Valuable MicroVAX-II (?)

From: Tothwolf <>
Date: Tue Dec 17 17:50:01 2002

On Tue, 17 Dec 2002, Zane H. Healy wrote:

> > > > I'd expect that for one with a SCSI Qbus module, but this system
> > > > seems rather vanilla, except for the multiple RD54s.
> > > >
> > > > Who'd a thunk it?
> As has been pointed out, someone is most likely after the 3 RD54's.
> The thing to remember is that there are still systems being used
> commercially, or by the Government that use these drives. The cost of
> qualifying different hardware to move to SCSI far outweighs the cost of
> obtaining RD54's.

That certainly makes sense, though I had never thought of the RD54 as
being worth much, since after all, it is MFM.

> > > Anyone have any ideas as to why most BA123s are missing the door
> > > that covers the operator's panel? Is it just easily broken and lost?
> >
> > I think they were shipped broken. You had to be very careful using
> > that door, or the pegs (hinges) would break off. Since all the
> > intresting buttons were under the door, it needed to be opened fairly
> > frequently.
> I had one that was intact. The top peg that holds it in place and makes
> up the hinge is now broken. I'm still ticked off at my Mother over that
> one. I had the panel off, and she knocked it over on a hardwood floor.
> The result, the peg broke off. :^( That was a few years ago, I've still
> got the peg, and one of these years I'll try and patch it.

I recently fixed a few cracks in the plastic trim on my BA123. It seems to
be made of ABS, but I'm not 100% sure. In any case, Methylene Chloride
certainly did the trick, and the plastic trim on my BA123 looks quite nice
now. Of course, the door for the operator's panel is missing, but I guess
that is quite common ;)

Anyone have an extra drive control panel for the front operators' panel?
My BA123 is missing one, and I'd like to replace it. I know some complete
front panels have come up on the list in the past, so maybe they are still
floating around in parts boxes.

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