VAX 11/780s - Masscomp - Valid equipment available

From: Merle K. Peirce <>
Date: Tue Jan 8 09:02:55 2002

Well we might very well be interested in a ZS-1.

On Tue, 8 Jan 2002, Jon Auringer wrote:

> Hello all,
> Along with the Astronautics ZS-1 machines I posted about earlier, we
> have some other equipment available. I have someone interested in one of
> the 11/780 machines and possible others. As with the ZS-1 machines, the
> time frame isn't very long. Again, we are closing this facility and the
> equipment will be scrapped if not rescued.
> 1 DEC 11/780 (3 wide cabinet) currently up and running 4.2 BSD
> 3rd cabinet has a Ven-tel plugin modem rack w/~10 modems
> 1 rack containing 4 Fujitsu Eagle drives (one drive is off-line due
> to increasing errors)
> 1 Fujitsu 9-track tape drive in 2 wide cabinet (not quite as tall as the
> VAX cabinet)(This is a nice auto loading drive, there is a second
> one available with two drives from a non-VAXyb system)
> 1 DEC TE16 9-track tape drive (1 wide cabinet)
> 1 Fujitsu line printer
> 1 DECWRITER III printing terminal as console
> 1 DEC 11/780 (3 wide cabinet) currently down but was running fine
> when turned off (VMS)
> 3 DEC RP07 drives (each the size of a washing machine on steroids!)
> 1 DEC TU78 9-track tape drive
> 1 Scicards design station (This is a dedicated color graphics
> terminal used for printed circuit board (PCB) layout)
> I am told the tube was a little on the fuzzy side.
> 1 Benson photo plotter (we used this exclusively to print out PCB
> artwork for checking)
> 1 Dataproducts line printer
> 1 DECWRITER III printing terminal as console
> 3 Valid Systems m68k based Multibus systems. Each system has several
> dedicated mono graphics cards to drive multiple design stations.
> Each system is in a half-height rack which contains the Multibus
> rack, an 8" Fujitsu fixed disk drive and the slot loading 9-track
> tape drive. I am unsure of the status of these systems. I believe
> they were running when shut down, but I have doubts about the drives.
> 6 or more of the Valid Scaldstation design stations. Each includes a
> table with built-in digitizer and a 19" green monochrome graphics
> monitor. These systems were used primarily for schematic capture,
> but ran a full blown UNIX, so I always enjoyed reading news on the
> "big screen". :)
> 1 Masscomp m68k based system
> This system is also Multibus based and resides in a pair of 5' high
> racks. One rack contains the multibus chassis and a pair of Fujitsu
> drives. The second rack houses the 9-track tape drive and a third
> 8" Fujitsu drive. This machine was only lightly used when I signed
> on in 1989, and shut down shortly thereafter. I have gotten it up
> and running RTU on its ST-506 boot drive, but haven't managed to
> get the Fujitsus online.
> 7 Masscomp MC-500 deskside chassis
> These are also Multibus based m68k systems. These run the same OS as
> systems above. They have an internal 5-1/4" floppy and ST-506 fixed
> drive. There are a bunch of the monochrome graphics tubes that go
> along with these units. Actually, it appears like each chassis is
> designed to drive a pair of the graphics terminals. I have one of
> these boxes that I did a clean install of the RTU OS. The other 6
> are in varying states of repair. I think there are enough bits to
> assemble at least 3 more complete systems.
> 2 DEC MicroVax II in a 19"
> There is also a rack mounted chassis with a pair of SMD drives.
> Each of the MVII has a SMD controller card. Both of the boot drives
> are dead and I don't have a way to format replacements. I would
> like to hang on to these if I can manage to get them home without
> doing myself harm.
> 1 Tek 4014-1 graphics terminal w/hard copy unit. The terminal works
> fine, but I haven't had a chance to test the hard copy unit. I would
> like to hang on to this unit, but moving it is definately a two person
> and a truck kind of thing. So I may have to let it go. :(
> ? StorageTek 9-Track drives. 110V operation. How many of these I have
> depends on the fate of the ZS-1 machines. I have a couple now, and
> will have several more if the ZS machines are scrapped.
> Large quantities of documentation. Over a dozen UNIX programmers
> manuals in metal desktop racks. Complete documentation sets for VMS,
> gray and orange binders. I have a box with complete unopened
> docs for a later version (don't remember off-hand which version) of
> VMS than we had ever installed. Documentation for several revisions
> of SunOS4. If I were to walk through the building, I could easily
> double this list. Basically we have just about everything!
> Thanks for listening,
> Jon
> Jon Auringer

M. K. Peirce

Rhode Island Computer Museum, Inc.
Shady Lea, Rhode Island

"Casta est quam nemo rogavit."
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