Reviving a MicroVAX II

From: Daniel T. Burrows <>
Date: Sun Jul 2 22:05:26 2000

Contact me off list. I have several ESDI controllers that I have been
saving for the hobby users. WQESD, Dilog DQ696, etc. I even have some
drives to go with them.

The cheapest you will find for decent SCSI controllers are the CMD CQD220/TM
(Disk and Tape). I find them on the wholesale side but the min. I have paid
is $500. I typically pay $550 to $650 each even in quantity's of 10+.
Normal end user prices I have seen are $735 to $1200.

Keep your eyes open for Emulex UC07 and UC08. With late versions of the
firmware they work nicely with CD's.

The Vikings are solid but rather slow but will talk to CD's also with late
-----Original Message-----
From: David Williams <>
To: <>
Date: Sunday, July 02, 2000 6:40 PM
Subject: Re: Reviving a MicroVAX II

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?


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 - 22:05:26 BST

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