VAX 8600 on ebay

From: Johnny Billquist <>
Date: Mon Oct 13 16:58:11 2003

On Mon, 13 Oct 2003 "Antonio Carlini" <> wrote:

> =1479
> It does say "too large for pallet" so I guess you have been warned. This
> is
> really a souped-up ECL VAX-11/780, and I know that several of you are
> quite
> smitten by that vintage of machine. (sadly for me it's on the wrong side
> of the pond and has appeared just[1] before I become rich).

Oh drool. It's more than a souped up 11/780, but I guess in this company
it's a fair description. :-) If noone goes for it, I'd love to get my
hands on the cards (especially memory). Update have one 8650 up and
running 24/7 with NetBSD. I'm about to embark on an ambitious project of
getting the device driver from Ultrix working in NetBSD, if someone else
feels like joining in...

Does anyone have any good ideas what the problem can be if an 8650 have
problems booting the FE, by the way? It fails about 50% of the time. I've
checked all cables, tried two different FEs, tried different RL02 drives
and packs. Different controllers.
When I get an error, it's a problem with the RL02. That much I can tell
from the error, but unfortunately, that specific error is actually not
mentioned in the DEC documentation for the 8650.
The only thing I just realized I haven't swapped is the Q-bus backplane...


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