DEC Pro380 problems
ethan.dicks at gmail.com
Fri Jul 26 08:55:36 CDT 2019
On Thu, Jul 25, 2019 at 10:46 PM Eric Dittman via cctalk
<cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:> >> I pulled my Pro380 out of
> Okay, I looked at the slot and it looks like one of the first pins is
Bummer. I have a floppy controller that had the wiper in the ZIF
socket fail so it won't unclamp all the pins to slide down the
backplane slot. I suppose you need what I need - a dead board to
steal the connector from. There are short and long connectors - so
far, I see the short connectors on I/O cards and long connectors on
memory and video cards. I haven't dug into the reference manual deep
enough to see the signal differences.
> I removed the HD controller and it fails to boot from floppy as well.
> The error codes change but seem to point to the RX50 drive being bad.
I've had 1 or 2 RX50 drives go out over the years. They are
essentially unrepairable outside of simple mechanical failures (broken
door latches mostly).
> I had another Pro380 but it's come up missing so I can't swap parts.
> I guess I'll keep an eye out for another one.
I only have one Pro380 (a former console for our VAX8530 from the 90s)
but I've been able to borrow test parts from a Pro350. Unfortunately,
I have fewer full-sets of cards than I have boxes (classic N-1
problem). I seem to have a lot of memory cards and only one extra
bitplane (color graphics) card. I think I have one wonky primary
video card (garbage video) and one RX50 controller with a broken ZIF
20 years ago, it was easy to find cheap/free Pro350 pickups. I
haven't seen Professional boxes in the wild in quite some time, and I
don't remember anyone selling loose cards. Perhaps they did but they
weren't visible about it.
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