From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Thu Aug 12 18:26:34 2004

On Thu, Aug 12, 2004 at 04:19:37PM -0700, Rich Bramante wrote:
> I just rescued one of these.


> No docs/sw.

Not so nice.

> It has 2 RX50 drives, but no hard disk.

Hmm... a legitimate configuration, but not one I've ever seen.

> It powers up to a
> DECMate II screen with a flashing cursor in the ULH
> corner. Anything interesting I can do with this to
> play around without a hard drive?

Not much you can do with it without some kind of boot medium. There
_may_ be a terminal emulator in ROM, but I'm not positive of that; I
haven't run a diskless DECmate in a long time.

> Any floppy images I can snag

Almost certainly there are, but I can't recall off the top of my head
where you need to go.

> (will it boot from floppy?)

Absolutely. You might need an older machine to write out RX50 images
to a diskette, though. ISTR there are problems with trying to use
5.25" drives on newer PeeCee motherboards, but that might be more of
a problem with recent Microsoft operating systems, than problems with
recent motherboards/chipsets.


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