The Compaq Deskpro 286 (Model 2550 and 2551) is a PC compatible desktop based on the intel 80286 processor. It was the sequel to the Compaq Deskpro 8086 that came out the previous year.

  • Compaq Deskpro 2551
  • CPU; i80286@12 Mhz
  • Ram; 640 KB 2 MB
  • 360KB 5.25-inch disk drive
  • 20/40/70 MB Hard drive
  • 10MB or 40MB Tape drive option
  • CGA or EGA graphics card
  • Green / Amber DSM Monitor

Just like the Deskpro 8086, the Compaq Deskpro 286 looks very much like a standard AT Desktop, but under the hood it's a proprietary machine. The 286 saw the removal of the front case LED light for Turbo status replacing it with a large, black, keylock on the front of the case. Also the case badging, at some point, changed from gold to Silver. Just like the 8086, it still used proprietary aluminum drive rails, a special single-ribbon power supply, 4x power ports on the motherboard for drive power using special cables, and had the Compaq DSM Monochrome Display power plug in the back of the machine.

The Back of the Compaq Deskpro 286