HP gear

From: Joe <rigdonj_at_cfl.rr.com>
Date: Tue Aug 20 15:09:01 2002

At 03:37 PM 8/20/02 -0400, you wrote:
>At 01:44 PM 8/20/02 -0500, you wrote:
>>I've just come across an HP 9000/300 and 9000/220 in a dumpster over here
>>at University Salvage. I see that the 300 has a 68010 (first one I've
>>owned), but am not sure about the 220. Both have video and 'keyboard'
>>I've found some 300 info using google, but nothing helpful on the 220.
>You probably have an hp9000/310 . I typed a little about them
>when I auctioned off all of mine:
>You need an HP-HIL keyboard and a monitor such as this for it:
>In addition, you need an HPIB HD with the HPBASIC OS.

   Or Pascal or HPL. Or you can put them all on one drive and boot from any of them.

>These machines are OK for instrument control, although I find
>that my viper card (essentially the same system in an ISA card,
>which you can then use from DOS) is far more useful.
>The 9000/220 is the little sister of this one (9000/236C):

    I wouldn't call it "little". It uses the same CPU (68000) as the 9816, 9826, 9836. The big difference is that the 220 (aka 9920) is a completely modular system. The keyboard, mouse, disk drives and monitor are all separate. The nice thing about the 220 is that it has sixteen slots so you can add lots of cards to it.

   ALL of the 9000 200 series machines use the 8MHz 68000 CPU except for the ones that have a U at the end of their model number, such as 9836CU. The U machines use a 12.5 Mhz 68010. IIRC the U variation was only available for the 9826 and 9836. C means that it uses a color monitor, the 9836 was the only one that was avaialble in color. (The 9836C and CUs are very nice machines to work with.)

   The 220 could use various video cards but all of the ones that I've seen came with the basic monochrome video card. It uses the same monochrome monitor that the HP 86 does and they're easy enough to find. I have two or three 13" ones and one of the small 11" ones.

>The monitors for these are very hard to come by, so a 220 without
>a monitor is hardly useful. The one above, with monitor, went for
>about $200 on ebay back in 2000. How much memory does it have? I think
>that 220 memory could work in early hp300 models (236 memory
>certainly worked).
>The 200 series machines are interesting if you have the software.

   A LOT of the external HP-IB drives that I find already have 9000 series 200 software on them :-) I'd guess that 40 to 50% of the drives that I find have BASIC on them.

   Before anyone asks: No, I can't send you a boot floppy disk. The operating system is spread over multiple disks and you have to load most of the disks to get the necessary drivers and then save the OS as one big file that includes the drivers (or else reload all the drivers everytime that you reboot). The combined file is much too large to fit on a floppy. You can boot the machine from a single flopy but you'll have to omit all of the drivers and you won't be able to do anything with the machine in that state. I don't have a set of floppies with the drivers so I can't even provide a SET of floppies to get a machine up and running. The only way to I can provide an OS is to ship a complete external hard drive.

>>Also, are these worth anything? I've got no drives with them, but I did
>>get a bunch of lab I/O boxes (multimeter, and other things) with them.

    I'd be interested in finding out what kind of external boxes you have. Usually the external stuff is HP-IB and it can be used on a lot of different machines.

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