Subject: Re: Free MVME-147SA for pick-up in San Francisco
To: None <>
From: Jason Thorpe <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 07/09/2004 22:33:20
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On Jul 5, 2004, at 8:40 PM, Jason Thorpe wrote:

> Folks...
> I have an MVME-147SA system available for free for pick-up in San 
> Francisco.  This system was working and running NetBSD/mvme68k in a 
> diskless configuration the last time I turned it on (about 6 years 
> ago).  The system board is installed in a Motorola VME card cage with 
> a transition module on the back (providing serial and Ethernet) and 2 
> removable SCSI disk carriers.
> There are some extra goodies included with this system, so pay close 
> attention:

Ok, I'm going to up the ante.  I've found a few more goodies in the 
process of garage-cleaning that go with this little give-away:

- MicroMemory MM-6230 VME memory board.  I have no idea how large this 
memory board is, so don't ask :-)

- Tadpole TP34V VME single-board computer.  Features:
	- 68030 CPU
	- Socket for math co-processor (I might have one of these in a bin
	  in the attic)
	- 2 NCR 53c710 SCSI controllers (connectors are on the front edge
	  of the VME card)
	- Intel 82596 Ethernet (AUI connector on the front edge of the VME
	- 3 MC2681 serial controllers (is this 3 or 6 ports?  I can't 
	- Not sure how much memory is on-board ... probably 16MB or 32MB
	- Currently has a VxWorks 5.1 ROM installed.  You might be able to find
	  another firmware for it, or you might be able to use the VxWorks ROM.

Note, NetBSD does not currently run on the TP34V.  However, a Google 
search for "TP34V + Linux" turns up at least one port of Linux:

Also, I do NOT have a transition module for the TP34V, so you'll have 
to be creative in order to use the serial ports.

Again, this is all free for pick-up in San Francisco, and I REALLY do 
not want to send this stuff to the crusher to have the metals 

> - Ciprico RF3400 disk controller.  I believe this is an ESDI 
> controller.  I do NOT have programming info for this controller.  I 
> do, however, have a programming manual for a Ciprico RF3510 SCSI 
> controller, which I will include (possibly useless, but what the 
> heck).
> - Ciprico TM3000 9-track tape controller.  I have the programming 
> manual for this.  It works with any Pertec-compatible 9-track tape 
> drive.
>'s the gem:
> - Pertec "portable" 9-track tape drive.  I don't know the specific 
> model number -- it's hidden somewhere under the plastic housing, no 
> doubt.  I *believe* this drive is capable of reading the 3 common 
> 9-track tape densities (though to be honest, I can't even remember 
> what those are anymore).  Here are some photos:
> ...and here's the reason I have the Pertec in the first place:
> - UNIX 32V Time-Sharing System, Version 1.0 on 800bpi 9-track tape.  I 
> don't know if this tape is still readable, but I have kept it hidden 
> away in a box, protected from heat, cold, and light for about 10 years 
> now.  Here are some photos of the tape:
> Now, for the terms and conditions:
> - I will NOT ship this stuff.  The tape drive is especially heavy (if 
> I had to guess, I'd say it's 200lbs).
> - If you take all the pieces, AND you write a complete driver for the 
> TM3000, I will buy you a suitable quantity (e.g. 12-pack of a micro, 
> half-dozen if you want some Belgian corked bottles) of quality beer.  
> If you also manage to read the contents of the 32V tape, I will also 
> buy you a nice bottle (or two) of wine.
> - There is a dead line.  This stuff is going to the crusher to have 
> the metals reclaimed on July 17.
> - If you don't have a car large enough to haul this stuff away, I 
> might be able to deliver it to a destination in the San Francisco Bay 
> Area, if I can arrange help loading the tape drive into my VW Bus 
> (yes, it really is that heavy).
> I would really prefer NOT to have to crush the MVME-147 - it still 
> works, and is a fine little NetBSD system.  But I need it out of my 
> garage so I can make progress on a home improvement project.  So, 
> someone please come and rescue it.
> I'll probably not throw away the 32V tape whatever happens to the 
> stuff.  But without the tape drive, the tape is pretty useless, and 
> there aren't too many 9-track tape drives around anymore.  So here's 
> your chance to grab a little bit of computing history... don't miss 
> out!
>         -- Jason R. Thorpe <>
         -- Jason R. Thorpe <>

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