New to the List -- Criteria for Being Salvageable? -- Query
captainkirk359 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 7 20:33:09 CST 2011
Hello fellow classic computer enthusiasts. I'm quite new to the list,
but an avid fan of all things "retro" computerwise. Though, at present
I don't have anything that could be described as a "classic" system
beyond a KSR-33 teletype made by Leigh up here in Canada sometime
during the 60s or 70s.
Now, on to what the main thing I wanted to discuss...
I'm a student at Brock University in southern Ontario, and I've
noticed that the faculty of computer science has a small collection of
quite vintage machines; from what I remember there's a "classic"
PDP-8, a PDP-8/L and an HP2116 I think. They also have a nice ASR-33
teletype in the collection, as well as various other tidbits.
So, my question is what would the criteria be to be able to make those
systems capable of being run once more? From a cursory visual
inspection, the PDP-8 appears to be complete, FLIP-CHIP wise, the
PDP-8/L is enclosed but dusty, and I think the HP - which is open -
has a pretty nice loadout of cards. So going by modules I would say
all the hardware is there (save power supplies?), so what would be
needed to bring up one of those systems?
And more importantly, would any one be interested in signing (an
online) petition to the BrockU CS Faculty to convince them to try and
restore one of their minis and their terminal back into a functional
And as a final query, I have no idea if this could be considered off
topic or not, but are there any DEC enthusiasts in southern Ontario?
(And any who are willing to part with a PDP-11 or OMNIBUS based
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