Hey all --
Picked up an HP Integral PC. Probably paid too much for it but
something about a luggable HP machine with a plasma display running
HP-UX from ROM seemed irresistible. But I digress.
Has anyone archived the manuals for this thing? I've been unable to
find anything in my searches on the internet. Found some software
archives (and after lubricating the floppy mechanism I've been able to
make use of it...) but not much documentation. Docs for the HP BASIC
for this machine would be nice, too.
I've only played with it for a little while, but it seems like a really
neat machine. (Though it seems like this thing is just begging for some
sort of mass-storage other than the internal floppy and RAM. Anyone
have an HPIB hard disk for sale? :)
Date: Sat, 28 Nov 2009 16:49:20 -0500
From: Murray McCullough <c.murray.mccullough at gmail.com>
Subject: Different take on 10 Yr. 'RULE'
A different interpretation on the 10 Yr. 'Rule'. Many experts, CPU mag
being one, say that we shouldn't store info on CDs, DVDs, etc. as they
may be unreadable in less than 10 yrs. Wouldn't it be sad if we lost
valuable information on the classic computing era? I guess
old-fashioned paper is the best way after all! Let's hope these
technologies last longer than my Zip-drive and disks that can't be
read because the drive died and I can't get it fixed or at the very
least at a decent price. So Sad!
Only sad if you want it to be...
No problem finding a working ZIP drive for free or next to nothing
these days; all kinds of them on eBay at .99 with no bids, or just
ask on the various forums and I'm sure someone'll be happy to get
rid of one.
Never had any problems with my drives or disks, FWIW.
I don't know if the 10 year rule applies here, but I have a old 3com
switch (3c3500) that I'd like to use. Problem is that the previous
administrator was competent and changed all the passwords. So, how
should I reset this unit? Mind you, there is a socketed flash SIMM
... Any ideas? There's also a bad SRAM chip, but that's another
kettle of fish.
I've just got my hands on a HP 16500B logic analyser mainframe,
complete with a few acquisition cards (16530A 2-channel 400Msps
oscilloscope and 16550A 100MHz State/500MHz Timing logic analyser). Now
I'd rather like a keyboard and mouse for it...
I'm aware that the HP-HIL keyboard and mouse used on the 16500B were
HP-proprietary, and that they were also used on a couple of HP
workstations. My question is, does anyone here have a HP-HIL keyboard,
mouse, or (preferably) a mouse and keyboard pair for sale?
(I'd also settle for a PS/2-to-HP-HIL adapter, if such a beast exists)
I've had a quick look on Greed-bay, and it seems the only listings
for HP-HIL kit are from test-and-measurement dealers whose prices are a
bit... well... "out there".
I could also do with the manuals for the 16530A oscilloscope card; at
the least I need the Front Panel Operations Reference, but the Service
Manual would be good too. I can't say I'm too fussed about the
Programmer's Manual (it's on Agilent's website as a PDF), but it would
be nice to have a complete set. I'll take PDF, (good quality) photocopy,
or dead-tree, whatever's easiest.
classiccmp at philpem.me.uk
Calling all hoarders!
I have been trying to get my old Fido BBS (circa 1983) running again on my
The original Tom Jennings code got trashed in a system crash may years ago.
There's bits of it on his BBS but I would need to be a much better C
programmer to have a hope of fixing it.
There are copies on the old Decus site but the un-squeezer's (NUSQ &
NUSQ110) just report errors.
I know about FOSSIL but its FIDO_DEC.exe I'm really after.
Does anybody have or know where FIDO_DEC.exe might be found.
On 29 Nov 2009, at 18:00, cctalk-request at classiccmp.org wrote:
> Message: 2
> Date: Sat, 28 Nov 2009 22:46:05 -0800
> From: "Chuck Guzis" <cclist at sydex.com>
> Subject: RE: Nand gate computer.
> To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts"
> <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
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> On 28 Nov 2009 at 22:09, dwight elvey wrote:
>> I still like the 38s the best. Open collector
>> parts can do so much more than just a logic function.
> The '12 is an OC 3-input NAND. I like 3-input gates better because
> they lower the part count in circuits like J-K flip flops. If you
> admit diodes to the mix, there's no reason that 38s or even 06s
> wouldn't work just as well.
> RTL and DTL were great when it came to wired-ORing.
Wire-OR is fine until you need to find out which signal is driving the input low, or should I say to logic '1' (my machine uses -6.3v = logic 1, 0v = logic 0). You need to isolate all the outputs to check them, not TOO hard on a wire wrapped machine but must be a swine if you've soldered everything together. Of course there still the other problem, if you need two or more wire-ORs from the same output, you need to buffer the outputs separately or generate the signal two or more times.
Does anyone still mirror the old Simtel archives anymore? I'm in need of
msdos/arcers/extar10.zip among other things.
dgriffi at cs.csubak.edu
A: Because it fouls the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
Q: What is the most annoying thing in e-mail?
*BKBTL* -- *BK Back to Life!* -- is
for Windows 2000/XP/Vista. BK is soviet home computer based on PDP-11
compatible processor K1801VM1. The project started on Nov. 14, 2009 and
based on UKNCBTL <http://code.google.com/p/ukncbtl/> code.
The emulator works under Windows 2000/2003/2008/XP/Vista. Written for Win32
and requires Unicode support.
Current status: Beta, under development.
- CPU (still closer to 1801VM2)
- Motherboard (partially)
- Screen -- black and white mode, color mode, short mode (except the
color mode palettes)
- Keyboard (but mapped not all BK keys)
- Reading from tape (WAV file)
Folks, I'm trying to free up some floor space in my shop and am clearing out a number of interesting mostly 1970s Unibus PDP-11 items. They are on ebay under user wacarder. Among these are a TU56 with a TC11 controller, an 11/35, an 11/34a, an RK05f, an RK05, ASR-33 teletypes, and more. If you are in the market for any Unibus PDP-11 items, let me know. I have MANY MANY items and I need to free up space.
Ashley, Leesville, SC
After a long time, I've booted my Apple II again. However, it seems that
some keys on the keyboard are not always working. I can get some to work
by pressing quickly & hard a couple of times. Before I'm going to pry
open the keyboard, is it "normal" that these keys don't seem to make
Also, I forgot the name of the recently discovered old case cleaner
material, does anyone know this?
Thanks in advance!