jacob.ritorto at gmail.com
Wed Aug 26 08:00:28 CDT 2015
Ah, I knew that sounded familiar. I have a pretty sizable stack of what
appear to be original nine-track tapes with their pdp11 software on them in
my collection. Any interest? I could try to get my tu-10 going again to
image them, but might need some help
On Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 3:12 AM, Holm Tiffe <holm at freibergnet.de> wrote:
> Holm Tiffe wrote:
> > In the nineties I've workes as electronican and system administrator at
> > institue of geophyics at our local University of Mining and Technology
> > in Freiberg Germany.
> > Some day I've got a call from Motorola in Munich, they wanted to get rid
> > some old computers and asked if we had some use for them, I've sayed yes.
> > As far as I know we got 3 Computers, one was an 68000 Unix system from
> > philips, some kind of Microcomputer development system for 8080 or 8085,
> > I've got the system running but since there wasn't much software on the
> > disk we had not much use for this thing. The disk was alsready dying and
> > lived not that long.
> > The next thing was a desktop VME System from Motorola, IMHO equipped with
> > an 68010, some MMUs, an color Monitor ad Harddisk and Floppy.. it run
> > kind of VDOS (or so) .. or VME-DOS or soemthing.., I remember that we
> had some
> > documentiation for it and I've reinstalled that VDOS.. but not much use
> > that thing also.
> > The 3rd Computer was the most interestng one. That thing was labeled
> > "Applikon Workstation" (as far as I remember, may be Applicon..).
> > That was some kind of a microvax made by Schlumberger.
> > It had an CPU that sat in a QBUS Backplane and a QBUS to UNIBUS Bridge.
> > The CPU was only a double sized board (!), an Emulex UC07 conected the
> > to the machine and so far as I remember there was some kind of graphics
> > board on the unibus side. I've repaired the CPU Board by changing the
> > RSA232 Drivers for the console and the beast came to live. I've fiddeled
> > around with the TK50 Tapes containing VMS4.6 (if my memory not fails) but
> > could'nt get warm with VMS... Installed NetBSD and failed.
> > NetBSD was'nt booting from the SCSI Drives with the Emulex, someone sent
> > me an UDA50 and I was able to install and boot NetBSD, but had to key in
> > the loader at the chevron every time I had to boot..
> > I've sent the Emulex to Ragge for diagnostics and never got it back.
> > The Machine ran for years as ftp server at the institute until I've
> > the plug. Have never seen a picture from that graphics board.
> > I've leaved the University in 1989, the machine sat on the garret of the
> > building to this time, I'm pretty sure it's long gone...
> > Now I'm fiddeling with VAXen again and that old thing came to mind,
> > with google but could'nt find a machine like this, not even a Microvax
> > a only doubles sized CPU Board like an KDF-11.
> > The question now is...is someone knowing of a beast like this?
> > Regards,
> > Holm
> Hmm...my old memory is fading... it was a pretty much standard KA630-AA CPU
> in that machine, I've found my original mailing from 9/1995 in the archive:
> Technik Service u. Handel Tiffe, www.tsht.de, Holm Tiffe,
> Freiberger Straße 42, 09600 Oberschöna, USt-Id: DE253710583
> www.tsht.de, info at tsht.de, Fax +49 3731 74200, Mobil: 0172 8790 741
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