While going through some boxes which have been unopened since my last move
15 years ago I found a Cypher 68000/Z80 single board computer by Motel
Computers Ltd, Ontario Canada that I bought back in 1986. In another box I
found some of the documentation. I'm hopeful of finding the manual and disks
but they haven't turned up yet.
Does anyone have the manual and disks for this board?
what are the word processing options for a daisy wheel printer?
I would like to be able to write "bold face" (double stroke) and
underline some parts. I guess there aren't any other capabilities to
exploit on a daisy wheel printer.
Operating system is unixish (Linux/NetBSD/FreeBSD). MS-DOS would work, too.
Maybe something like (g|t)roff?
Is there something you'd recommend?
If anyone has ideas about boards or software to connect this original Compaq to the net let me know!
Browsing the ebay, I do not find a PC 8 bit ethernet board but still looking.
Then, the rest, a net set of tools in source would be great.
I?m still not 100% sure if this is a 3300 or a 3400. It?s in a BA400X chassis, and after looking at the manuals last night, it seems like it?s closer to the 3400. My familarity with Q-Bus MicroVAXen is limited to MicroVAX/VAXstation II?s, and a MicroVAX 3.
After getting a power cable (the only one at PCH Cables was a 3? one, and I didn?t want to wait for more to come in), it powered right up, but is failing 4 tests.
I quickly learned last night that ?TEST 9E? prints all the tests out to screen. This effort is making me wish I had a DEC LA50 plugged into the terminal. :-)
It starts counting down diagnostics at ?41?.
?57 2 17 FF 00 0000
?C2 2 01 FF 00 0001
?5C 2 01 FF 00 0002
?5D 2 0B FF 00 0003
57 = SI_memory incr test_matter *****
C2 = SSC RAM ALL *
5C = SII_initiator ******
5D = SII target *******
I think this is indicating issues with the DSSI interface. The system has two RF73 DSSI drives, which sound like they spin up. It also has a TK70 tape drive. It says it has 4MB and 16MB RAM, all good.
One odd thing is that the KA640-A seems to plug into another board, before the DSSI drives. I?m getting ready to dig into that, and find out what that board is.
Depending on when you need them, VCFMW is coming up in a few months. I
have a number of Osborne 1's as well as a couple of 386 machines set up
with Teledisk (I bought it *years* ago when it became available to
listmembers), imagedisk, and *maybe* Dave Dunfields IMD(?). As VCFMW
gets closer and you still need these floppies read, let me know and I'll
put the machines in with the stash of "junque" to unload :).
I *think* you are on the East coast, and it would surprise me if the
RICM doesn't have working Osbornes.
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> Date: Tue, 25 May 2021 10:37:03 -0700
> From: Zane Healy <healyzh at avanthar.com>
> To: Fred Cisin <cisin at xenosoft.com>, "General Discussion: On-Topic and
> Off-Topic Posts" <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
> Subject: Re: How to read Osborne 1 Floppies?
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> Yes, we need to be able to access the files.
> I?m going to see if my old 486 will still boot up, I know I used to use it with imaging RX50 floppies. I?m not an x86 collector, so have a pretty limited selection of PC Hardware. I?m on my Sabbatical right now, so this request came in at a good time. Though first I have to finish up on some VAX and Alpha systems I?m working on, so as to free up space. That or finish a cleaning project in my office. :-) The cleaning project is needed to finish the VAX/Alpha projects?
> Is there any chances of reading these with Commodore 128 running CP/M, or a Kaypro 2? The Kaypro is definitely on my ?project list?, it worked last time I played with it. I *might* have a DEC Rainbow, or I might have given it away. If I do, I have no idea of its condition. An Apple //e would be another old system with 5.25? drives, but seems more unlikely. I might still have an old Kaypro PC, though it hasn?t been used since ?94 (and there is a good chance it went to LCM).
> My focus is DEC and Commodore, though I do have a lot of Apple // gear.
On Wed, 2021-05-26 at 12:00 -0500, cctalk-request at classiccmp.org wrote:
> If you were to find an M7626 KA660 CPU you could do away with all of
> the DSSI cabling between the CPU and the M9715 (in addition to having
> a CPU that is around twice as fast).
KA660/BA430 makes for a nice MicroVAX, had one for a while. You can
even route the SCSI on the backplane as well, and the sleds pick up
whichever you need. Too bad DSSI stuff either isn't more common or DEC
found a way to route full cluster over SCSI, that was neat too (and
faster than LAVAC for KA660).
I seem to recall a highly opinionated VAX/BSD partisan also bestowed on
it the rare (in his system) title of "real VAX"
In the completely unrelated category my state has signs out asking us
to "VAX up" which has me itching to get my VAXes out again. Sadly HP
shut down the hobbyist license issuing before they got to my request
A photographer I know contacted me last night asking about reading Osborne 1 floppies. What does it take to read these?
The only Catweasel board I have is the old Zorro 2 board for the Amiga. I do have 5.25? floppy drives. Neither of us have an Osborne anymore (I think mine went to Jim Willing).
Q: Does anyone have any IBM PC Network hardware and / or software that
they would be willing to part with?
The recent "COMPAQ ISA PC to ethernet" thread got me thinking about IBM
PC Network (and ARCnet) again.
Sadly, Wikipedia's IBM PC Network article  is about the most concise
/ complete source of information that I've seen in the past. I'd like
to learn more. I knew about the F connectors on coax cable, but was not
aware of centralized device needed to do frequency translation.
Grant. . . .
unix || die
What sort of mice does a VAXstation 4000 (vlc/60/90) take? I?m pretty sure they don?t need a DEC ?hockey puck? mouse.
I?m trying to get a VAXstation setup as? A VAXstation! I?ve always run them headless, usually with SBB?s in a BA353 or BA350.