ASCI u68 (SystemX)
unclefalter at yahoo.ca
Fri Oct 16 13:27:49 CDT 2015
Many thanks. I'll take a quick look online just to see if I can save you the trouble. I'm surprised at how little documentation there is for this thing.
As a general rule, does anyone know -- if you have a single board computer like this with serial connector, is that 'live' all the time? Or do you usually have to invoke a program in order for a terminal to connect to it and use it?
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Subject: Re: ASCI u68 (SystemX)
The Heathkit ET-3400 (another SBC trainer) also used the M6800 CPU. Now I realize that the two machines probably have fairly different ROMs, but otherwise some of the 3400 materials / programs should cross-over to the u68. It might even simply be a matter of translating ROM calls..
Anyway, I have a full set of docs for the ET-3400. If you're interested, I can find a way to get a copy to you.
On Fri, Oct 16, 2015 at 11:16 AM, Brad <unclefalter at yahoo.ca> wrote:
> Hey guys,
> Posting this to various forums in the hopes of finding someone in the
> I have this ASCI u68 system (6800 cpu) that I understand was used in
> educational environments. I kind of have it running but know little
> about assembly language programming, etc. Or the unit itself. Have
> any of you ever messed with these? It looks like it has a serial
> connector on its mainboard.. was trying to figure out a way if I could
> patch it to one of my terminals.
> Also trying to find some simple 6800 assembly programs/routines to
> test it and see if it really works properly. There is an MC6821S chip
> on it (there are three of them actually) and one in the middle is
> marked 'BAD'. I understand those handle peripherals.
> I'd also heard rumours there was a second board available for these
> that gave them BASIC. I've never seen such a board for sale anywhere
> - wondered if anyone had seen one in the wild.
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