Front Panels - Thoughts

rod rodsmallwood52 at
Sun Nov 1 01:27:44 CST 2015

Yes much as I thought. What about S100 systems?
Many did have lamps and switches but I can think of a couple that didn't .
Northstar Horizon for one and Cromenco also.

On 31/10/15 21:36, tony duell wrote:
>> Hi Tony
>>              I seem to remember, certainly in OEM land there were dev.
>> systems with front panels and production systems without.
>> In other words  the front panel was option and could be fitted.
> Sure. The PDP8/f and PDP8/m are the well-known example. Many of the
> Philips P800s had optional full panels too (fortunately the ones I own
> do have the full panels). And there must be many more
> But I still claim it is difficult to add a panel to a machine that was never
> designed to have one. In the case of machines with optional full
> frontpanels the machine was designed to take a frontpanel and either
> to also run without it or there was some minimal panel (boot/reset/not
> much else) that provided enough logic that the processor didn't realise
> it didn't have the full panel (if you see what I mean).
> -tony

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