Ouch, but 2 Perqs out.

Josh Dersch derschjo at gmail.com
Sat Dec 12 17:29:30 CST 2020

On Sat, Dec 12, 2020 at 2:56 PM Chris Zach via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org>

> This was a long day. Went over to the house and started working on
> getting the Perqs out of the basement. I've been moving smaller stuff to
> make room and it was time.
> First up was a Perq1 chassis that just had the big disk drive in it,
> side and rear panels. I figured it was lightest and after taking off the
> sides and top was able to lift it and carry it up steps. Still heavy and
> bulky, but it made room and a path to get to the second one.
> The second one was a mess but a lot heavier: It still had the card cage
> in it and I was not going to be able to lift. So I figured out how to
> take the sides, top, front, back, and bottom (pounds are made of ounces)
> and then spottted the screws that hold the card cage and power supply in
> the box. Bless the people at perq, those two screws out and you can lift
> the cage out the side of the box.
> The card cage without cards (took them out to lighten) was heavy but I
> got it up the steps. Then with a herculean amount of effort I managed to
> carry the rest of the box up, followed by the sides, top, front, back,
> and bottom plates.
> There are still two more Perqs down there. They have heavier front
> plates (I was able to take them off) with real shielding. They were
> different designs, so they were not Perq1s and they are not the same as
> each other.
> Question: Are there any pictures of other types of Perqs?

DigiBarn has a few pictures of a PERQ 1 and a T2:


There's the rarer PERQ 2, which I have a picture of here:


> Unfortunately they are still buried under old Sun gear and a Vaxserver
> of some sort. So I'll have to think about those, but they will need to
> come apart as well.
> Question: Do the card cages and stuff come off the later Perqs as well?

Not as easily.  They can all be disassembled to a point but it's not nearly
as simple as the PERQ 1/1A.

If you pull the side, front, and rear panels off (be careful there -- the
drives are mounted to the rear, and there are cables to deal with), and
pull the boards, it should be significantly lighter.

> Also got two different types of keyboards that say Perq, and a monitor
> that looks like a big fat white Vetrex and says Three Rivers.

Sounds like the newer-style portrait monitor for the PERQ 2 to me.

> Question: What does a Perq mouse look like?

It varies.  See the Digibarn T2 pictures for one example; the Summagraphics
Bit Pad One was another common option -- big white tablet about 15" square
with a 4-button wired puck.  GPIB interface.  There was also the Kriz
tablet which was smaller and had three buttons.

> At least this stuff will not be junked. I'll take pictures and such
> tomorrow and throw a tarp over everything tonight because I'm too tired
> to get it out of the truck.

Looking forward to pictures!

- Josh

> I swore off high-mass hobbies for a reason....

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