Should I add a "Micro" PDP11/73 to the Herd?

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Date: Thu Jun 22 08:19:51 2000

For under 50$ yes!!!!

As to the OS... Long list to follow...;)

 From DEC:

   (rare) Ultrix-11

   TSX-11 (requires RT-11)

 FROM PUPS archives
   Unix from V5-->2.11 or later.

To name just a few that were available for that machine. Many have
Licenses for use but do check out PUPS as most of those are free.


On Thu, 22 Jun 2000, Douglas Quebbeman wrote:

> Good Morning, Fellow Classicians...
> A MicroPDP 11/73 (that's how it's listed) is available on
> E-Bay, it's not selling, so I can probably get it for the
> starting bid of five bucks, and it's local. I have no
> backround with the PDP-11 (and thus my recent query
> regarding those cards I have).
> It comes with a TS05 tape drive, which from the photo
> appears to be a Cipher F880 Microstreamer. I'm thinking
> of getting it just to have a spare for the Prime's tape
> drive.
> Here is what the seller has to say about it:
> : This is a Digital Equipment Corp Micro PDP11/73 computer
> : with a TS05 tape drive mounted in a rack. Also included is
> : what I think is a hard disk unit mounted below the computer.
> : The front panel of this unit says 'USDC CSS-800 Compact
> : Storage System'. Also included is a VT320 amber video
> : terminal. If you look at the photos below you will see that
> : there is a large space in the middle where something is
> : missing. I think that there were 2 hard disks mounted in this
> : space, but they were gone when I got the equipment. I bought
> : this stuff from the University of Louisville Medical School.
> : This is one part of a larger system. I have powered the
> : PDP11/73 up and it seems to boot up OK. When booted, this
> : is what come up on the screen: Testing in progress - Please
> : wait 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Starting ROM boot 173356 _at_ I think
> : the '_at_' is a command prompt, but I don't know what to do
> : from there. The CSS-800 unit has lights that come on in the
> : front, and so does the tape drive, but I have no way to test
> : them. I can't be sure if this equipment is working properly, so
> : it is sold AS-IS.
> :
> :
> Should I rescue this machine? What OS do I need to acquire for it?
> Thanks for all replys,
> -doug quebbeman
Received on Thu Jun 22 2000 - 08:19:51 BST

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