IBM PS/2 Reference, Diagnostic and Option Disks

This is a fairly complete archive of files for the IBM PS/2 series of personal computers. Following disk images are available for most systems and options:

  • Reference Disk (refdisk) - Required to configure MCA based systems.
  • Starter Disk - Required to configure ISA based systems.
  • Advanced Diagnostics (diag disk) - Can be used to test the system unit and peripherals. Typically accessed through the corresponding Reference Disk.
  • Option Disk - May be required when installing a new option. For MCA adapters it also contains the corresponding ADF files (Adapter Description Files).

Note: Disk images on this page are in RAW format. These images can be processed by many different utilities. If you don't have a utility to write disk image files, you can download several HERE.

Legal Notice: Feel free to mirror and/or use this content anywhere/however you like, as long as you don't charge for it. MORE THAN ANYTHING abide by the IBM License terms (license.txt) that is included with each archive. These files are still and will remain for all time PROPERTY OF IBM. They allow duplication and distribution for support purposes, but NOT FOR PROFIT.

Original Daniel Hamilton's file collection (2004.11.12) HERE.
Modified by Tomás Slavotínek. Last update: 2020.06.14


Systems

Model 25
Starter Disk v1.0 (01-20-87, 720K)
Advanced Diagnostics v1.0 (04-06-87, 720K)

Model 25-286
Starter Disk v1.0 (03-28-90, 1.44MB)
Advanced Diagnostics v1.0 (03-28-90, 1.44MB)

Model 25 SX
Advanced Diagnostics v1.2 (03-06-92, 1.44MB)
Advanced Diagnostics v1.3 (02-09-93, 1.44MB)

Model 30
Starter Disk v1.02 (01-20-87, 720K)
Advanced Diagnostics v1.05 (08-23-89, 720K)

Model 30-286
Starter Disk v1.02 (03-03-92, 1.44MB)
Advanced Diagnostics v1.0 (06-21-88, 1.44MB)

Model 33E (PS/2e)
Starter Disk v1.0 (06-29-93, 1.44MB)
The XGA patch has been applied to this diskette
Utilities Disk version 1.0 (07-21-93, 1.44MB)
PCMCIA Device Drivers (06-28-94, 1.44MB)

Model 35 SX
Starter Disk v1.03 (03-06-91, 1.44MB)
Advanced Diagnostics v1.2 (03-06-92, 1.44MB)
Advanced Diagnostics v1.3 (02-09-93, 1.44MB)

Model 40 SX
Starter Disk v1.03 (03-06-91, 1.44MB)
Advanced Diagnostics v1.02 (02-15-91, 1.44MB)
Advanced Diagnostics v1.2 (03-06-92, 1.44MB)
Advanced Diagnostics v1.3 (02-09-93, 1.44MB)

Model L40
Reference Disk v1.03 (04-21-94, 1.44MB)

Model N45
Advanced Diagnostics v1.0 (04-21-94, 1.44MB)
Flash BIOS Update v4.1E (12-16-92, 1.44MB)

Model 50, 50Z
Reference Disk v1.08 (03-22-91, 1.44MB)
Reference Disk (Reply) v1.01 (04-13-94, 1.44MB)
Use this reference disk if you have the Reply (Options by IBM) Planar Upgrade installed.
Options By IBM Planar Upgrade Flash BIOS Update v1.40 (11-08-95, 1.44MB)
Options By IBM Planar Upgrade Install/Utility Disk (01-12-94, 720K)

Model N51 SX, N51 SLC
Reference Disk v1.1 (03-16-92, 1.44MB)
Reference Disk v1.2 (04-21-94, 1.44MB)
Advanced Diagnostics v1.2 (04-21-94, 1.44MB)
Display Utility (07-08-92, 1.44MB)
This fixes a dimming problem with the N51 SX.

Model 53, 53 LX
Reference Disk v1.0 (09-15-93, 1.44MB)

Model 55, 55LS
Reference Disk v1.05 (08-10-90, 1.44MB)
Reference Disk (Reply) v1.01 (04-13-94, 1.44MB)
Use this reference disk if you have the Reply (Options by IBM) Planar Upgrade installed.
Options By IBM Planar Upgrade Flash BIOS Update v1.40 (11-08-95, 1.44MB)

Model 56, 56 SX, 56 LS
8556 Reference Disk v2.1 (02-14-94, 1.44MB)
8556 Advanced Diagnostics v2.04 (07-15-93, 1.44MB)
8556 Patch for 169 Errors (08-04-94, 1.44MB)
9556 Reference Disk v1.1 (08-27-93, 1.44MB)
9556 Advanced Diagnostics v2.04 (08-27-93, 1.44MB)

