SWTPC 6800

Brad H vintagecomputer at bettercomputing.net
Thu Aug 4 09:33:49 CDT 2016

Thanks Jim!
Wish I could go but I'm up in BC and haven't renewed my passport in a couple of years.  One of these days for sure though.

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-------- Original message --------
From: jim stephens <jwsmail at jwsss.com> 
Date: 2016-08-03  11:54 PM  (GMT-08:00) 
To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts" <cctalk at classiccmp.org> 
Subject: Re: SWTPC 6800 

On 8/3/2016 10:58 PM, Brad H wrote:
> Thought I would post this here in case it reaches eyes my forum posts don't.  So I finally got my hands on a SWTPC 6800!
> This machine is chock full of boards.. 4 ram boards, the cpu card (with SWTBUG ROM), MP-S, MP-C serial cards, a floppy controller, some little custom board, a sound card.. etc.
> This presents some challenges obviously, since the machine has been altered from stock it could be tricky getting it running.
> Before I had it stripped down, I tried powering up as is (i pulled the older MP-C card and put MP-S in slot 1).  This produced little except for a string of random characters that would repeat every time I hit reset, exactly the same number.
> I tried stripping it down to CPU card, MP-S, and the RAM board designated as '0'.. but all I get at the terminal end is a single random character on power up.
> I then thought I'd try my luck putting the CPU card in my working MSI system (taking out its card).  Nope.
> Now, because my CPU card has been modified to accomodate SWTBUG and possibly something else, I'm not sure if it'll even work in a stripped down config.  Not sure about the interplay between boards.
> Anyway.. if anyone has any thoughts to point me in the right direction I'd be most appreciative.  Ultimately I'd like to get this beast working with my CT1024 terminals.
> Brad
I saw an SWTPC booth registered at VCF West, maybe you should drop by.  
I'll look in and see what they have and maybe they can help too.

Only SWTPC gizmo I have is one of their audio amplifiers somewhere in 
the pile.  Picked up at TRW Swap Meet.

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