Many of you may have heard about this already, but to make sure everyone
We are proud to announce the fourth annual Vintage Computer Festival
Southeast (VCFSE) in Roswell GA. The Festival, on April 2nd and 3rd,
features over 35,000 square feet of exhibits, museums, presentations, and
Exhibitors are available for live demonstrations and offer attendees the
unique opportunity to experience a true piece of technology history. New
this year, a live auction offers bidders a chance to start or expand their
personal collections. (Registration is still open, visit the link at the
bottom if you'd wish to exhibit -- vendors are also welcome)
The Festival offers very popular hands-on electronics projects for children
Gaming fans will enjoy a wide array of vintage video game consoles in a
retro gaming section, where visitors can play classic games. Gamers of all
ages are encouraged to test their vintage gamer skills on a huge classic
video game wall.
This year, the Festival celebrates the 40th anniversary of Apple computer.
Attendees will experience the complete history of Apple at the Computer
Museum of America?s Apple Pop-Up Museum, a large, one-of-a-kind display of
extremely rare computers. The museum features a dynamic presentation of
the small start-up, founded in a garage by two young friends in 1976, that
became the world's leading computer company.
Guest speakers include renowned industrial designers and engineers who have
played integral roles in computer history. Attendees will hear a first-hand
account from industrial designer Jerry Manock, who created designs for the
Apple II and III in the 70s and 80s. Vintage computer enthusiasts will
enjoy a presentation from acclaimed computer engineer Bil Herd, creator of
several noteworthy designs, including the Commodore 128.
Computer Museum of America?s companion exhibit, ?LINK: Personal Computing
>from Switches to Pockets,? features the links from the past to the present
with displays of iconic computer brands including original computers like
the IBM PC, as well as some very rare and unique machines such as the
VCFSE is hosted and produced by the Atlanta Historical Computing Society
and the Computer Museum of America. VCFSE is the premier vintage computer
festival in the southeast and part of the VCF family of vintage computer
festivals, which include VCF East in New Jersey, VCF Midwest in Chicago and
VCF West in California.
The VCF mission is to educate, promote and demonstrate the evolutionary
significance of vintage computers, software and gaming to today?s new
generation of innovators by offering attendees a chance to experience the
technologies, people and remarkable stories that embody the history of the
VCFSE 4.0 will be held at Kings Market Shopping Center, 1425 Market Blvd,
Suite 200, Roswell, GA 30076, in what was previously a Comp-USA Super
Store. The Festival is open from 10 AM to 7 PM on Saturday and from 10 AM
to 5 PM on Sunday.
Adult admission is $10 per day or $15 for a two-day pass. Children ages 17
and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
For more details, please visit
Short story: We are thinking of producing another set of 25 and want to
know how much interest there is out there. If you are interested in
purchasing one please email me.
What is it? An IDE interface, clock/calendar, and a memory expansion
sidecar for the PCjr. The BIOS extension allows booting from recent
IDE/PATA hard drives that support LBA addressing mode. (Compact Flash with
an adapter or Disk On Modules also work.) The memory expansion brings the
machine from 128KB to 736KB.
The last time we did this the price was around $75 for the kit of parts;
you have to supply your own sidecar shell.
See http://www.brutman.com/jrIDE/jrIDE.html for more details.
> So here's a quick update on where Dave Bridgham and I are with the
> QSIC ... We have the first of two wire-wrap prototype QBUS motherboards
> more or less (see below) done .. the hardware is 'mostly' working; most
> of the work from here on out will be FPGA, etc, programming. There
> _are_ a few additional QBUS lines used for bus master (DMA) and
> interrupts which we haven't used yet, and one of the first things done
> now is to get those two kind of bus cycles working
> With that in hand, we can do the first controller (RK11), using memory
> in the FPGA to simulate a small disk.
Well, Dave has made a big step down that road; he has DMA working (both the
bus arbitration cycle for DMA, as well as master-mode transfers to and from
QBUS slave memory).