Model 57, 57SX
8557 Reference Disk v2.1 (02-14-94, 1.44MB)
8557 Advanced Diagnostics v2.04 (07-15-93, 1.44MB)
9557 Reference Disk v1.1 (08-27-93, 1.44MB)
9557 Advanced Diagnostics v2.04 (08-27-93, 1.44MB)

Model CL57
Reference Disk v1.0 (04-23-94, 1.44MB)

Model 60
Reference Disk v1.08 (03-22-91, 1.44MB)
Reference Disk (Reply) v1.06 (11-05-93, 1.44MB)
Use this reference disk if you have the Reply (Options by IBM) Planar Upgrade installed.
Reply (Options By IBM) Planar Upgrade Flash BIOS Update v1.38 (11-08-95, 1.44MB
Reply (Options By IBM) Planar Upgrade Install/Utility Disk (01-12-94, 720K)

Model 65
Reference Disk v1.05 (08-10-90, 1.44MB)
Reference Disk (Reply) v1.06 (11-05-93, 1.44MB)
Use this reference disk if you have the Reply (Options by IBM) Planar Upgrade installed.
Reply (Options By IBM) Planar Upgrade Flash BIOS Update v1.38 (11-08-95, 1.44MB

Model 70
Reference Disk v1.12 (03-22-90, 1.44MB)
Reference Disk (Reply) v1.06 (03-04-94, 1.44MB)
Use this reference disk if you have the Reply (Options by IBM) Planar Upgrade installed.
Reply (Options by IBM) Planar Upgrade Flash BIOS Update v1.18.02 (05-20-94, 1.44MB)
Blue-Lightning Processor Upgrade Utility Disk (08-13-93, 720K)
Enhanced Memory Adapter with ROM Update v1.03 (03-15-93, 1.44MB)
Allow Enhanced Memory Adapter with ROM to enable all memory contained on all installed Enhanced Memory Adapters.

Model 70-486
Reference Disk v1.06 (03-22-91, 1.44MB)

Model P70
Reference Disk v1.04 (12-31-99, 1.44MB)

Model P75
Reference Disk v1.0 (09-18-90, 1.44MB)

Model 76, 77, M77
Reference Disk v1.1 (10-28-92, 1.44MB)
Advanced Diagnostics v1.1 (10-28-92, 1.44MB)

Model 76I, 76S, 77I, 77S
Reference Disk v3.1 (08-11-95, 1.44MB)
Diagnostics Disk v3.11 (09-13-95, 1.44MB)
BIOS Revision Level 7 (Build 59A) (07-06-95, 1.44MB)
BIOS Revision Level 8 (Build 60A) (08-11-95, 1.44MB)
BIOS Revision Level 9 (Build 61A) (03-30-98, 1.44MB)
Future Domain SCSI-2 Option Disk v1.0 (03-28-94, 1.44MB)
Windows S3 Drivers for Novell Networks (09-09-94, 1.44MB)
DOS/Windows 3.11 S3 Graphics Disk v1.2 (08-26-94, 1.44MB)
OS/2 2.0 Video Driver Disk 1 (01-20-94, 1.44MB)
OS/2 2.0 Video Driver Disk 2 (01-20-94, 1.44MB)

Model 80
Reference Disk v1.12 (03-22-90, 1.44MB)
Reference Disk (Reply) v1.06 (11-05-93, 1.44MB)
Use this reference disk if you have the Reply (Options by IBM) Planar Upgrade installed.
Reply (Options By IBM) Planar Upgrade Flash BIOS Update v1.38 (11-08-95, 1.44MB)
Blue-Lightning Processor Upgrade Utility Disk (08-13-93, 720K)
160MB SCSI Fixed Disk Mode-Select Restoration Diskette (03-06-91, 720K)
Fixes data transfer failures that can occur with 160MB SCSI disks in models 8580-161, 8590-0J9, and 8595-0J9.
Enhanced Memory Adapter with ROM Update v1.03 (03-15-93, 1.44MB)
Allow Enhanced Memory Adapter with ROM to enable all memory contained on all installed Enhanced Memory Adapters.

