Kiel PDP-10 [was RE: pdp8/e frontpanel lamps]
ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Mon Oct 26 14:22:18 CDT 2009
> > If it were in the hands of someone who actually carecd about it,
> could it be
> > made to run?
> The "never run again" comes from the DEC service engineer. He told the
> Kiel official people (and me) that it would be possible (if the docs and
> cables etc. were still there, of course) to get the system back to work.
> But for that he would need at least one year of work (3 month to move
> the system from one building to another, with 4 people!!). He is sure
> that nobody else would be able to get it running. And he is not
Sounds like he needs educating into the behaviour of classic computer
Put it this way, if I was nearer, I'd be inclined to try to accept that
as a challenge. It would take me more than a year, sure. I would spend a
lot of time reading documentation for a machine I've never worked on
before, sure. But even if I say so myself, I am _darn sure_ I'd get it
going in the end. And the same applies to a dozen other people I know.
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