Major SX-64 acquisition (and some other stuff)
chenmel at earthlink.net
Fri Jul 29 21:30:28 CDT 2005
Today at work what I was really hoping to happen did happen.
I was given three working Commodore SX-64 machines. We are in the
process of consolidating to fit the lab into a smaller space and they're
throwing away tons of stuff.
There is a fourth SX-64 still in occasional use, and I was able to get
these machines by promising that if the one at work fails I will bring
in one of these to use in it's place. So I have all three machines, but
they're essentially 'non-transferrable' until we come up with a
replacement for the one on a fixture. Which will probably happen
eventually (and then I'll probably get a fourth SX-64.)
I also got a whole pile of mid-years DOS clone machines and misc. The
three most interesting machines are
1. An 'Expansion Box' chassis, i.e. a passive backplane with a card in
it and a card with a wide cable on it, meant to plug into another
chassis that has the CPU.
2. An old Wyse 386 machine that has a fairly curious construction. The
CPU is on a card plugged into a 'passive' backplane, and the Hard Drive
controller plugs in planar to the backplane. The HD controller appears
to be a fairly standard 'AT' type controller. This machine also has no
'standard' PC-type keyboard connector. There's a snap in connector
similar to a telephone connector, and on the same bracket area, a 9 pin
connector. There's a VGA ISA card plugged into the system, but is it
possible the machine would work with a serial console? The 'CPU' cards
plugged into the backplane are complex, with a bridge connecting two of
them on the opposite side, parallel to the backplane connectors.
3. (probably least interesting) An ALR 386 system. The big classic
'full AT' case and motherboard. The CPU is a 386DX-16 and it also has
the '387 coprocessor.
Anyhow, I consider it all a fairly good 'score' though the SX-64's
greatly eclipse all the PeeCee boxes.
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