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Digital DEC 3000/500

by billdeg - 05/15/2017
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Last Post: [ Initial Testing ] 05/27/2017
DEC 3000/500 with front and top cover removed.
DEC 3000/500 with front and top cover removed. Click image for more photos
Amazingly I have the cables, I will need to borrow a SGI or similar display as the VR241 I attempted was not able to synch with the display controller. I even have an old dirty mouse that should work with it.... [ read more ]

IBM System/3 Diagnostic Module 3348

by billdeg - 05/15/2017
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IBM System/3 Diagnostic Module model 5415 with diagnostic programs 825068 and 825032. Please send System/3 to test.
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Computer Graphics 101

by billdeg - 05/15/2017
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Found this taped to the side of a VT-220 terminal. Click for larger view.
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DEC VX40 Multia

by billdeg - 05/14/2017
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Digital VX40 Multia
This tiny (~10 inches wide) DEC VX40 Multia stared out as a VX40B and was field upgraded to a VX40L-F2 . Click image to see files
Digital VX40 boot screen
Boots up like a typical Alpha from the mid 90's. This system has VMUNIX installed but I have not yet cracked it to get access. Click image to see larger view.
See boot screen succession snapshots. If you the reader have experience with this hardware or have any comments please contact me. More to come.... [ read more ]

Altos 5-5AD

by billdeg - 09/27/2005
Total messages in this thread: 9
Last Post: [ More OASIS tips ] 05/10/2017
Died on the table. I can sometimes get it to boot, but the hard drive is now dead. For about three hours I used this system, with Wyse terminal, M/PM OS. Then "click click click..." This unit was rebranded and sold as part of a business system by a company called Sentinel, and they called the system the "Dimension Five" ... [ read more ]

Tektronix 4015-1 Graphics Terminal

by billdeg - 04/11/2017
Total messages in this thread: 2
Last Post: [ Cleaned Up Nicely! ] 05/06/2017
Teltronix 4015-1
Tektronix made some nice programable graphics terminals in the 1970's. I believe I have the correct controller card for this terminal in my DEC industrial/11, but I have to experiment with it. Click image for larger view.
More photos More to come...... [ read more ]

VCF South-East 2017 Apr 30-May 1 2017

by billdeg - 05/03/2017
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Last Post: [ pics look great !! ] 05/04/2017
David Larson and David Greelish smling for the camera at the Vintage Computer Festival South East brought to you by the Atlanta Historical Computing Society (AHCS) and hosted by the Computer History Museum of America, Roswell, GA. Click image for larger view.
A Binary Digital Logic Computer by exhibitor Jim B. Steiner. Click image for larger view.
Retro Japanese Computers — exhibitor Thomas Liebert Click image for large... [ read more ]

The Commodore 264 Series Video

by billdeg - 04/27/2017
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The Commodore 264 Series - C116, C16 and Plus/4 Computers Video: https://www.yo...ch?v=s7Jf402LDa0 The video has photos from this site of my C-116's motherboard, (~5:30).
Screen shot from my C-116 (upgraded RAM) running the Tutti Frutti game. Full color.
One other thing; the presenter's said he could not get his C-116 to display in color on his PAL monitor in the UK. The presenter must have had issues with his display or cables. The 116 video is identical to the other TED machines, maybe he had something wrong with his.... [ read more ]

Franken Amiga 2000HD

by billdeg - 04/18/2017
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Somewhere in there is an Amiga 2000. Click for larger view.
I was hoping to find everything I needed to make a complete stand-alone a2000 system but I did not quite have enough parts and cables on hand. So, I borrowed parts temporarily from other places to test the power supply, motherboard and the required minimum controllers to make this a SCSI "Amiga 2000HD" with 040 processor card (!) system. I put the main chassis, power supply A2000 main controller (whatever you call the controller near the power supply) and a SCSI HD controller as a set, on Ebay. More photos... [ read more ]

Lear Siegler ADM-3A GraFix Board

by billdeg - 04/14/2017
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Lear Siegler ADM-3A terminal with GraFix add-on board.
You can't tell from the outside, but this is a Lear Siegler ADM-3A terminal with GraFix add-on board installed. It also has a numeric keypad adapter cable that appears to have been cut off. The terminal has the typical screen rot bubbles of an ADM 3. .Click image for larger view.
Note the cables connecting from the main board to the GraFix board installed underneath. Click image for larger view.
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E.L. Instruments Trainers

by billdeg - 04/11/2017
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E.L. Instruments Elite 2 Circuit Design Test System
The E.L. Instruments Elite 2 Circuit Design Test System. Click image for larger view.
E.L. Instruments Digi Designer DD-1
E.L. Instruments Digi Designer DD-1. Click image for larger view.
More photos A not-quite-a-computer trainer that you often see pop up in auction sites, must have been popular once in schools, etc.... [ read more ]

Dell Dimension XPS 466V

by billdeg - 01/18/2016
Total messages in this thread: 9
Last Post: [ Replace Dead Motherboard ] 04/09/2017
Dell Dimension XPS 466V
The 1993 Dell Dimension XPS 466V was one of the nicer 486 gaming machines built before the Pentium era. Click for larger view.
This computer needs a real time clock battery (CMOS). Currently one has to run Setup for each cold boot. This system has two Caviar model 2340 341 Mb hard drives. I installed a 1.2Mb 5 1/4" disk drive for utility purposes and I may add a CD ROM in the remaining open slot below the 1.44Mb 3.5 inch disk dive in the middle bay. Dell Dimension 66 mHZ 486 CPU...<strong> <a href=[ read more ]

Vintage Computer Festival East 12

by billdeg - 04/07/2017
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Bill Degnan Appliance Computers Talk at the Vintage Computer Festival East 12, 2017
I was the Sunday Keynote speaker, my talk was titled, 1977: The year of the appliance computer
Event Photos 1977: The year of the appliance computer (Download PDF) The photos I took do not do justice to the actual exhibits and how they looked in person. First off they were all an amazing amount of work, classy, and great teams. All three mega exhibits were "best" in show as far I am concerned. We were talking about what we'll do next year with teams, never too early to start planning. I'd like to propose we try a vintage networking cluster, "pass the packet" or somethi... [ read more ]

VCFed Workshop Feb 2017

by billdeg - 02/15/2017
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Commodore PET 2001-8
I spent most of my time working on a sick PET 2001-8. The display board failed. Click for larger view.
Commodore PET 2001-8
Pic of the friend resistor. I replaced this component, but we did not have a TIP29 that I think was the reason the resistor fried. This resistor has been replaced before. Click for larger view.
Mac 400K drive repair [ read more ]

Build a bootable RSX11/M on RL02 disk

by billdeg - 02/06/2017
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Scan of my cover of the Digital pdp11 RSX-11M Beginner's Guide manual.
RSX-11M Manuals http://wwcm.syn...0Manuals.html This thread describes how one might use simH on a $9.95 Next Thing Co CHIP to make an RL02 image of RSX11/M V 4.0 BL 32 (BASELINE). I got the how-to via web search and clues from CCTECH and simH user group members interested in the project. My case - For my PDP 11/40 I have no working EIS option card. (Otherwise I'd be using UNIX 6.) I already have RT11 running but I wanted to try RSX11. I was told that RSX11/M v.4.0 BL 3.2 is the newest OS version compatible with my system. Distribution media disk images for RSX11/M can be found in RL01 format but not RL02, so I had to first build one RL01 boot disk using 4 RL01s and then port to RL02. [ read more ]
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