Restoring a VAXstation 3500

From: Torquil MacCorkle, III <>
Date: Sun May 9 04:44:12 2004

Hello everyone,

    Recently, I met up with listmember Rick Murphy to take a beautiful
VAXstation 3500 (KA650, QBus, RX50, DEQNA)in BA123 enclosure, along with
VR290 monitor, puck mouse and keyboard, off his hands. (Allow me to commend
him for being a good sport, I was ~30 minutes late ;))

It is a near flawless machine, except both of its RD53s are dead as
doornails. The platter isn't stuck, but the opening up the drive tricks
have all been tried. It powers up and then powers right back down. (But is
at least detected, it seems)

In any case, I am looking to make this thing work again. :) I am looking
for any kind of Qbus goodies, specifically a SCSI card. If this is too rare
an item, I am looking for a DSSI card. If this isn't an option either, I am
looking for any RDxx drive.

I am also looking for an RX22 drive, so that I can load a kernel off it and
not have to worry with all that stuff, just simple, reliable NFS. :)

Lastly (and this is a long shot), does anyone have a spare backdoor to the
BA123 enclosure, or even just the hinge would do (mine is falling off).

Any replies are appreciated, I can't wait to get this thing up and running
as a full-time server. :)

Torquil MacCorkle, III
Lexington, Virginia
Received on Sun May 09 2004 - 04:44:12 BST

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