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IBM Aptiva E 2158 (58275UK)

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... Come on IBM, give us a little bit of scope please! I am going to buy a firewire disk cradle. That should do the trick, but it is all more money. I was thinking of buying a new case, but the layout of the motherboard and ports seem to prohibit this. This is where the review dilema comes. ... Read review

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Community Level 1carltonf


Aptive Expansion Limited

AdvantagesVFM, Build Quality, IBM!!

DisadvantagesLack of expansion potential

"...and would certainly recommend the IBM Aptiva to any of my (non-nerd) friends. ..." Read review

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Community Level 2al.humbie


Thank God for restore

AdvantagesWorks for a little while

DisadvantagesBecomes the worst pc after installing a software

"This opinionis for an Aptiva G40, of which is now 5 years old. When we fist brought the PC it worked fine and as I am only 13 back then I was 8 and did not know very much about PC's (just how to type and explore Windows) so I was not mucking around installing this deleting that, to be fair it was working fine, until I began to get interested in computers and the like before long I was buying magazines and installing software off the cover disks, and ..." Read review

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Community Level 2Lad


Aptiva = IBM excellence



"...fact that it was an IBM machine. IBM are a massive company, and working in the computer industry I know the vast amounts of money that they spend on research and development. This has been money well spent when it comes to the Aptiva series. In my workplace I have had three new machines since I bought the Aptiva for home use. The Aptiva has outshone all three in terms of reliability. Because the machine is now four years old I have had to make a few ..." Read review

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IBM Aptiva 2158 family

AdvantagesReady to use, easy to setup.

DisadvantagesNot enough memory

"IBM provide a 30day up and running facility to get you started. Very useful as the modem was not configured from factory, for use in UK. However, as an experienced user of PCs I found most of the problems started after this period. My Hard Drive has been re-formatted (taking about 30 minutes) twice, but has been operating efficiently for abut 6 months. Hardware support is excellent, covered by a 12 month warranty. Manuals are basic, but ..." Read review

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Community Level 1watty52


aptiva series

AdvantagesEase of use and ease of initial setup

Disadvantagescould maybe be better with a real pentium in it - but I don't really know without changing it

"...the purchase - Comet or IBM - I did have to have my printer replaced a Xerox xj6 with a cannon BJC2100 but that could be another op somewhere else sometime. The machine I bought has a Pentium 3 lookalike installed as standard and is fast enough for everthing I do which is mainly word processing and internet use with some paint and draw applications mainly design of proformas for work use. ..." Read review

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MPN 58275UK
Type PC
Recommended Use Home use
Product Form Factor Mini tower
Colour White
Localisation English / United Kingdom

Processor / chipset

CPU AMD K6-2 450 MHz
CPU Qty 1
Max CPU Qty 1
CPU Upgradability Upgradeable
CPU Socket Socket 7
Front Side Bus 100 MHz

Cache memory

Installed Size L2 Cache - 512 KB Pipeline Burst
Technology SDRAM - non-ECC
Memory Speed 100 MHz
Form Factor DIMM 168-PIN
Upgrade Rule Max 128 MB module

Hard drive

Type HDD
Capacity 1 x 8 GB
Interface Type ATA-33

Storage controller

Type IDE - integrated - PCI
Controller Interface Type ATA-33

Floppy drive

Type 3.5" 1.44 MB floppy

Optical storage

Read Speed 6x
Media Load Type Tray


Monitor Type CRT
Diagonal Size 17"

Graphics controller

Type Plug-in card
Interface Type AGP
Graphics Processor ATI RAGE PRO TURBO
Video Memory 8 MB / 8 MB (max) SDRAM
Supported Display Graphics VGA (640x480), XGA (1024x768), SVGA (800x600), SXGA (1280x1024)
Video Interfaces VGA

Audio output

Type Integrated
Signal Processor ESS Solo-1
Sound Output Mode Stereo
Compliant Standards Sound Blaster 16/Pro
Speakers 2 x right / left channel

Input device

Type Mouse, keyboard


Modem Fax / modem - PCI - plug-in card
Max Transfer Rate 56 Kbps
Protocols & Specifications ITU V.90, k56Flex , Hayes AT command set

Expansion / connectivity

Bays 2 (total) / 1 (free) x external 5.25" x 1/2H ¦ 1 (total) / 0 (free) x external 3.5" x 1/3H ¦ 1 (total) / 0 (free) x internal 3.5" x 1/3H
Slots 1 (total) / 0 (free) x CPU ¦ 1 (total) / 1 (free) x shared PCI / ISA - full-length ¦ 2 (total) / 1 (free) x PCI - full-length ¦ 2 (total) / 1 (free) x memory - DIMM 168-PIN ¦ 1 (total) / 0 (free) x AGP - full-length
Interfaces 1 x PS/2 mouse ¦ 2 x USB ¦ 1 x microphone ¦ 1 x VGA ¦ 1 x parallel ¦ 1 x audio line-in ¦ 1 x gameport / MIDI - generic ¦ 1 x PS/2 keyboard ¦ 1 x audio line-out ¦ 1 x headphones / remote control - output ¦ 1 x serial


Features Power-on password
Compliant Standards Plug and Play


Device Type Power supply
Nominal Voltage AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Power Provided 95 Watt
Compliant Standards EPA Energy Star

Operating system / software

OS Provided Microsoft Windows 98
OS Certified Microsoft Windows 98
Software Drivers & Utilities, Compuserve, AOL, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Norton AntiVirus, Netscape Communicator, IBM ViaVoice, Microsoft Outlook Express, Lotus SmartSuite Millennium

Manufacturer warranty

Service & Support 1 year warranty
Service & Support Details Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year - carry-in

Dimensions & weight

Width 19 cm
Depth 37 cm
Height 38.4 cm
Weight 12 kg

Environmental parameters

Min Operating Temperature 10 °C
Max Operating Temperature 35 °C
Humidity Range Operating 8 - 80%


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