PDP-8 chassis on eBay
dfnr2 at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 8 09:53:14 CST 2017
I managed to snag the chassis and what I hope is the matching cover. I thought it looked like an 8/e or 8/f.
When I bought my PDP 8/m, I also picked up 2 extra complete board sets (including front panels, and power supplies from the seller's swap/repair stock. The front panels are the 8/f/m versions (with LEDs), as are the switching supplies. I've been looking for a chassis ever since, although I suppose I could have adapted a commercial 19" chassis. Now I need to find a backplane (or 2), bezel, and lock.
As a side note, I bought my 8/m from a guy who ran a business setting up leather and textile embroidery (cowboy boots, etc.) systems based on DEC PDP/8 and PDP/11 controllers. The business was still going as of 3 years ago. The owner was working on a EPROM emulator to simplify programming of a particular PDP-11 based controller, which stored the designs in EPROM. He apparently still had some customers running setups in Canada and India based on 8/a systems. He was just getting around to retiring the last of the 8/m based systems. His shop was (hopefully is) a living vintage DEC museum, but for him it was simply his work. Of course a Raspberry Pi could fully replace those systems, even running the PDP-11 embroidery design software on SIMH, but apparently customers don't like to mess with working systems.
On Wednesday, November 8, 2017 6:50 AM, Pete Turnbull via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
On 07/11/2017 15:09, william degnan via cctalk wrote:
> The seller in the past sold an 8i I believe, it's probably an 8i.
> On Tue, Nov 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM, Dave via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
>> Can you tell which PDP8 this goes with? Would an 8/e panel fit?
It's an 8/e (of which I have two, and a nearby friend has three or four
more, as well as a couple of 8/Ms) chassis. It takes a big linear PSU
and two 10-slot Omnibus backplanes. The 8/F and 8/M (OEM version,
usually with a very simple turnkey panel) are shorter, take only one
10-slot Omnibus backplane, and have a completely different switch-mode PSU.
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