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HP Vectra RS/25C pc.
General info
The HP Vectra RS/25C is part of the Vectra RS series (first HP tower pc) and is more specifically the top of the line model, introduced in 1988. This machine was designed as a powerful and reliable workstation and server, to meet the demands of engineers, researchers, accountants and multi user groups. Equipped with cache memory, a for the time fast CPU and ESDI (Enhanced Small Device Interface) hard drive controller, this computer ensured high productivity.
About this specific offer
This pc is not something I have bought for the trade, it comes from my small private collection. I have had the pleasure to own, restore, upgrade and play with it (not a lot) for a couple of months and now it's time for something else.

I have taken care of this pc. This awesome 386 pc is clean and ready to be used (without having to install all sorts of drivers, which are already installed) with a flatscreen VGA monitor and regular PC AT keyboard. This is not an ordinary consumer oriented 386 pc, built up from cheap Taiwanese plastic components, which has collected dust and dirt for years in someones damp shed. Instead I have pretty much detailed this durable machine, which took several hours of work, so it's clean outside and inside. I have equipped it with a specially made lithium clock battery pack, so that all BIOS settings are saved for years to come. Furthermore I have formatted both hard drives (no bad sectors), installed an operating system, installed matching drivers and tested pretty much everything necessary. Whatever you may look for, a pc for retro gaming or for running an industrial application, I'm sure it can handle it for a long time to come, if you maintain it well like I did. If you're looking at this, it's very likely that this is the classic pc that you really want. It has everything going for it. The pc is also upgraded with various options you may appreciate, such as an ethernet adapter and a Creative Sound Blaster 16 card. Sure you can find a cheap DOS pc elsewhere, but you'll have a very hard time finding something like this, which is ready to be used, clean, in excellent condition and hence unique. To sum up; this pc is ready for service again.

The history of this computer is not completely known to me, but I do know that I have bought it from a French professional eBay seller in early 2016, who also sells a lot of HP test equipment. When I got it, bought as not fully tested, the first hard drive had some personal details from a French private person on it, so I have removed all that. 

This HP Vectra RS/25C is a model D2020A and used to have configuration D2063A, which means that the factory RAM was 1 MB and factory hard disk was a 150 MB ESDI. During its economical life it was upgraded to 10 MB RAM and 2x 310 MB type 46 ESDI hard disk (largest hard disk available from HP for this computer). The pc was manufactured in October 1990, France. I have replaced the original graphics card (from Headland) with a more usable Diamond SpeedStar Pro 1 MB, added a genuine Creative Sound Blaster 16 audio card and 3Com ethernet adapter. Costs nor effort were saved to upgrade it to a more usable pc, compatible with most DOS games and applications. The pc has some extra slots free for additional ISA and HP proprietary cards. On the service panel you can find a schematic with the jumper and DIP switch settings, which you might need if you want to change something of the configuration. It also has a switchable power supply, so it can operate in various regions, including Europe and the United States. Last but not least, the computer stands on a large foot which gives it extra stability.

A copy of the original setup and utilities disk, on a brand new Verbatim teflon protected disk (this disk lasts extremely long), is also included. Pre-installed are MS-DOS 6.22 (Dutch), Windows For Workgroups 3.11 (Dutch), drivers for graphics card, audio card, NIC, mouse and a TCP/IP stack from Microsoft.

The Creative Sound Blaster 16 CT2290 includes a comprehensive set of original documentation in English.

- 115V / 230V AC power supply
- Intel 386DX 25 MHz PGA132 CPU
- 132-Pin grid array
- 68-Pin grid array socket for Intel 387 FPU
- 10 MB RAM (8x 1 MB & 8x 256 KB 30-pin SIMM parity RAM module)
- 16x 30-pin SIMM parity RAM module socket (max. 16 MB)
- Diamond SpeedStar Pro Cirrus Logic CL-GD5426-80QC-B 1 MB XGA 16-bit ISA card
- HP type 46 310 MB ESDI HDD
- Unknown type 46 310 MB ESDI HDD
- HP D1667-60001 Epson SMD-349 3.5'' 1.44 MB DS/HD FDD
- HP 45812A Panasonic JU-475-4E53 5.25'' 1.2 MB DS/HD FDD
- Creative Sound Blaster 16 CT2290 audio / CD-ROM IDE controller 16-bit ISA card
w/ wave blaster connector and IDE interface
 - 3Com Etherlink III 3C509B-TPO ethernet 16-bit ISA card
- 5x 16-bit ISA slot
- 2x 8-bit ISA slot
- 2x free HP proprietary slot
- Integrated beeper
- VGA HD-15 socket
- Parallel DB-25 female socket
- Serial DE-9 connector
- 5-Pin DIN keyboard socket
- HP-HIL connector
- DA-15 joystick socket
- 3.5 mm line in port
- 3.5 mm line out port
- 3.5 mm speaker out port
- 3.5 mm mic port
- 8P8C (RJ45) ethernet port
- Pre-installed MS-DOS 6.22
- Pre-installed Microsoft Windows For Workgroups 3.11
- Pre-installed matching drivers for video, audio, network and mouse

Included is:
- HP Vectra RS/25C pc
- Copy of the original setup and utilities 3.5'' disk
- Creative Sound Blaster 16 CT2290 documentation

Please note that the trolley nor the monitor are included.


This computer was last tested at 22 February 2017.
During the test;
- Computer could be powered on several times.
- Computer stayed powered on for at least 5 hours.

- Computer did not make any unusual noises, all fans worked fine.

Computer displayed a stable, contrastful, bright, sharp and straight picture without distortions.

- POST displayed 10 MB RAM.

- Beeper worked.

- Loaded BIOS setup to verify correct settings.

- Clock battery saved all settings fine.

- Formatted both hard drives and installed all software and drivers without any issues.

- Ran a test program from Creative to check for IRQ and DMA conflicts which proved all cards are correctly installed.

- Insert and eject mechanisms of both disk drives worked fine.

- Both disk drives read random disks fine.

- Computer booted to MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows fine.

- Both hard drives read and wrote fine.

- Keyboard port worked fine.

- Serial port worked fine.

- No battery leakage could be found.

- No rust could be found.

- Case could be opened and closed like it should.

- No defects and/or faults were identified.
- No further tests were performed.
Please carefully view the pictures for an impression.

Price details:
Price per piece: € 1720,00
Quantity: Order

Shipping costs

€ 73,00 



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