Tu10 pdp11

Johnny Billquist bqt at update.uu.se
Sat Sep 5 11:21:26 CDT 2015

On 2015-09-05 18:00, william degnan wrote:
> Were common, but are there a lot in use today?  I am going to take some
> photos, share with whomever is interested.  The plan is to clean
> thoroughly, move into the basement and work to restore.

I would say they are rather uncommon today. We're basically talking 
about a 40 year old tape drive with vacuum colons. Many things that age 
badly, not to mention lots were tossed when they became unfashionable.
And vacuum colon drives do require a bit more time and understanding to 
work on in the first place.

I have a TU10 at home, connected to my PDP8, but I doubt the drive is 
working anymore. I haven't powered it on in over 10 years...


> On Sat, Sep 5, 2015 at 11:47 AM, Al Kossow <aek at bitsavers.org> wrote:
>> On 9/5/15 8:46 AM, Al Kossow wrote:
>>> On 9/5/15 8:40 AM, william degnan wrote:
>>>> I surprisingly found little
>>>> commentary or threads about the TU10 / TM11,  other than DEC docs.  I
>>>> guess
>>>> these are not super common
>>> They were common. I worked on a bunch of them. Expect the vacuum sensors
>>> to be bad
>>> in the columns. I think Guy still has a couple of them.
>>> Honk!!
>>> If you've ever loaded a tape on one, you know what that means!
>> And the basic tape transport was reused in the TE-16

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