50Z
    • Added Kingston manual for the various SLC2 upgrades
  • Other minor changes (incl. style tweaks)

   [1] Photos from Vintage Computing Wiki user "Netfreak" (link)
   [2] Photos provided by Alexander Paterakis

24 Feb 2021 – 05 Mar 2021

   [1] BIOS images provided by David Beem
   [2] Scanned by David Beem, OCR'd by Tomáš Slavotínek.
   [3] Photo from ebay seller "predator_666" (edited)
   [4] Scanned by Christian Holzapfel

21 Feb 2021

  • Implemented Contact/Feedback Form. Replaced all relevant "mailto" links.
  • Removed all other "mailto" links (except for the archived pages - PS/2 FAQs etc.).
  • Cleaned up and reorganized many RS/6000 pages, removed or merged duplicates.
  • PS/2 Documentation - OCR'd the 1991 "BIOS Interface Technical Reference" PDFs.

10 Feb 2021 – 16 Feb 2021

  • Refactored all "native" Ardent Tool pages (~1400!)
    • The header & footer sections are now generated based on the page metadata.
    • Website title and top-level navigation menu are now available from all pages.
    • All pages now share the same stylesheets and the same general structure.
    • Basic support for mobile devices and legacy browsers (WIP).
  • Cleaned up many more pages, fixed some broken links and missing files.
  • Adapter Picture Collection - reworked the JS code, removed the frame-based version
  • Model 90 Power - added Rev. "D" PSU info and photos (thanks Louis!) [1]
  • Added Comparing IBM's Micro Channel and Apple's NuBus [2]
  • DMQS Reader - added DMQSREAD sources [3], reworked the page
  • RS/6000 Documents - added PDF docs from bitsavers, cleaned up the page
  • Added MCA Transfer Procedures - Basic, Streaming & DMA Transfer [2]
  • Added MCA Interrupt Procedures [2]
  • Added local copy of 25 Years of the Model M [4]
  • Added hierarchical navigation menu and feedback link (all pages).
  • Moved PS/55 Overclocking to a separate page
  • 9585 K/N Planar - corrected the ref/diag disk links (thanks David!)
  • Disk Collection
    • Fixed 9553 diag. disk being labeled as a refdisk
    • Added 9553 refdisk image
    • Added 8533 refdisk images (12 and 16 MHz)
    • Added 9535/9540 starter disk image
    • Updated the page to use the DD Mmm YYYY date format
    • Fixed a few typos, other minor changes
  • Updated ref/diag disk section of all PS/2 pages. Added links to zipped images.
  • XGA Files - cleaned up, added SC update info (from the MC386 page)

   [1] Photos from ebay seller "batessurplus" (edited)
   [2] Article HTMLized by Louis Ohland, edited by Tomáš Slavotínek.
   [3] Sources written and provided by Peter Wendt.
   [4] Content by Chris McDonough. Recovered via archive.org

01 Feb 2021 – 06 Feb 2021

   [1] ROM dump by Lorenzo Mollicone

22 Jan 2021 – 29 Jan 2021

   [1] ROM dumps by David Beem
   [2] Photo from ebay seller "sold-sold-sold!" (edited)
   [3] Content created by William Walsh, modified by Tomáš Slavotínek
   [4] Content by Louis Ohland, modified by Tomáš Slavotínek
   [5] Scans by Tatsuo Sunagawa (Sandy)

06 Jan 2021 – 20 Jan 2021

   [1] Information extracted and patching done by Tomáš Slavotínek
   [2] Scanned by Derek Newland (original link)
   [3] Content by Louis Ohland, modified by Tomáš Slavotínek
   [4] Photos from ebay seller "elizabethole-0" (edited)
   [5] Photos from Tatsuo Sunagawa (Sandy)
   [6] Scans/photos/outlines/ROM dumps by Tomáš Slavotínek
   [7] Photo by Lorenzo Mollicone
   [8] Photos and ROM dumps by David Beem

Content created and/or collected by:
Louis Ohland, Peter Wendt, William Walsh, David Beem, Tatsuo Sunagawa, Jim Shorney, Tim Clarke, Kevin Bowling, Tomáš Slavotínek, and many others.

Ardent Tool of Capitalism - MAD Edition! is maintained by Tomáš Slavotínek.
Last update: 16 Jan 2022 - Changes & Credits | Legal Info & Contact