Hello to all VAXenfolks,
i do have a problem with a VAX-11/730 that i have reconstructed
resoldered, replaced cable, everything. Pictures on www.vaxcluster.de.
i am a bit proud of it... But sorry for the bad web-page design!) over
last few months.
It is now willing to boot and tries to load it's microcode tape from the
TU-58 drives. I even have a microcode tape which looks like it could be
But the TU-58's are so battered that i have not been able to read the
I have repaced the rubber rollers, but the read/write-heads look, ummm,
I have found somewhere some TU-58 simulator software for DOS which looks
like a promising alternative; i would place a mini-DOS-computer inside a
VT-102 and route some additional cables to the VAX and bee fine.
BUT: How do i get the contents of the microcode tape of the tape, into a
DOS file without access to a working TU-58?
Is someone on this list able to read the tape?
Has someone already made a tape image i could just use? I mean, i have
a original DEC tape, with serial number and all. I might even come up
with a license document, if i search long enough...
Any help would be greatly welcomed. This old lady is just to beautifull
to use it as an electric heater only...
Michael Schneider email: ms(a)silke.rt.schwaben.de
People disagree with me. I just ignore them.
Finally was able to get a look at the PDP 7. I think it qualifies as the find
of the week, or year, for me.
I have corresponded with those most interested in it. If interested please
contact me offlist at whoagiii(a)aol.com.
Here is the report;
I saw the PDP 7. It is a delight. It is too bad the entire Lab could not be
saved as a museum. The computer was installed in 1965 to run a 5 MEV Van de
Graff Generator which had been installed in 1964. There is still one
experiment running in the lab so it is not being shut down yet.
The PDP 7 was replaced in 1992 with a RIDGE 32. The RIDGE 32 was replaced in
1999 with a SUN IPX which runs the Van de Graf via a GPIB connection.
However the PDP7 was not removed or even disconnected. Harlan fired it up,
tried to load a program off a disk drive, by first running a punch tape.
Finally got the tape loaded and you could see action in the homemade disk
drive controller, but nada.
He was able to key in a simple program via the front switches that ran.
Classic blinkin lights, wow!
Evidently it is a Germanium transistor computer. Germanium, not being as
stable as silicon, needs more love, care and attention to keep it running.
There are two cabinets of boards and parts including extra core. It
originally came with 4K of Core but they upgraded it with 4K more for a total
It has a 555 DECTAPE drive, a paper tape reader and desk in the central
cabinet. It is 6 cabinets wide, however these are a narrow double door
cabinet so the entire computer doesn't seem massive. It is cute! The paper
tape punch is in the cabinet to the far left with 4K of core underneath.
Second to the left is the other 4K and the power supplies for the memory. The
third from the left is the console, desk and paper tape reader. IIRC there
are three more cabinets to the left, the last two sparsely populated. All the
cards are singles, early flip chip style.
It originally came with a KSR 33 Teletype which is long gone. They used an
ADM terminal in a roll around rack. Above the terminal is a HP1300 display.
At the top are two DEC floppy drives with the Lab's own homemade disk
controller. All this should be visible in the pictures.
There is an entire file cabinet drawer of docs and paper tapes. Several boxes
of boards and components, as Harlan said, a complete set of spares. he also
indicated they were familiar with board level repairs and that is what it
took to keep it running. They inherited lots of tapes from a PDP10 at one
time, because they could use the same ones. There are several cabinets of
It is a classic museum piece.
Excuse me, but the Christian Fandt e-mail address have not been available
could Somebody help me please????
Thank you very much for your attention.
Hello Christian Fandt,
I hope you are ok..
My name is Dar?o Rodriguez and I work at Ericsson de Colombia Repair Center.I am in charge of equipment maintenance.
We have a equipment which is controlled by a Hewlett Packard calculator reference: HP 9825B that we looked at your web site http://www.classiccmp.org/mail-archive/classiccmp/2000-08/0176.html
We will really appreciate you help us to know if is still available to buy this unit, because our calculator is not working very well now, and one new could be better to us,or if it is not available, maybe, could you please help us to know if this calculator is replaced by other one?,
In the past we tried to replace this one by a Computer interface, but It have not been possible, do you know where do we find information about this process?,
Thank you very much for your attention,
We will expect your comments about this matter,
On Jun 25, 9:09, R. D. Davis wrote:
> Quothe Pete Turnbull, from writings of Tue, Jun 25, 2002 at 08:44:50AM
> > You missed Fuzzball.
> Has anyone done any work on The Fuzzball during the past several
> years? It looks interesting, but, from what I recall, it isn't
AFAIR it boots from RT-11. I downloaded a copy years ago and haven't
Pete Peter Turnbull
University of York
I apologize, but I didn't save the email that told who was
taking over while Jay took a sabatical...
Is the email address obfuscation in the archive up and running,
and if not, when will it be? I am preparing to switch to an
new email address, and don't want to provide it to the spammers
directly... I'll wait until the obfuscation is in place before
Does the list archiver honor the 'X-NoArchive: Yes' line? Can it
be made to? I'd like to be able to announce something (like the
username/password for my private FTP site), but I don't want it
to live forever in the archive. It's unlikely a spider would
find the announcement and I'd get a hacker trying to break in,
but why risc it...
Can anyone do something to help out this young lady? Her husband was aiming
for a noble deed, and we should support him.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Kate Olin" <blue(a)intrnet.net>
>Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2002 08:00 PM
>Subject: DEC Vax 6000-310
>I have a DEC Vax 6000-310 I have to sell. If interested, please email...
>If he could get his expenses back, he'd be happy in that he'd feel he was
>preserving it and sending it to a good home, but if he can't get that, I'm
>sure the tax deduction [to a charitable, computer-preserving, organization]
> might take the sting out of it. He didn't pay that much for it. With the
>hauling and what it cost him, I think he's got a 100 dollars in it.
>Anyway, thanks so much. I hope we can get our money back on it. My
>just couldn't imagine letting them scrap it and he loves DEC stuff. If
>anyone is interested too, perhaps we should tell them that it is located
>deep in Southern Illinois (almost the tip of the state). And if needing
>shipping, freightquote is really cheap for that. We've been really happy
I seem to remember someone saying that the DECservers are basically a
Q-Bus PDP-11 system. Is this correct, or am I thinking of something else?
Also, does anyone know what they're based off of and if it's possible to
make them boot a 'conventional' os by changing their bootroms?
Recent Acquire: HP 9000/300 in a rolling case, quite sexy.
Below is a listing of cards and disks with it. I need some help identifying
the cards marked with a star (*). If anyone has info on any of them, please
let me know. I've tried to write down as many numbers on the cards as I
could find to help in the identification.
If anyone has docs for any of the below, please contact me. As well, I'm
looking for an HP-HIL keyboard.
HP 9000/300 in two cases that link together through a many-pinned connector.
HP4BL REV C
Has an Intel 80286-8mHz CPU on it
HP 98658A SCSI Controller
HP System Interface 88809L
HP-HIL Keyboard Port
DI0-II 16M Memory Card
CPU Card - Motorola M68030
16MB Memory Card
"Catseye" Framebuffer card
1280x1024 60Hz 8bit color Card
SCSI ID: 0
Disk: Micropolis ESDI 170MB
X421 Address 0010
Disk: Vertex Peripherals Model V170 ESDI 170MB
Starts Up With: P2
Display Results: U0
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