The company I work for is looking to purchase a vaxft 410 and/or
We might be able to trade for PDP-11 parts
PICS Vaxft 410 MODEL # 52XBA-AA-C05, Series BA22
KA550-AA 17-02194REV.A01 62351-000
Any help in locating a replacement box or parts would be
Your subject disagrees with the body, which would you like to buy, an HX-20
or an HX-40? I have three HX-20s. I only need one for my collection, so I'm
willing to sell or swap two of them. I'm in Manchester in the UK.
From: charles finnegan [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 01 April 2003 01:13
Subject: Re: Epson HX-20
I would like to buy a EPSON HX-40. Who can help. I also need a printer
>If the pick box is small, I'd be interested if it's available. :)
The Zebra machine is LONG gone. One of my first tasks at this company was
to replace it, that was some 13 or sheesh, maybe 15 years ago. There were
two of them I think, and I know I tossed them in the dumpster (this was
before my collecting days when I just didn't know any better).
The two PC's running pick: One was dismantled, the DigiBoards have been
repacked and stored, and the hard drive has been put in storage (with
Pick still installed). The rest of the PC I think is either in storage or
has been stripped of parts (it honestly might still be standing on end
next to my desk... I get so used to seeing things in my office that I
think of them as furniture and forget all about them). The other is
sitting in storage in one peice, in theory it could be booted tomorrow,
but it has been offline for probably about 5 or 6 years now. I think it
might have a broken DigiBoard in it as well. I seem to recall that a
capacitor was snapped off one of the DigiBoards at one point. What I
don't remember is if it was one being reboxed (makes sense) or if it was
one that was left in the whole PC.
I'm not at the point of getting rid of the whole one yet. It was saved in
its runnable state because it has an old job on it that we wanted to be
able to just drop back in place and run again if we wanted to. Although,
at this point, even if the client DID restart the job, I suspect they
would have enough changes to it to make it worth while rewriting it on a
>I'd be happy to scan these, and forward them on to the person who
>has the Zebra system..
In the event that the lady that used to run our Pick stuff doesn't want
them... then I think sending them to Al for scanning is probably the best
long term idea. I actually had planned to scan them myself, but I just
never got around to it (nor have I ever done a scanning project, so I
don't know how hard it is).
I do have two people that would like them, and I'll feel bad telling them
they can't have them... but personally I would be happiest knowing they
go and get scanned so that everyone can benifit from them.
do you know what I have here ?
I need technical infos like CPU, RAM, ROM and so on. I have one disk for this
machine, but I can't read it. Therefore I need a short reference about the
RDOS OS. A rare machine I think, because I can't find any information about
the FutureData in the www.
Wolfgang Kainz-Huber, Munich (Germany)
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>From: "Patrick Rigney" <patrick(a)evocative.com>
>> According to my H89 manual, it takes 10 sector disks. I have had my H89
>> for a while, but I haven't been able to locate any software for it yet.
>> I bought it at a hamfest and the person that sold it to me claims to have
>> the software and that they will send it to me, but I'm not holding my
>Tom, Tony, et al,
>Maybe I can be of some help to a few people here. I have a
>recently-acquired soft sector controller and some other spare parts. I have
>no idea if the soft sectored controller works, because I just got it and
>have yet to plug it in. All of the software I do have is hard-sector
>HDOS... no CP/M whatsoever. I thought I had it, but apparently I don't,
>unless I missed a box. I have already contacted Don Maslin off list to
>request a soft-sectored Magnolia CP/M boot disk, and check my thinking
>here... it should be possible to create a bootable hard sector disk from the
>bootable soft sectored one by installing both controllers. Unless I'm
>missing something, that seems like a no-brainer. If that is in fact
>possible, I will be happy to share the benefits of that (small) labor with
>those in need.
You do know that there is a hardware modification needed to run
CP/M? As far as I know, this makes it so that it doesn't run
HDOS. I could be wrong though, it has been a while since I looked
at this issue.
You should also try to get a copy of the listing for the hard
sectored controller as well. I may have a copy of this someplace
( it was published by HeathKit ). I think the soft sectored
code was also published.
>One unfortunate rub since my earlier discussion in this thread with Tony...
>last night I pulled my reference machine out of storage and powered it up,
>and it almost boots. Almost. A working machine went into storage six
>months ago, but what has emerged seems to take a (hard sector) disk read
>error on every modulo-10 numbered sector starting at 40 (that's sector, not
>track), with any diskette I use. No problem with any other sectors, just
>40, 50, 60, etc. I have to diag and solve this problem first, obviously.
>Disk rotation speed is good (between 177 and 200), so any pointers any of
>you may have may help me save time dinking around. I have both spare drives
>and controllers, but all are in unknown states at this point. Timing wise,
>once that's fixed, I will need to have received the disk from Don, and see
>if the soft-sectored controller is working at all, and diagnose THAT if not.
>And THEN we'll be in business.
Check to see that none of the rubber from the drive belt is sticking
on the flywheel or drive pully. Check with your finger to make sure
both surfaces are very smooth. Even a tiny bump will cause read
errors. As I recall, these came as single sided so you also need
to check the pad on the head load.
>For those of you who would like either the bootable HDOS (hard sector) or
>the bootable CP/M (hard sector) when this gets sorted out, please reply to
>me OFF LIST. I'm hoping the hard sector drive problem is trivial. I also
>found a bootable/standalone HDOS diskette with a comm program on it, so
>those that don't specifically need CP/M could use this, if you like.
>Ideas on the disk issue?
> Does anyone want them before they are tossed in the garbage?
Instead of tossing in the garbage you might consider sending them to
Al Kossow for scanning.
I'd be happy to scan these, and forward them on to the person who
has the Zebra system..
>I have the following (I guess I should have done this before, but I was
Ugh... these bloddy manuals are cursed. I am destined to never be rid of
I have to retract my offer on these manuals for the time being. I was
just told that the lady that used to handle our Zebra has expressed
interest in taking the manuals. I haven't spoken to her directly yet
(I've been told 3rd party by someone else here that still talks to her).
But until I know what is going on with giving them to her or not, I don't
want to promise them off to anyone else. I have to at least give her
first dibs on them since the Pick stuff really was her baby. (the Zebra
first, and then later the Pick OS on two PC clones we had, although at
least I dabbled a bit in the Pick/PC setups).
> And thusly Zane H. Healy spake:
> > >P.S. The place I have found with the *most* selection of magazines is the
> > >World's Biggest Bookstore in downtown Toronto.
> > If some place can beat Powells Books, then how big are they? Powells Books
> > takes up an entire city block, is multi-story for a good chunk of that
> > block. They don't even stock technical books in the main store, for that
> > you've got to go a couple blocks away and the Technical Bookstore is has
> > more books than most normal bookstores! Plus they've got so many books
> > that they had to open another LARGE store about 20 minutes away, and then
> > finally get at least one warehouse. They've been one of Amazon's major
> > suppliers from Amazon's start.
> When it originally came into being, there were no other book stores (that I
> knew of) like it. Nowadays the Chapters and B&N's are about the same size.
Then the main Powells has them beat without even trying. Shoot, Powells
Technical is almost that big :^)