Server 85 486SX (9585-xXx)
Reference Disk v1.11 (01-26-93, 1.44MB)
Diagnostic Disk v1.11 (02-02-93, 1.44MB)
Flash BIOS Update Diskette for 486SX Models v1.11 (04-30-93, 1.44MB)
WARNING: This BIOS Update is only for the 486SX Server 85s. These machines have the model number 9585-xXx. This update will permanently render a 9585-xKx or 9585-xNx system unrecoverable.
SVGA Device Driver Diskette v1.10 (03-10-93, 1.44MB)

Server 85 486DX (9585-xKx/xNx)
Reference Disk v1.32 (11-16-93, 1.44MB)
Diagnostic Disk v1.30 (10-10-93, 1.44MB)
IBM SCSI-2 Fast/Wide Adapter/A "Corvette" Firmware Upgrade v7.1 (01-19-96, 1.44MB)
SVGA Device Driver Diskette v1.10 (03-10-93, 1.44MB)

Model 90 XP, 90 XP Server
Reference Disk (Type 0 Processor Complex) v1.0 (09-25-90, 1.44MB)
This disk is for model/type 8590-402 (a special bid machine) that had a complex with a 386DX-20 CPU
Reference Disk (Type 1 Processor Complex) v1.31 (11-02-92, 1.44MB)
Reference Disk (Type 2 Processor Complex) v1.21 (11-03-92, 1.44MB)
Reference Disk (Type 3 Processor Complex) v1.11 (11-03-92, 1.44MB)
Diagnostic Disk v2.33 (08-25-95, 1.44MB)

Server 95 XP 486, 95, 95A
Reference Disk (Type 2 Processor Complex) v1.21 (11-03-92, 1.44MB)
Reference Disk (Type 3 Processor Complex) v1.11 (11-03-92, 1.44MB)
Reference Disk (Type 4 Processor Complex) v1.34 (11-13-95, 1.44MB)
Diagnostic Disk v2.33 (08-25-95, 1.44MB)
Flash BIOS Update Diskette for Type 4 Processor Complex (revision 02) (02-23-94, 1.44MB)
Flash BIOS Update Diskette for Type 4 Processor Complex (revision 05) (03-22-95, 1.44MB)
Flash BIOS Update Diskette for Type 4 Processor Complex (revision 08) v1.26 (01-16-96, 1.44MB)
Flash BIOS Update Diskette for Type 4 Processor Complex (revision 10) v1.28 (04-30-99, 1.44MB)
IBM SCSI-2 Fast/Wide Adapter/A "Corvette" Firmware Upgrade v7.1 (01-19-96, 1.44MB)
SVGA Device Driver Diskette v1.10 (03-10-93, 1.44MB)


Adapters

Display Adapter Files
XGA/XGA2 Power Management Drivers for OS/2 (08-30-94, 1.44MB)
XGA/XGA2 Windows 3.0 Drivers (05-07-93, 1.44MB)
XGA/XGA2 DOS/Windows 3.1x Drivers v2.10 (07-21-93, 1.44MB)
XGA/XGA2 DOS/Windows 3.1x Drivers v2.11 (11-12-93, 1.44MB)
XGA/XGA2 DOS/Windows 3.1x Drivers v2.12 (08-15-94, 1.44MB)
XGA/XGA2 Display Adapter Option Disk v2.2 (06-11-93, 1.44MB)
XGA/XGA2 Utilities (P70.exe& P75.EXE) (08-08-94, 1.44MB)
Matrox Magnum Graphics Controller MG-104, MG-108 Option/Utility Disk v2.0 (11-23-90, 1.44MB)
This disk contains the ADF files as well as utilities for DOS.
SVGA Device Driver Diskette v1.10 (03-10-93, 1.44MB)

Multimedia Adapter Files
Actionmedia II/A IBM Option Disk (03-01-90, 1.44MB)
Actionmedia II Hardware Installation Guide (1.62MB)
Actionmedia II Driver for Indeo Video (06-09-93, 1.44MBx2)
Actionmedia II OS/2 1.3/2.0 Drivers v2.12.22 (10-27-94, 1.44MBx2)
Actionmedia II Setup and Configuration v2.1 (11-21-94)
ActionMedia II Driver for Indeo Video Installation Guide (80KB)
Actionmedia II Windows 3.1 Drivers v2.12.22 (10-27-94, 1.44MBx2)
Convert AVS files to AVI (Windows program) (03-06-93, 49KB)
MWAVE Windows 3.1x Driver (12-20-95, 1.44MBx6)
MWAVE OS/2 Driver (07-24-95, 1.44MBx2)
MWAVE DOS Driver (07-24-95, 1.44MB)
Original 2 diskettes where merged into one.
MWAVE for OS/2 v2.11 (05-05-95, 1.44MB)
MWAVE for Warp Disk (05-03-95, 1.44MB)

