Compaq Deskpro

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A Compaq Deskpro 6333 from the late 1990s.

The Compaq Deskpro was a line of business-oriented personal computers manufactured by Compaq, then discontinued after the merger with Hewlett-Packard.[1] Models were produced containing microprocessors from the 8086 up to the x86-based Intel Pentium 4.[2]

The Compaq DeskPro 386S currently on display at the Living Computer Museum in Seattle, Washington. Microsoft PowerPoint is running on the computer.

The original Compaq Deskpro (released in 1984), available in several disk configurations, was an XT-class PC equipped with an 8 MHz 8086 CPU and Compaq's unique display hardware that combined Color Graphics Adapter graphics with high resolution Monochrome Display Adapter text. As a result, it was both considerably faster than the IBM PC and had a much better quality text display compared to an IBM PC equipped with graphics.[3]

In 1985, Compaq released the Deskpro 286, which looks quite similar to the IBM PC/AT. Then in 1987, the Deskpro 386 was launched[4] after Intel released its 80386 microprocessor, beating IBM by 7 months on their comparable 386 computer, and thus making a name for themselves.[5]

The DeskPro 386/25 was released August 28, 1989 and cost $7,999.[6]

The form factor for the Compaq Deskpro is mostly the desktop model which lies upon a desk, with a monitor placed on top of it. Compaq has produced many tower upright models that have been highly successful in sales, and are usually convertible to a desktop form factor. An SFF (small form factor) desktop version was also produced during the Deskpro's lifetime.

The many different models include the 2000, 4000, 6000, EX, DX, EXD, EN, SB, ENL, ES, XE and XL series.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Compaq Deskpro Model 1 - Computing History". www.computinghistory.org.uk. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Information from http://web.archive.org/web/20010604204030/www.compaq.com/products/desktops/index.shtml
  3. ^ "Compaq Deskpro Model 1 - Computing History". www.computinghistory.org.uk. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  4. ^ ed, Raúl Rojas (2001). Encyclopedia of computers and computer history. Chicago [u.a.]: Fitzroy Dearborn. p. 172. ISBN 1-57958-235-4. 
  5. ^ "Exhibits - Living Computer Museum". www.livingcomputermuseum.org. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Compaq Deskpro 386/25 Type 38 - Computing History". www.computinghistory.org.uk. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Compaq Computer Corporation. Reference Guide: Compaq Deskpro 2000 Series of Personal Computers. 3rd edition, January 1998. Part Number 278019-003.
  • Compaq Computer Corporation. Reference Guide: Compaq Deskpro 4000 Series of Personal Computers/Compaq Deskpro 6000 Series of Personal Computers. 2nd edition, September 1997. Part Number 270844-002.

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