Reviving a MicroVAX II

From: allisonp <>
Date: Sun Jul 2 18:54:55 2000

From: David Williams <>

It looks to me like the controller is going to be the more difficult to
locate. I have a box of old unknown boards, some are DEC, I'll
have to sort through and see if I have anything of use (either in my
system or for trading) in there. Does anyone have any good
sources for controllers and/or the drives online? Any suggestions
on average costs?

Ok, SCSI controllers are easy to find just not cheap.
RXDX3 controllers for MFM disks (RD54 and friends)
are fairly common and cheap.
EDSI contrllers are less common but the drives are fairly cheap.

It's the easiest thing to solve in VAXland.


On 2 Jul 2000, at 7:57, allisonp wrote:
> From: Chuck McManis <>
> >I'd recommend a nice ESDI controller (Dilog 696-20 or RQ11D/E
> >(Webster/Sigma/etc) If you can find a RRD-40 interface (CD-ROM) that
> would
> >be good to since VMS from CD is easier to load than VMS from TK50
> (having
> >done both recently I really recommend CD). If you can find (good
> >luck!)
> a
> >SCSI controller for it then your options are pretty much wide open.
> >BTW
> >lives very nicely on a 500 - 600MB disk with lots of layered
> >products.
> Chuck, a SCSI board with one good drive and a CDrom would be likely a
> better choice depeding on what can be found. I used this combo
> CMD200, RZ56 and toshiba Cdrom.
> Allison

David Williams - Computer Packrat
Received on Sun Jul 02 2000 - 18:54:55 BST

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