Anybody happen to have (or know where) I can find documentation on a Clearpoint SNXRAM VME board?
I've tried Googling for it, but no luck. I've got one and would like to add it to my Sun 3/110.
(which I finally got booting after a lot of work finding all of the bad ram on the motherboard)
Wondered if anybody happened to have info, esp. for the configuration jumpers (I can get it to "add" 6MB, but
suspect it might be overlapped with the motherboard ram... that, or it has a bad chip or two... [which are sadly soldered on...] )
Want to make sure I've got it set up right before I EVEN BEGIN to think about attempting to debug the chips on it... :-)
Incredible opportunity here for someone. Wish I could take it.
> Hello All,
> I have an 11/730 with the following bits:
> Out by themselves:
> * H7140 (power supply?)
> * RL02
> * a faceplate with two tape/cart drives
> In the cabinet:
> * RL02
> * CPU (it also says "DMF32 distribution panel" on the back)
> * R80
> I also have a VT220 terminal.
> I don't know anything about VAXes but it was running when last powered
> down about 15 years ago. I was given it by a friend I helped with
> some IT consulting.
> I have pictures I can make available. The system is in Greenville SC
> and will be given away to the first person who can come pick it all
> It has to go ASAP so don't waste time thinking I will still have it in
> a month. It will be scrapped. :-(
> -- Peter.
From today's (August 24) Wall Street Journal front page:
Written as a bit of a puff piece, but interesting nonetheless, given
the national reach of the WSJ. It might (though I doubt it) spur a
few Wall Street types to take a keener interest in retro gear, making
things dearer and harder for us homie hobbyists to acquire. :)
Kudo's to Ian (King) and Rich (Alderson), et al.
On Mon, 5 Sep 2011 21:21:32 +0100 (BST), ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk (Tony
>> > An AR88 (RCA communcations receiver)
>> You *carried* an AR88 on a train??? They weigh, what, 45 kgs? You
> Well, I didn't hold it for the netire journey, if that's what you
> It sat on the luggage rack between Bristol and London...
I hope not the overhead rack? I certainly wouldn't like to take an
AR-88 down from an overhead luggage rack, let alone putting it up there,
and certainly not having it fall out if something happened... Brrr...
But even carrying it *to* the train wouldn't be particularly fun, with
a cart or trolley I might consider it.
>> work out a lot...
> I am insulted! I have spent my entire life avoiding exercise, and I
> intend changing that. I have never done any uncnessary exercise.
No offence meant! :-)
> The only 'working out' I do is how to fix classic computers (etc),
> how to
> design bits of electronics, and so on.
>> I used to have a BC-312M. I really regret having got rid of it. That
>> a nice piece of equipment.Not quite as heavy as the AR88 but quite
>> enough to break your foot if you dropped it on one of them. The foot
>> would be severely damaged but not the BC-312M...
> And that's the way it should be. You foot will mend itself, the
> will not
Hmm, I'm not sure there would be a lot left of my foot to mend if a
BC-312 fell on it from any height...
I am moving (locally) in a few weeks. I've just started packing and,
with much less success, trying to figure out what doesn't need to move
with me. First off the pile are two large,
Sun GDM1962B (http://www.monitorworld.com/Monitors/sun/gdm1962b.html)
The Sun has a 13W3 connector and is probably contemporary to the first
Sparcstation line. The SGI has 3 BNCs and the *old* logo, which
probably means it went with the Personal Iris era of SGI. That almost
makes it collectable to me but...no. No CRTs for me. At least not
for machines that can me made to work with an LCD.
They're free for pickup if you happen to be in the area (60074.) No
way I will ship these.
Finally pulled out the TRS-80 Model II tonight with the intention of
actually working on it for once (shocker!) and trying to get it operational.
It powers up, drive spins, screen comes on, lights glow, etc. Insert
any one of about 20 8" floppies that I have that are specifically for
the Model Ii and.....
Nothing. Well. BOOT ERROR RS, which is translated as, "Disk not in
I'd believe it for one or two, but all of them? It seems unlikely,
although I could blame bit-rot perhaps. I'm hoping it has something to
do with the hardware instead.
Popping it open, the unit powers on and the drive head is dropped to the
spinning disk, then lifted, then dropped, then lifted, and the error
occurs. I cannot see if the head is close enough to the disk or not
(and I have *no* idea of the tolerances anyway) and am not sure how I'd
adjust it -- or drive speed, etc. if that's an issue.
So, anyone got ideas? There *is* a remote possibility that all the
disks I got were wiped either by the previous owner or in some sort of
magnetic disaster, but they're well-labeled and came from a working
haul, so I have to imagine that they're still good. Or at least, I'm
hoping they are. (The bits are damned near visible on these things,
Your ideas and good guesses welcome and very much appreciated.
*Nathan E. Pralle*
I have a MicroVAX II in a BA123 enclosure and I am experiencing some
problems getting it to see the RD53. Whenever I try to boot I just get the
error DEVOFFLINE and the Ready light on the front panel goes out when this
happens (you can't get it to switch on again if you press the button a few
The RD53 is known to work as it will boot in a MicroVAX 2000. The RQDX3 also
works as I have tested it in a working MicroVAX II (BA23). I have tested the
cable from the RQDX3 to the M9058 distribution board. I have also tested the
cable from the M9058 to the front panel. I have tested the front panel
button and it seems to be right (it shorts two terminals when depressed,
leaving the Open Circuit when it is out). I have swapped the cables from the
distribution board to the drive with another set.
I am starting to suspect that the M9058 is at fault, I don't have a spare to
eliminate this component, but I was wondering if anyone else has seen this
problem and has any suggestions.