Well, Dominique, I would encourage you to not give up.
You have the only
functional version of this system that anyone has ever reported over the
Internet in recent times (as far as I've found), and I would love to help
in any way that I can.
I also am quite busy, as are you, but this system has come to hold a
important place in my desire to preserve vintage equipment.
The complexity of the situation may be beyond my current skill set as
well, however, I'd be very happy to contribute to the diagnosis in any way
I can. I've come up with some pretty "unorthodox" methods, over the past
few years, of reverse-engineering the way older vintage computer components
talk to each other,and one of those tricks just might be the key to
unlocking this mystery.
Please keep us posted here. There are many here far more knowledgeable
and experienced than I, with this vintage of equipment. It's so
On Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 4:50 AM Dominique Carlier <dce at skynet.be> wrote:
Thank you for your interest in my project ;-)
Unfortunately I was stopped by some technical problems.
As I was studying ways to create bootable tapes for my DCC-166 when it
started to present troubles.
It started with illegible characters (like a bad charset) on the only
operational terminal I have. Despite this he continued to boot from the
Then I tried to reinstall from a bootable tape with DIDOS, the operating
system of Nixdorf, and there it does not work anymore.
Is it because the terminal is not properly working? Is it because there
is a problem with the nine track tape? Is the disc of my Diablo 44 altered?
Is it all problems are from a PSU problem? I do not know.
I cleaned the tape drive, the disk platter, the heads, I clean all
connectors (boards), checked what I could at the level of power supply. I
still have not found the cause of the breakdown(s).
I have not had the time yet but I am going to create a new topic on
cctalk about this, unfortunately, I already feel that this troubleshooting
will require knowledge beyond my skills.
Well, we'll see ;-)
On 25/09/2018 08:01, AJ Palmgren wrote:
Might you have any updates on your Nixdorf 620 / Entrex 480 system? I am
quite interested, and it's been a while since I've seen any email with
these keywords here, from you or anyone.
Someday, it is my hope that I might take a tour of your system in
Belgium, on my next trip to the region, if you would be open to this. I am
quite fascinated by this rare dinosaur of a system.
I have begun to archive your work, and everything else I've ever found
about the Entrex 480 systems here:
Like your system restoration, it is a work in progress...
On Tue, Jan 16, 2018 at 9:52 AM Dominique Carlier via cctalk <
cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
I understand very well your concerns about
sending by mail rare data on
magnetic media. It's a pity that I live so far away (in Belgium), even
if I have not finished to configure my machines, at the end I should be
able to write anything on any media, and concerning magnetic tapes it
will be from 500 to 6250 bpi.
If one day you find in your stock a communication board for Nova 1200
that you do not use please note that I am a potential buyer.
In the meantime, I have to find solutions to reopen all my old monsters
to the outside world ;-)
On 16/01/2018 15:19, Jay West via cctalk wrote:
The 'other Jay' wrote...
Diagnostics for DG systems are notoriously difficult to find. I have
a few, in
I have a full official DG-issued/labeled original diagnostic OS tape.
I do believe
it is at 800bpi though. If I had an 800 bpi drive (everything
I have is 1600-6250) I'd image it for everyone.
I have a nice S/130 rack that I was almost finished restoring till
stopped responding. It's been sitting in my workshop for years
now and I may have to just get rid of it. Next to it is a pile of about 8
nova 800/1200 cpus (all stuffed with boards) that I was going to start on
next, but was waiting till the S/130 was done. I'd like to get done with
them so I can move on to other machines that need to be restored... but may
have to just move them out altogether.
I'm wary of just sending the tape through the mail for imaging....
maybe I can
find someone local with an 800 bpi tape drive and eric smith's