Identifying old HP iron

From: ed sharpe <>
Date: Sun Sep 12 15:36:28 2004

check though back emails on this list... Stan Sieler ( spelling) would
know this machine.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gerhard Lenerz" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, September 12, 2004 1:16 PM
Subject: Identifying old HP iron

> Hello,
> I've got an old HP system that I rescued from ebay. I've asked in
> german newsgroups but that and googling did turn up next to nothing.
> It's a beige machine of the stackable kind and I think I've seen
> Series 300 machines with Motorola CPUs in a similar enclosure.
> What I've got along with some HP-IB cables and a 700/92 HP terminal
> is:
> * 7957 Harddisk. This spins up and the light on the front turns
> green.
> * 9144 Tape Drive. I get some status codes on the display on the
> back but as long as I don't get the system up that doesn't matter
> very much I guess.
> * The main unit is labelled "HP Series 40 260" on the front. It
> seems to have a 5 slot backplane of some kind. 2 Slots ar occupied
> by the mainboard which has little else than two serial connectors.
> Then there is a HP-IB interface and a serial card with 3 "normal"
> ports and a fourth that looks somewhat like the DIN headphone
> connectors on audio equipment. The uppermost (fifth) slot is
> empty. There is a small info card in the back that informs me that
> the system is model "45072A".
> So what is this? Is this a "260" as in "successor to the 250"? The
> first followup question to that would be asking what the appropriate
> terminal settings are for connecting to that iron. I do get something
> on "PORT-1" of the main logic board, but no setting (from 9600 8N1 to
> obscure guesses as 1200 6N2) nothing yields useable results.
> Gerhard
Received on Sun Sep 12 2004 - 15:36:28 BST

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