He's now starting in on interrupt cycles; once those work, he effectively has
emulation of a minimal small RK (he already has all the registers, since he
needs them to control the DMA to and from the RAM disk). At that point I
should be able to test it by making it the swap drive on a Unix V6 load.
Thanks very much to all who posted a reply. The BBII disk files was
something I didn't have, and the CD image had some very interesting stuff.
I did go and download the bitsaver files also.
I am currently looking for documentation (configuration, SCH, ...) on DEC's M865 Teletype-interface. Not the M8650 or M8655, mind you.
Could someone point me to the right direction?
Thanks a lot,
Now that I have a running 11/03 (through the Heathkit HT-11 I bought) I thought I?d try to get something running other than XXDP using the TU58 emulator. Malcolm Macleod has a quick walkthrough of how to make this work with an 11/23 and the TU58 emulator from Will Kranz (http://www.avitech.com.au/pdp-11-03/make-tu58-rtv4-image.html).
Even though the tutorial is for the 11/23, I think that the 11/03 can run RT-11 from an RX01, and the H11 came with an optional custom version of RT-11, so I feel that it should theoretically work. I followed the tutorial and it reads the image but barfs at some point and the CPU halts. Not sure why. Has anyone tried this?
Collector of Classic Computers
Build Master and lead engineer, Altair32 Emulator
Planning for the 11th annual Vintage Computer Festival Midwest shall
begin in earnest in early April. But since the dates have been locked
in for some time, there's no harm in getting them out early.
Returning to last year's great new location, this time with an extra
room and even more Visio-driven planning, VCFMW will once-again be
*the place to be* for retro-tech enthusiasts in the Midwest! In an
effort to accommodate as many schedules as possible, our dates have
shifted back a bit vs. last year. So please make a note on your
calendar, VCFMW 11 will be the weekend of September 10th and 11th,
As always, the fun will begin on Friday night with early load-in,
group dinner(s) and general frivolity. Many details are yet to be
worked out, but we envision a slight schedule change (later Saturday
and earlier Sunday start and further optimization of the room and
The old vcfmw.org URL still works, as well as the new page from our
friends at the Vintage Computer Federation:
More info will be added in a few weeks, as well as a new registration
page for tables, talks and vending. Please hold your tabling requests
until the announcement next month (I have to draw the chart first!)
Every minute of last year's show set a new standard as we went into
our double digits. We look forward to seeing you all (and more) again
> From: Mattis Lind
> I have a physical tech manual (which is not the same as the one at
> I should probably scan that tech manual if someone hasn't done it
The ones I have found online are:
DEC-11-H05AA-A-D Jan, '73 PDP-11/05 computer manual
DEC-11-H05AA-B-D Sept, '74 PDP-11/05, 11/10 computer manual
DEC-11-H05AA-B-D Supplement 1 July, '74 PDP-11/05, 11/10 10-1/2 inch mounting box and power system
DEC-11-H05AA-B-D Supplement 2 July, '74 Description of data paths module M7260 revision M
DEC-11-H05SS-B-D Jan, '75 PDP-11/05-S, 11/10-S system manual
EK-11005-TM-003 April, '75 PDP-11/05, 11/10 computer manual
(The 2nd-4th are in a single file.)
> Compared to the one at bitsavers it for example include an appendix
> related to some minor modifications that had been done to the CPU board
The ones that are available seem to be pretty comprehensive coverage of the
05-10, the 05N-10N, and the 05S-10S. If yours has some significant material
that is not in the others, then please scan it. Otherwise, it may not be
worth the trouble (especially if you do not have an auto-feed scanner... :-).
> the system came with an extra 5.25 inch memory box. Identical to the
> CPU but different backplane for three more MM11-L modules
Right, that's the ME11-L, which is an MF11-L backplane in a 5-1/4 box; it
normally came with one MM11-L board set (16KB) installed, and one could add
two more sets.