Craziest ebay price EVER

Tony Duell ard at
Thu Oct 26 18:19:03 CDT 2006

>     Maybe in a hundred years... when they are actual antiques.  I know
> the feeling, though.  I've got an old Monroe (Litton) OC-8820, possibly
> the finest CP/M machine ever made in one package.  I saw one on eBay,

I am not sure what you mean by 'in one package'. I personally think the 
Epson QX10 is one of the nicest CP/M machines ever, but that has a 
separate monitor and keyboard so it might not be 'one package'.

I'm also partial to the RML380Z, but mainly becasue that was the first 
CP/M machine I used )at school).. And to be honest, CP/M was a let-down 
after the LDOS I used at home on my TRS-80 Model 1.


>     Oh, by the way...  This is my first post.  (Just throw roses...)

Welcome to the list!

> I'm an oldie, and feeling at home already.  Besides modern stuff, most

> don't have all that much space.  I'm a true expert in CP/M, and 8080 and
I would be careful about saying things like that here. There are some 
very knowledgable people here (I am not one of them), and it's worth 
being very sure of your facts before starting a flamewar.

> 6809 assembly language.  Am currently looking for a repair manual for
> the Monroe, as it has crapped out.  I have *** ALL  *** the software for

Produce your own repair manual. I've done it (but not for that machine). 
It's not that hard to trace out schematics of a classic computer [1], 
it's then not too hard to interpret what they mean and what should be 

In any case, you might not need a schematic. What does 'crapped out' 
mean? Have you checked the power supply outputs (at least the 5V line 
should be easy to find)? Is there a clock signal at the CPU? Are the 
buses doning anything? What about address lines on the DRAMs, 

> it, both CP/M and that oddball Monroe Op/Sys.
>     At the risk of being branded a heretic with my first post, I have to
> say I'm a fan of the 2.8 megabyte DSL I have now, compared with the 110
> baud Teletype 33 KSR I first used...  In computers more than any other
> field, time improves the process.  On the down side, I was secure in
> that NOBODY knew any MORE than I did about an 8080 machine with CP/M.
> There were quite a few people who knew AS MUCH, but nobody knew more.
> It's not like that any more -- it's WAY more complicated, by several

This is one reason I stick to the older machines. I understand them. I 
know what every last chip a PERQ CPU does. I can see the connections, hang
my 'scope and logic analyser on them and sort it out.

> orders of magnitude.  Gone are the days when you can just whip up your
> own O/S for a computer you designed and built, and have it compete.  At

Why? Nobody's stoping you using old chips, surely?

> any rate, I'm glad to be here.


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