VAX 11/730 Documentation

Anders Sandahl anders at
Mon Nov 10 03:07:52 CST 2014

> Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 01:04:48 +0100
> From: shadoooo <shadoooo at>
> To: cctech at
> Subject: Re: VAX 11/730 Documentation
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> Hello,
>  > I haven't booted my machine up yet, because it hasn't been able to
> read any of its console tapes.
> I have too a lot of tapes, complete and uncomplete sets of software
> installation tapes,
> plus two/three console versions and some with unknown content.
> The problem is, many of them suffer from sticky rubber on tape (if you
> try to move the rubber leader,
> it will create blank spots on tape, removing the magnetic oxide
> substrate).
> Other have a broken band. I read somewhere around, it is possible to
> detach the rubber band using hot air,
> and replace it with some sort of PVC strings. I would need a lot of time
> to try something... but the bigger problem is not this...
> I don't have a TU58 to be used on the desk to try to read the tapes, and
> even better to assembl?e a new firmware allowing to format
> blank tapes.
> I'm trying to buy some piece of hardware since a lot of time... no luck
> so far.
> If anybody has a TU58, or parts, please let me know.
> Andrea

I got the machine inside yesterday and started to look it through. Have
also problem with the TU58's. The rubber wheels are just goo.

I have a lot of tapes, ~30 of them. Don't know what they contain yet.


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