Olivetti M290

Machine type XP 1338
Serial 7166867
Manufacturer Olivetti, made in Italy
Date July 1988

Physical description

Type Desktop (rev. of control panel board 05/88)
Dimensions (HxWxD) 144 x 355 x 388 mm
Drive bays 2 x 5.25" half-height, both accessible
Power supply 200-220VAC, 1A (05/88)

Main board

Manufacturer Olivetti
Bus ISA 16-bit
Expansion slots 5 x 16-bit ISA, 2 x 8-bit ISA (tot. 4 or 5 available)


Processor UPGRADE (*)
BIOS Olivetti version 1.02, Apr. 1, 1988 (50 Kb)
Processor Intel 80286-12 MHz (16-bit), CLCC
Coprocessor Socket for optional 287
Memory 2 sockets for 100ns 30-pin SIMMs (to be installed in pairs), 1 wait states
Max memory 2 Mb (2 x 1 Mb SIMMs) on board
Ports PS/2 keyboard, PS/2 mouse, parallel
Installed RAM 1 Mb 100ns (2 x 512 Mb SIMMs)
Controller WD1006V-WA2 (ISA 16-bit), supporting two FDD and two type ST-506 HDD (8828)
Video WD Paradise P-EGA 2A (ISA 8-bit) (Olivetti sticker 7/88)
Serial Olivetti COM Card (ISA 8-bit, chip 16450N) (sticker 5/88)


Diskette drive 1.2 Mb, 5.25" half-size (Panasonic JU-476)
2nd Diskette drive 1.44 Mb, 3.5" slim-size (Sony MFD-17W-85, 9008) ADDITION
Hard disk NEC D3126 (20 Mb), 3.5" half-height (DATE 1988.05.06)


Acquisition May '02, paid a few $ (together w. a CD 14A/4001 monitor)
Condition Quite good, but not working (some cables and all SIMMs missing)
Installed O.S. IBM PC-DOS 6.30, MS Windows 3.11 (Italian)
Repairs/modifications Replaced battery, added memory SIMMs
Current status All hw working
Current O.S. Olivetti MS-DOS 3.30 (Italian)
Spare parts Floppy drives, processor card, power supply, accessories


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