julesrichardsonuk at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Dec 19 13:51:34 CST 2005
> Jules Richardson wrote:
>> Ahh, that's earlier than our Marconi TAC then (1963 IIRC, although
>> designed in the late 50's).
>> Not sure what we have that's earlier and qualifies. The Elliott 803 is
>> late 1950's (1958 I think) but has a core fault so doesn't count as
>> working until someone finds the time to fix it! It's probably the
>> earliest complete machine that we have though; prior to that we just
>> have small bits of some of the earlier famous* machines.
> That may be easyer to fix than modern core memory , since I belive
> modern core uses IC drivers and IC sense amps no longer made.
Yep. We've actually got one (possibly two) spare core stacks for the machine
too if there's something *really* toasted about the one in the machine (I
can't remember the nature of the fault myself now). The guy who looks after it
was a trained Elliott engineer, so I don't expect it'd be a complicated repair
either - it's just time consuming and there are always a million other things
to be done!
Would be nice to have it running again though. I only realised at the weekend
that there's a massive lighting strip built into the back of the control desk
- quite why you'd want to run it in an otherwise dark room I don't know!
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