Subject: Re: Free hardware in Pittsburgh...
To: Matthew Orgass <email@example.com>
From: Lord Isildur <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 08/26/2004 13:33:37
hmm, i have plenty of pmax gear myself already, but if you're in
Pittsburgh, you should definitely come to the sixth annual VAX party,
which will be held sometime in the fall, october/november sometime..
are you at either of the universities by any chance?
On Fri, 20 Aug 2004, Matthew Orgass wrote:
> I have some hardware in Pittsburgh that I would like to get rid of ASAP.
> I had hoped to be able to put this stuff to good use but have run out of
> time and space. I will keep them at least another week, but if they are
> not spoken for by then I will likely take them over to High Tech Scrap.
> I can keep stuff longer for actual pickup if necessary. A few of the
> smaller items could be shipped, but most would need to be picked up.
> The thing I would most like to see find a good home is not actually a
> pmax but a Tektronix 4107A vector graphics terminal. It has a keyboard,
> however many keys are not working. The terminal has a small back plastic
> panel missing exposing what looks like ROMs but otherwise seems to be in
> good condition.
> I have two chips that look like ROMs labeled 23-075E8-00 and
> 23-076E8-00. I don't know if this is for the terminal or the DECstations
> or something else.
> I have two DECstation 3100 (one listed as 3100S) plus a case motherboard
> and power supply that has otherwise been used as parts for the other two
> (power supply seems to work, don't know about the motherboard). The two
> "working" 3100s I have not actually been able to verify work, as I do not
> have a monitor and have unable to get a response with a H8571-A connected
> by means of a phone cable cut to fit (I verified all six contacts go
> through). With one of the systems I tried several combinations of cables
> connected to the H8571-A and verified that everyting before this connector
> worked with my maxine (though I don't know if I got the flow control
> completely right). I had removed the display memory card in the 3100 and
> installed a mouse terminator. I also tried the other system, however that
> time I didn't verify that everything before the final connector otherwise
> worked. I only have one such connector. In both cases the lights in the
> back went ond after a while all turned off. For the second system I
> noticed that the lights blinked again (and again all went off) maybe 30
> seconds or a minute after they went off the first time. I don't remember
> seeing this with the first system I tested, but I could easily have not
> been looking when they did this. With the first system I tested I also
> tried inserting video memory and a keyboard and entering an initialization
> sequence I saw on an old message to this list, which did not seem to have
> any effect. If someone has any ideas I can try a few more things to see
> if they can be made to work with serial console.
> I also have for the DS3100:
> 4 keyboards
> 2 or 3 mice
> 2 mouse terminators
> 4 AUI terminators
> 3 SCSI terminators for the back of the case
> 1 display cable
> 2 VFB01 video memory cards
> 3 VFB02
> Assorted external and internal SCSI cables
> I have several SCSI drives of variuos ages, including four large
> (physically :) ) drives (three I think are DEC drives, one is definately a
> seagate drive) and three or four smaller drives. I don't remember the
> capacities of any of the drives, although at least one of the smaller ones
> may be 1GB. There are four external drive cases (narrower and somewhat
> taller than the system units) three of which currently contain the likely
> DEC drives and one seems to be empty (presumably intended for the
> seagate). Even without the drive these cases are quite heavy.
> Not DEC equipment but presumably usable with a DECstation, I have two IBM
> SCSI tape drives and 8-10 tapes (I don't recall what kind or what capacity
> but can check for anyone potentially interested) and two IBM SCSI CD-ROM
> drives (1x, I think).
> I am keeping my maxine :), but I have found the perfect floppy drive
> replacement (a SCSI PCMCIA card reader) and have a floppy drive available
> (this is the unsupported variety).
> Not pmax related at all but worth a brief mention just in case anyone here
> is interested: I have some old i386 equipment, the oldest being an i386-25
> motherboard with no coprocessor but most being pentium/ISA era stuff.
> Matthew Orgass