In this video I’m going to start restoring my old ICL 486 DX2 computer from 1994.
This is a project I had in mind for a long time but I had never found the time for it.
Looks like I finally found the time and the reason to do it.
I hope you enjoy this first half, where I’m going to give it a clean, take a look inside and boot it up for the first time in, at least, 20 years!
Don’t miss it!
About ICL Computers
It was formed through a merger of International Computers and Tabulators (ICT), English Electric Leo Marconi (EELM) and Elliott Automation in 1968. The company’s most successful product line was the ICL 2900 Series range of mainframe computers.
In later years, ICL diversified its product line but the bulk of its profits always came from its mainframe customers. New ventures included marketing a range of powerful IBM clones made by Fujitsu, various minicomputer and personal computer ranges and (more successfully) a range of retail point-of-sale equipment and back-office software. Although it had significant sales overseas, ICL’s mainframe business was dominated by large contracts from the UK public sector, including Post Office Ltd, the Inland Revenue, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Ministry of Defence. It also had a strong market share with UK local authorities and (at that time) nationalized utilities including the water, electricity, and gas boards.
The company had an increasingly close relationship with Fujitsu from the early 1980s, culminating in Fujitsu becoming sole shareholder in 1998. ICL was rebranded as Fujitsu in April 2002.
Read more about ICL here.
Restoring my ICL 486 Computer video
ICL Mainframe Pictures:
ClickRick, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Martin Skøtt, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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