Anyone collect Dec/Compaq Alphaservers or VAXen?
Steven M Jones
classiccmp at crash.com
Sun Sep 30 13:50:11 CDT 2007
Dan Snyder wrote:
> Enough for now, let me and/or the group what you have. Maybe we can form some sort of
> list for contact and advice or maybe part swapping.
I want to thank you for sending out this request, Dan. Because having
written this out I now realize what a sick, sick man I am. ;^) This
isn't quite all the DEC stuff I have, and this doesn't even touch on the
DG, SGI, Sun, and other gear. What the hell am I doing with all this
There are a few LSI-11's, which I might as well mention. I've got a
VT103 (integrated 4-slot Qbus) with a big tabletop storage box - 8" HDD
and QIC24 tape. There's my trusty PDT-11/150, which come to think of it
was probably my first retrocomputing acquisition back in 1988. A full
MicroPDP-11/73 boardset that I bought with a BA123, and numerous Qbus cards.
Oh yeah, there's a functioning Pro-350, and an untested
VAXconsole/Pro-380. And the pdp-11/44 with RA60 that I picked up for
somebody who never collected it. And there's that big triple-Qbus
backplane rackmount box, in which I figured I could build up a couple of
these J-11 and LSI-11/2 boardsets. A questionable RX02 subsystem came
I've got a couple of whole VAXen: 11/730, uVAX 2000, 3400, 4000/500, and
VS3100m38. Ah, well, except I junked the 730's failing R80 -- it was
1990, I was young and foolish and didn't think about running out of
UNIBUS slots... At least one full KA655 boardset (CPU+RAM+KFQSA) to
upgrade the 3400 or go in the BA123. A KA690 to go in the 4000. Oh, and
an InfoServer 150, which is a CVAX in sheep's clothing.
Should I include the DECstation 5000/200, DS5000/240 and the DS5000/260?
There's a DS3100 that accrued somewhere in there too.
And finally the Alphas. A DECstation 3000/300LX, the model I used to
build firewalls out of back in 1995. An AlphaStation 1200 that I hadn't
been able to get to POST. A MicroWay 4U 600MHz 21164 of some
description. A PC164LX board with CPU and RAM that I hadn't built up.
One big beautiful AlphaServer 4000 who's config I don't recall, in the
original blue pedestal packaging. And one bare AS4100 SBB with (I think)
4 x 533 MHz CPUs that I meant to swap into the pedestal, as I'd rather
have the two additional CPUs than the extra I/O backplane of the 4000.
Oh, and a PWS 500au kicking around somewhere.
What would I still like to have at some point? I'd still like to get a
21264 SMP system, preferably with CPUs of 1GHz or so. An ES45 would be
fine for this, but the prices have a way to go before that will happen.
Maybe that'll give me time to figure out a good way to overlay the
Compaq logo with Digital...
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