HP1000/A600 Help and docs and sw needed!
hachti at hachti.de
Wed Feb 13 18:13:00 CST 2008
I have a HP1000/A600 machine sitting here at my place. And no clue where
to start using it.
I have the following stuff:
- A600CPU, containing:
* 2 serial interfaces (12005/...10)
* 1 sandwich "32 channel MUX/12 bit ADC"
* parallel port
* HPIB interface
* some other serial MUXes
- 7908 HPIB Tape cartridge/Disk combination
- 9133 HPIB 3,5" Floppy (with disk inside as well??)
- 3292A serial Terminal (newer)
- 2648A serial Terminal (older)
- 12966-60008 serial cable for the terminal (is that right?)
- 7978 HPIB 9-Track 1/2" tape drive
- 7958B HPIB disk drive
- HP6000 670H HPIB disk drive
- A LOT of software manuals but no hardware manual.
I have already found the only document at hp.com that told me something
about select codes, switch settings etc. But nothing about cable pinouts
I tried my 2648 terminal with the cable, without success. Perhaps my
terminal is broken or - what I think - the cable pinout is incompatible
to the "new" A600.
What should I do with all that stuff? I will have to decide what to do
with my HP stuff, because I need to reassign my collection's priorities
with respect to the LAB 8/e that will drop in next week. If I don't have
any fun with the stuff, it will go to eBay/scrapyard (the latter is
where I got most of it).
Who knows how to make a serial cable?
Who has software for me?
Who knows how to get software from my PC/Sparc (short: modern world)
into the HP gear?
Who has docs? Bitsavers seems to have nothing about the A series.
I powered up the CPU. Depending on the switch settings, the diagnostic
LEDs say "bootloader running" or "VCP running". So the system should be
in a somewhat usable state. Further when I remove the first serial card
(which is in nearly factory settings, including VCP break enabled), the
diagnostic LEDs tell me about some error. So I hope that the system
already talks to the right port.
I also powered up the 7906 tape/disk cobination. It makes some funny
sounds and after a while, it shows me a "P" on its little LED display in
the back. Some HP manual told me that this is a good sign, "P" for "passed".
Also I have been told that there is an installed RTE on the disk. But I
have no GPIB cable yet. And the GPIB connector looks rather different
than on my HP1000/E (for which I have a cable).
Thank you for every kind of information, I am excitedly looking forward
Best wishes from Alfeld/Germany,
P.S.: I also have two HP1000/E machines and a lot of cards sitting
around here. Perhaps I could hook the disks up to them? I never did
anything useful with them - except hooking up a terminal and entering
4-word test programs via front panel (which worked).
Any other ideas what to do with these machines?
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