I'm still digging. I found more 550 stuff. I think this is everything
that came with the 550. Here's a chance for you 550 owner's to get the
whole set at one shot!
Original DS-DOS box and invoice.
Original Sanyo Easywriter ver 1.3 disk
Original Sanyo disk box with 550 dos ver 2.11 and BASIC 1.25, two
original Sanyo disk for InfoStar (set B disk 2 and 3 of 4; disks 1 and 4
are below), original Sanyo disk for DOS 1.25 and BASIC ver 1.1
Original Sanyo disk box with all three original disk of set A, WordStar
and CalcStar and a backup copy of DS-DOS.
Two card board dummy disks used to protect the floppy drives duing shipment.
>A few weeks ago we were talking about the Sanyo 550 series and someone
mentioned one of the alternates operating systems that supported 80 track
drives in the 550. I said that was DS-DOS by Michtron.
> Today I found an old Sanyo disk package with four disks for the 550. One
of them is DS DOS 2.11, one is InfoStar, one is MailMerge/SpellStar and the
other is a disk of misc utilities. The first three are original disks. In
additon, the InfoStar, MailMerge/SpellStar are Sanyo labeled disks that
came with the 550. If anyone wants them, trade me something I can use and
they're all your's.
Yesterday I finally got a couple books I'd gotten on eBay a couple weeks
ago, obviously "VAXcluster Principles" is an interesting book, but I was
surprised how good of a book "The Digital Dictionary" is. I got the 2nd
Edition (the first was mainly internal use). It's a dictionary of all the
different terms that were in use around 1986. As such it contains info on
the PDP-10, PDP-11, and VAX, as well as DECmate's, Rainbows, and
Professionals. As well as the Apps, Languages, and OS's. Great book if
you want to know what a specific term or acronym means. Well worth picking
up if you are in to DEC stuff and can find a copy!
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Looking for info on the Dynalogic Hyperion, a "portable" DOS machine
manufactures around 1983. At least the one I have is 1983. it was designed
and initially built in Ottawa, Canada. Hyperion was acquired in about 1983
by Bytec, who was later bought by I think a Quebec company called Comterm.
Anyway, mine has stopped working: The machine still boots but no image is
displayed on its 7" diag screen. Hence I am looking for service info and/or
persons who have worked on the machine.
Any leads would be most appreciated.
> This is two years late, but the terminal the original poster describes
> sounds like an IST (model 1), a CRT-based CDC product, vintage about 1978.
> There was a later edition called the IST-II, also CDC. It had two 8" drives
> and a Z-80 CPU, as well as connectivity to CDC PLATO mainframe systems,
> either by dialup modem (1200 bps) or multiplexer.
Actually, I was the original poster; a reply to me mentioned the
terminal you're describing.
> The IST is not the oldest PLATO terminal, but it is the oldest that CDC
> manufactured, I suspect. Even my PLATO IV (Magnavox, 1971) is not the
> oldest, but only the first mass-produced machine. The earliest ones date to
> about 1961 and there are probably only two or three still in existence, if
> we're lucky enough to have that many. A precursor to these would be Norman
> Crowder's Auto-Tutor, vintage about 1958, which has characteristics very
> similar to the PLATO terminals (though it is not a computer terminal, it
> operates on filmstrip media), and PLATO's mechanisms are said to have been
> influenced by this machine.
It's one of the mid-70s Magnavox plasma displays I'm looking for...
Say, are you able to connect to NovaNET with the magnavox terminal? if
so, we should meet for a game of Empire or Avatar some time (although
I'm sure you'll wipe me out).... or maybe a more civilized game of chess...
On Mon, 14 May 2001, George Leo Rachor Jr. wrote:
> Stay of execution on this Diablo 3200.....
> We have bought a bit of time as my wife has convinced them not to hack it
> up until I get to see this critter.
> Obviously we have no software for the machine and I'm assuming you don't
Actually, I do. I got the original OS disks as well as a bunch of
floppies with various bits of accounting type software and useless data.
> The computer recycler has agreed not to remove the original components
> until it can be determined if the box is usuable in some rudimentry
> function as is. (They were going to gut the original components and
> replace the guts with something more modern).
