More old stuff incoming

Douglas Taylor dj.taylor4 at
Wed Dec 19 10:36:41 CST 2018

I too have an old spectrometer that requires a PC with an ISA slot, 
[Bomem MB series] and the interface card is ISA form.  It has been a 
challenge to find old PC's with an ISA slot, most are recycled for 
scrap.  The ones I have came from thrift stores, but now the thrift 
stores are reluctant to carry old PC's.  No one wants them except a few 
people with specific hardware/software requirements.

I also use an old PC that still has the ability to run both 3.5 and 5.25 
inch floppies for transferring data to Vax/PDP-11 machines using PUTR.  
The 5.25 inch floppy was dropped from most late model PC's, the 
controller chip wouldn't support it.


On 12/19/2018 12:03 AM, Bill Degnan via cctalk wrote:
> I repaired a Spectrometer for Morgan University in Baltimore that had a
> vintage computer at its heart, used for training purposes and perfectly
> good.  The computer just needed some TLC to get it back up and running.  I
> think it was a P-II as well, there was a control card that would only work
> with the pre-PCI bus
> b
> On Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 11:54 PM Jason Howe via cctalk <
> cctalk at> wrote:
>> Indeed.
>> Just this year, we pulled our Pentium Pro box off our museum shelf and
>> did a fresh install of NT4 for a faculty member and their scientific
>> instrument.
>> --Jason
>> On 12/18/18 5:48 PM, Zane Healy via cctalk wrote:
>>>> On Dec 18, 2018, at 2:51 PM, ben via cctalk <cctalk at>
>> wrote:
>>>> I would take a guess for custom hardware or software that never
>> migrated to Windows 13 or USB IIV. Ben.
>>> Being a photographer, I know there is a real market for this.  Many
>> high-end scanners will only work with older Macintosh or Windows systems.
>> I have a scanner that originally cost $10,000, and the only software for it
>> runs on Windows XP (thankfully I can use Parallels Desktop to run XP and
>> use it).  Other, even more expensive scanners require even older software
>> that requires physical systems.  I also have some pretty high-end Macintosh
>> A/V HW & SW that won’t run on newer systems.
>>> I’m sure there is plenty of lab type equipment in this category as well.
>>> Zane

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