Network Adapter Files
3Com 3c529 Etherlink III Network Card Option/Driver Disk v4.3 (12-18-91, 720K)
This disk contains the ADF files as well as drivers for DOS, Windows 3.x, Windows 95, and Novell Netware.
IBM Local Area Network Adapter/A for Ethernet Option Disk (02-25-93, 720K)
Token-Ring 16/4/A Busmaster Option Disk v1.02 (09-09-92, 720K)
Interface Code for 8514/A v1.02 (02-22-89, 720K)
IR Lan v2.10 Replacement Disk (08-26-94, 1.44MB)
4/A Update Diagnostics Option Disk (10-21-92, 720K)
3514 Startable Option Disk v1.15 (03-12-93, 1.44MB)

I/O Bus Adapter / Device Files
IBM SCSI-2 Fast/Wide Adapter/A "Corvette" Support Diskette v2.0 (01-25-96, 1.44MB)
If your model 76/77/90XP/95XP system's SCSI configuration utility does not have options for the internal/external bus mode this update will add them. This disk also contains OS/2 and NetWare 3.12/4.x drivers.
IBM SCSI-2 Fast/Wide Adapter/A "Corvette" Firmware Upgrade v7.1 (01-19-96, 1.44MB)
IBM SCSI-2 Fast/Wide Micro Channel RAID Adapter "Cheetah" Firmware Upgrade v2.21 (05-30-96, 1.44MB)
This flash is to be used only with ibm streaming RAID controllers that have the FRU number of 06H3059. It is not for use on other IBM RAID controllers.
IBM RAID Adapter "Passplay" Firmware Update v1.61 (07-21-93, 1.44MB)
If you SCSI adapter has an external port, DO NOT use this update. It is not a passplay adapter.
IBM RAID Adapter "Passplay" Firmware Update v1.62 (06-03-94, 1.44MB)
If you SCSI adapter has an external port, DO NOT use this update. It is not a passplay adapter.
IBM RAID Adapter "Passplay" Firmware Update v1.63 (05-01-95, 1.44MB)
If you SCSI adapter has an external port, DO NOT use this update. It is not a passplay adapter.
IBM RAID Adapter "Passplay" Firmware Update v1.99 (12-04-96, 1.44MB)
If you SCSI adapter has an external port, DO NOT use this update. It is not a passplay adapter.
IBM SCSI CDROM DOS/Windows Drivers v1.2 (12-18-91, 720K)
Sometimes this older version works better with older drives.
IBM SCSI CDROM DOS/Windows Drivers v3.0 (09-29-95, 720K)
Future Domain PowerSCSI Utility Disk v1.0 (03-28-94, 720K)
Future Domain PowerSCSI Utility Disk v4.1 (08-02-95, 1.44MB)
IBM ISA IDE CDROM DOS/Windows Drivers v4.02 (06-14-93, 720K)
Made for Matsushita-Kotobuki Drives, may work with others.


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous Option Disks / Drivers
Advanced Power Management OS/2 Drivers (05-13-94, 1.44MB)
Advanced Power Management DOS/Windows 3.1x Drivers (07-12-94, 1.44MB)

Miscellaneous
REFSTAMP Utility (05-31-00)
A utility created by Bob Eager that will stamp the special reference disk signature on a boot disk.
Disk Image Utilities (10-31-04)
A collection of utilities that will read/write various types of disk images. Included are: LOADDSKF/SAVEDSKF, RAWRITE/RAWREAD, DISKCOPY, and TELEGET (for tg0 images).
DOS 3.3 Boot Disk with Maintenance Files (03-17-87, 720K)
5140 PCC Starter Disk with Application Selector (03-18-86, 720K)
Advanced Diagnostics Disk PC/AT & XT-286 v2.07 (01-20-87, 720K)
Kelso Recovery Diskette (08-25-92, 1.44MB)
PC Network Diagnostics v2.0 (06-11-91, 1.44MB)
PC Convertible Advanced Diagnostics v1.1 (08-28-86, 720K)
PS/1 Advanced Diagnostics Diskette (06-14-91, 1.44MB)
PS/1 Type 2121 Advanced Diagnostics (06-14-91, 1.44MB)
PS/1 Type 2123 Advanced Diagnostics (12-18-91, 1.44MB)
PS/1 Type 2133, 2155 Advanced Diagnostics (07-17-92, 1.44MB)
PS/ValuePoint Type 6384 Advanced Diagnostics v1.0 (08-17-92, 1.44MB)

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