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Hell of a DEC haul (WTB: VR201 or similar)

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:47 pm

Also gonna post this to Erik's VCF.

A couple months ago a lady made contact with me over her brother's estate and had two units full of "PDPs" -- she had no further data more than that, and just wanted to make sure that the useful bits went to a good home. I said sure, since it was in Pasadena and reasonably local to me.

Fast forward to today. There were two 9'x16' units stuffed to the gills: untold numbers of RK02s and packs, lots of Professional 380s, some VAXstations, line printers, you name it. Oddly not a lot of terminals, just a VT220 that was in really bad shape, and a VT100 that looked like it was salvageable. Oh, yeah, there were two 11/44s in there also. :)

We filled our UHaul to the brink and probably saved only about 10% of what was here; I am sorry to say that she needed the units clear, so the recyclers were already pulling up as we left. But this is what we salvaged, in unknown functional status:

- 11/44 with tape, appears to be a TU58. Unknown functional condition, but looks intact, and the cards were clean even though the case was a little grimy. Some of the tapes were on site and appeared intact.
- One RK02 and a crapload of disk packs. Between this and the 11/44, that was about 60% of the UHaul. There was no way we were getting two racks in there, which was sad. There was so much we had to leave behind.
- Three Professional 380s. All physically intact, just hideously dirty. Most have hard disks.
- Three Rainbow 100s (one of them was a plus). Same.
- Three VAXstation 100s. Same. All but one had lots of cable packs, too.
- An insanely heavy Kennedy drive, 71MB. Just for gits and shiggles, since it was huge and had the platters in a clear plexiglas enclosure. Very good shape. Might still work.
- Lots of 8" floppies, a couple LK201 keyboards, a really dirty LA50 printer, a VR260? monitor, the aforementioned possibly salvageable VT100, paper tape, supplies for the RK02.
- Finally, a DECmate II, floppy model only. This one I tested explicitly when I got home, since I love the PDP-8 architecture for sheer freaky insanity. It powers on, but I have no console for it (read on). Outside was grimy, but interior was absolutely immaculate and it looked like it had never been used.

These are now safely in my own, much more organized storage unit. I hope to try to get that 11/44 to power on when I get the power hookups for it in the near future, but the Pro380s and especially the DECmate I really want to get running now. I am told the Rainbows can take a serial terminal, but the DECmate II needs a proper console of a VR201 type or similar. We did not encounter one of these. Anyone got one?

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Re: Hell of a DEC haul (WTB: VR201 or similar)

Unread postby vishnu » Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:48 pm

Holy flurking smit! :shock:

Did she happen to say how or why her brother came by all these goodies-slash-heirlooms?
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Re: Hell of a DEC haul (WTB: VR201 or similar)

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:59 am

He worked for Caltech and I guess he got most of their surplus. About 75% of the stuff I hauled off has Caltech stamps or asset tags on them.
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Re: Hell of a DEC haul (WTB: VR201 or similar)

Unread postby commodorejohn » Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:16 am

That's just glorious, man. Reading up on the VAXStation 100s, I'm intrigued - were they X terminals, or some proprietary DEC standard?
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Re: Hell of a DEC haul (WTB: VR201 or similar)

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:13 pm

It's early DECwindows, but more than that I don't know. It connects over Unibus. The VAXstations came with all the needed cabling, and I have some LK201 keyboards, but I don't remember seeing any matching monitors. In retrospect they will not be too useful if I don't wind up with a VAX, so I might jettison some or all of these.

Like I said, he kept lots of computers, but relatively few monitors and terminals. That's why I really want the VR201.
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:Indy: indy, 150MHz R4400SC, 256MB RAM, XL24, 6.5.10
:Indigo2IMP: purplehaze, 175MHz R10000, Solid IMPACT
probably posted from Image bruce, Quad 2.5GHz PowerPC 970MP, 16GB RAM, Mac OS X 10.4.11
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Re: Hell of a DEC haul (WTB: VR201 or similar)

Unread postby smj » Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:17 pm

VAXstation 100s with cabinet kits?? Wow... Never saw one in person, but could see funky TTY entries for them on the VAXen at university. They were a Motorola 68000-based display terminal that used a UNIBUS card to interface with the host VAX. They pre-dated X Windows, and though they were used (among other devices) to develop it they weren't supported past X10.

Gonna be tough to check those out without a UNIBUS VAX. Heck, even with one I'd wonder about the software - looks like VMS support ended with 4.x. (cf. this posting). Could link one to my VAX-11/730 and try for the title of Slowest X Terminal Ever. Or given some of the obscure and underpowered x86-based terminals that appeared and (thankfully) faded, invent a new index for Speed vs. Electricity Consumption...
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Re: Hell of a DEC haul (WTB: VR201 or similar)

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:21 pm

Well, if you want one, I'd be happy to give you one and see what yours does with it. Like I say, looking over what we were able to take, it won't be too handy to me. I do make monthly runs to Sacramento, so maybe we could meet up.
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:Indy: indy, 150MHz R4400SC, 256MB RAM, XL24, 6.5.10
:Indigo2IMP: purplehaze, 175MHz R10000, Solid IMPACT
probably posted from Image bruce, Quad 2.5GHz PowerPC 970MP, 16GB RAM, Mac OS X 10.4.11
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Re: Hell of a DEC haul (WTB: VR201 or similar)

Unread postby smj » Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:18 pm

Thanks, but the 11/730 is buried deep in storage, and in all honesty the odds of me doing anything productive with it are low. I can save one from being scrapped if it comes to that, but if there's anybody more inclined to fiddle with it please give them priority.
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Re: Hell of a DEC haul (WTB: VR201 or similar)

Unread postby ScutBoy » Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:49 am

ClassicHasClass wrote:We filled our UHaul to the brink and probably saved only about 10% of what was here; I am sorry to say that she needed the units clear, so the recyclers were already pulling up as we left.



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