Subject: RE: heck, are 11/785s extinct?
To: 'Gunther Schadow' <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Carlini, Antonio <Antonio.Carlini@riverstonenet.com>
Date: 07/25/2001 14:04:23
>more to the point :-). I had very little feedback. One from one
There may not be many 11/78x machines in hobbyist hands.
There may not be too many corporations subscribed to
this list :-)
It took me many years (admittedly in the UK) before
I came across a uPDP-11. I've never seen a Robin (hint,hint...).
You need to be patient. In my experience, the docs and
hardware will come along at different times - never
turn down an incomplete package (I'm preaching to
the converted here since you have the innards
How many VAX-11/78x machines were produced?
These days you expect that thousands of any machine would
be sold (except maybe the specialised supercomputers).
I believe that for the VAX 9000 series, only 400-500 made
it out of the door. The same order of magnitude may well
be true for the VAX-11/78x systems.
How long have people been collecting such
large machines? I don't have the room -
I could not realistically find room for a VAX 4000
right now, never mind anything bigger!
>9 months ago :-). However, I have indication that my 11/785 boards
>won't work on the 11/780 backplane. So, I'm still desperately
>looking for a 11/785. I would be a lot more patient if I saw those
I don't know anything about the 11/780 => 11/785
upgrade but I would be surprised if the backplane
had to be replaced.
>in the first place. Where are they?
They may all be in dealers wharehouses and defence
sites and nuclear power stations. I did hear of three
being decommissioned in the UK a few years ago
but that's about it.
>get some leads to follow. The underlying assumption being that
>there is one 11/785 recycled as scrapmetal every month that I don't
I suspect the underlying assumption is just that
there are not that many of the beasts still around.
I guess by the time I have the room for one of
these, there won't be any left!