I too have an old spectrometer that requires a PC with an ISA slot,
[Bomem MB series] and the interface card is ISA form.? It has been a
challenge to find old PC's with an ISA slot, most are recycled for
scrap.? The ones I have came from thrift stores, but now the thrift
stores are reluctant to carry old PC's.? No one wants them except a few
people with specific hardware/software requirements.
I also use an old PC that still has the ability to run both 3.5 and 5.25
inch floppies for transferring data to Vax/PDP-11 machines using PUTR.?
The 5.25 inch floppy was dropped from most late model PC's, the
controller chip wouldn't support it.
On 12/19/2018 12:03 AM, Bill Degnan via cctalk wrote:
I repaired a Spectrometer for Morgan University in
Baltimore that had a
vintage computer at its heart, used for training purposes and perfectly
good. The computer just needed some TLC to get it back up and running. I
think it was a P-II as well, there was a control card that would only work
with the pre-PCI bus
On Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 11:54 PM Jason Howe via cctalk <
cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
> Just this year, we pulled our Pentium Pro box off our museum shelf and
> did a fresh install of NT4 for a faculty member and their scientific
> On 12/18/18 5:48 PM, Zane Healy via cctalk wrote:
>>> On Dec 18, 2018, at 2:51 PM, ben via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
>>> I would take a guess for custom hardware or software that never
> migrated to Windows 13 or USB IIV. Ben.
>> Being a photographer, I know there is a real market for this. Many
> high-end scanners will only work with older Macintosh or Windows systems.
> I have a scanner that originally cost $10,000, and the only software for it
> runs on Windows XP (thankfully I can use Parallels Desktop to run XP and
> use it). Other, even more expensive scanners require even older software
> that requires physical systems. I also have some pretty high-end Macintosh
> A/V HW & SW that won?t run on newer systems.
>> I?m sure there is plenty of lab type equipment in this category as well.