Silly. Were they planning to use the same CRT and keyboard? I don't know
how. If all they wanted was a nice desk for a computer then maybe they
should go to Office Depot?
> Now the challenge is to find software that might boot the machine up.
I can make copies for you. Mine supposedly boots.
Here is a picture of mine.
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From: Ethan Dicks <ethan_dicks(a)yahoo.com>
--- Bill Gunshannon <bill(a)cs.scranton.edu> wrote:
> Your thinking of the Heath H11 which was in fact an LSI-11/02. But it had
It shipped as an LSI-11/03 CPU and heath made memory and IO.
My H-11 came with a KDF-11 CPU (11/23), but I don't know if it was shipped
that way or if my boss (who bought it new) upgraded it himself.
Yep, never shipped with 11/23 (KDF-11A). It was discontinued
by then if anything.
I have a couple of the Heath serial cards (one unsoldered!), the H-27
disk controller, the 8" floppies and a pile of misc DEC cards (memory,
BDV-11 boot card, etc).
The heath seriial card was a fairly flexible card copared to the usual DEC DL-11.
to debug the H-27 (he never used it). Except for the monsterous holes he blew in the side to mount additional fans, and the holes in the front he added for external console baud rate switches, it resembles its original
form once again.
The fans and switches were a common mod and handy too.
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"Wayne M. Smith" <wmsmith(a)earthlink.net> wrote:
> I am using an HP composite video card (98204A) in a
> 9000/200 series and am getting a very small multiple
> image on the screen. Is there something special about
> HP composite video or is this just a bad card? I've
> tried the card in both a 9000/200 and 9000/220 with the
> same result. Any ideas?
Just a wild guess, but if you have an HP 35731A monochrome monitor,
try it with that. That wants composite video but with a horizontal
frequency of 30KHz instead of the more usual 15KHz. HP used that on
several different systems.
There may also be a jumper on the video card to select the
horizontal frequency, but the only thing I ever saw this on was
the HP Multimode Display Adapter for the Vectra (sort of a
combination of the IBM MDA and CGA that was good for confusing
This afternoon, I ordered, and then picked up, a cable with MMJ
connectors on it from Control Cable (they're in Woodlawn, MD) - a nice
place to deal with; they specialize in cabling and related products,
and what they sell appears to be of very good quality. The cost of
the assembled cable was only a few cents different from their cost for
a cable and two MMJ connectors, and was under US$5; of course, I had
to pay US$5 extra since the order was under US$50, but that was no
worse than shipping would have been if I'd ordered them from
After connecting the VT320 to the VAX, I reset the system password.
Fortunately, this VAX has the "real VMS" (TM) for VAXen on it:
VAX/VMS, and it's a reasonably recent version: 5.5, which was close to
the lastest version of VMS back when I last worked with a VAX for an
employer, back around 1992. :-)
This far, I haven't noticed anything truly remarkable with regards to
software, although at first glance, it looks like nothing is missing.
Fortunately, someone installed kermit, so that will make things,
such as installing TCP/IP, easier. :-)
There appears to be a fair amount of audio software, which I think may
all be for use with that DECVoice system; text to voice software, for
example. Since I don't have a T1 telephone connection, alas, it
appears that I'm not going to be able to use this DECVoice hardware,
and the audio software on this machine.
Also, there's a mention of SQL in one of the text files that I looked
through, although I didn't notice any database software installed; of
course, I don't know the names of databases using SQL for VAXen.
DECnet is installed and apparently configured, so I guess this means
that I can use my DEC terminal server with this machine... do I need
to do anything other than connect the terminal server to the VAX and
then use it? I know nothing about DECnet.
Of course, there's still the little matter of no tape drive being
installed in this system, which is not a good thing. I have a TK70
and a TK50, along with a TKQ70 board.
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As part of an emulator project I need to read data from many CDC Hawk packs.
I have a drive and I believe it is an SMD interface. The drive also seems
to be known as a DD1600.
Does anyone have any details on this drive?
Two possible options occured to me:-
1. Obtain (?) an SMD controller card for a PC and try to access the drive
using this - and an appropriate amount of C.
2. Use a QBUS SMD controller in my PDP11 and get at the data that way.
Any thoughts gratefully received.
(BTW The machine I am emulating is an old British minicomputer called the