Care and feeding of some Lisp machines (TI Explorer and Xerox Star)
James B DiGriz
jbdigriz at dragonsweb.org
Mon Sep 14 22:44:11 CDT 2020
On Mon, 14 Sep 2020 15:35:50 +0200
Michael Engel via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
> for a planned exhibition, I am thinking of restoring two of the
> machines to working state again that are in storage here for decades:
> - A TI Explorer ("Sperry" labeled)
> - A Xerox Star (no idea if ours actually ran Interlisp or one of the
> other OSes for the Star/Dandelion)
Awesome. I hope there will be online coverage of the exhibition.
> Some things I could not find so far are the mouse and the console
> cable for the Explorer. It seems that the mouse is related to
> MouseSystems optical mice used on older Sun/SGI systems (but the
> interface might be different?). The fiber optics cable for the
> display (TI part number 2233200 according to the field service
> manual) might be another problem
> - if you know any details about this, I would be very interested...
This is the same part # listed for the 990, and I would think, lacking
documentation on them, the BS600 and BS800 machines, if using
the CI404 comm board. I don't know how common those were. My college
only started using them after a lightning strike took out some machines
through one or more serial links, iirc. But that may broaden your search.
From the CI403/CI404 manual
2233200-0001 Standard duplex fiber-optic cable, 15m
2233201-0002 Fiber-optic extension cable, 60m
2233201-0003 Fiber-optic extension cable, 150m
2233201-0004 Fiber-optic extension cable, 300m
2233210-0001 Converter module kit, includes: Converter,
Power Module, and Power Cord.
The extension cables include a connector for connectin 2 cables.
I may have some more information on the mouse and maybe some cable specs
soon. Talking to some people who likely know.
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