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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby itsvince725 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:19 pm

Yeah, that's why I'm just going to get a SCSI controller for it...it's a lot easier to use something like a SCSI2SD with a controller card than trying to find a working ESDI drive.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby vishnu » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:41 pm

itsvince725 wrote:I've got two main obstacles with mine...one much bigger than the other.

For starters, I've got no hard disk. That's kind of a major issue.


I've got the hard disk that came with mine originally, it's tiny but you can have it if you want it. It's probably fine, it's been in temperature and humidity controlled storage for more than 20 years.

itsvince725 wrote:Less importantly, the VGA connector on the PS/2 has a pin blanked off and I don't have any VGA monitors with that pin missing from their connector...


Nothing an hour with a soldering iron some heat shrink and a hot air gun couldn't solve! :P
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby guardian452 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:46 pm

Or 5 seconds with pliers... :twisted:

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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby Irinikus » Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:15 pm

itsvince725 wrote:How ya gonna do it? Well, you're gonna PS/2 it! The solution is IBM!

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Very cool!

How do you source all of this cool stuff? (Every second day you're posting something new on this forum! It's very nice to see! :D)
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby itsvince725 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:08 pm

Believe me, I go long periods without finding anything at all! I just happened to get lucky finding this...
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby Irinikus » Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:22 pm

itsvince725 wrote:Believe me, I go long periods without finding anything at all! I just happened to get lucky finding this...


You've managed to collect some really nice systems!

I have a similar problem to you concerning the hard drive for your system. My Olivetti M280 needs a drive and it's the same kind of drive, it's an ESDI drive with the edge connector. (I would like to keep the system original, so one day I'm going to have to source one)
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby itsvince725 » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:30 am

The main problem with those ESDI drives is that they have capacitors on the drive controller board that go bad. The same thing is the culprit behind PS/2 floppy drive failures.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby vishnu » Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:50 pm

itsvince725 wrote:The main problem with those ESDI drives is that they have capacitors on the drive controller board that go bad. The same thing is the culprit behind PS/2 floppy drive failures.

I dunno, it doesn't look bad... 8-)
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby itsvince725 » Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:37 pm

Ah, they were smart and didn't use the leaky SMD cans! It's those that cause all the problems.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby vishnu » Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:13 pm

It didn't get used much, I replaced it with a bigger disk right after I bought it...
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby jpstewart » Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:58 pm

I recently received a DECstation 5000/125. Fortunately it came complete with an LK401 keyboard and the proprietary little breakout cable to connect it. No mouse or other cables, but I already had a suitable VSXXX-AA mouse and a 3W3-to-BNC monitor cable. I plugged that in to a BNC-to-VGA converter and then to my trusty old Samsung LCD, and surprisingly it's all working!

When I first plugged it in and turned it on, I didn't think anything happened. Then I realized all the fans were indeed spinning and moving air. It's just a very quiet machine. The included RZ25 hard disk hadn't spun up, but given the age of the machine I hadn't expected it to work. Just to see what would happen, I typed in a suitable boot command on the console and then the hard drive spun up! It was just jumpered to wait for a SCSI command before spinning up. I'm shocked that the 25 year old drive still works, but it does! It boots to Ultrix 4.2 that's been customized/modified as part of a Teradyne hardware test system.

The on-board battery is dead (unsurprisingly), the on-board diagnostics report a problem with the FPU, and the network interface doesn't seem to work (according to both the diagnostics and my quick tests so far). But other than that, it's a fascinating and functioning TURBOchannel machine to add to my collection.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby pentium » Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:46 pm

I just paid $422 for a car phone.
A goddamn car phone....in 2018. My wallet hates me right now.

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I now feel obliged to post this as a means to feel like I'm in 1997.

You know, I would of kinda liked if if it was a bit cheaper but.....This is the cheapest I've seen on ebay for two years now. Even in 2011 they were still $250 used. The yacht and luxury car folks looking to upgrade from their original analog phones love them and around here at least they are an exemption under the distracted driving legislation.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby Shiunbird » Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:10 am

pentium wrote:I just paid $422 for a car phone.
A goddamn car phone....in 2018. My wallet hates me right now.


But... why?
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby pentium » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:32 am

My car is fitted with CB, minidisc, CD and satellite radio but no telephone options. ;)

Now I wonder if I can fit a fax machine under the passenger seat.....
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:50 am

Bought another hue lamp so that I can put the foyer under central control (using huepl, natch). That brings the total number of Philips hue devices in this house to 11.
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