2021 Changelog

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 F. Ohland, Peter H. Wendt, David L. Beem, William R. Walsh, Tatsuo Sunagawa, Tomáš Slavotínek, Jim Shorney, Tim N. Clarke, Kevin Bowling, and many others.

Ardent Tool of Capitalism is maintained by Tomáš Slavotínek.
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