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Re: Who has working Altair 88-DCDD or MITS 3202 series floppy drives?

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  • Dave Sroelov
    mine was working last year, before i packed it up for shipping. i will know in a couple of months whether it survived the trip. 88-DCDD plus two 88-DISK
    Message 1 of 7 , Feb 21, 2013
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      mine was working last year, before i packed it up for shipping. i will
      know in a couple of months whether it survived the trip.

      88-DCDD plus two 88-DISK drives.
    • mfeberhard
      I do. Mine s a bit flaky right now - one of my drives misbehaves. I plan on getting to that machine soon. (That drive had a bad habit of writing on the disk
      Message 2 of 7 , Feb 21, 2013
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        I do. Mine's a bit flaky right now - one of my drives misbehaves. I plan on getting to that machine soon. (That drive had a bad habit of writing on the disk when it was supposed to be reading - this is hell on my few bootable MITS disks :-))

        Partial to-do list:
        --==Altair 8800A==--
        (done).........Rebuild Altair 8800A
        (done).........Rebuild Teletype ASR33
        (done).........Get Altair 8800A working with ASR33
        (done).........Write paper tape utilities for Altair
        (done).........Modify paper MITS tape loader for hi-speed paper tape
        (done).........Reliably boot all versions of MITS paper tape software
        (to do)........Get Altair cassette tape subsystem working

        --==Sol-20 with Helios II subsystem==--
        (done).........Develop programmer kit for MM5204 EPROMS
        (done).........Suck the code out of all SOLOS EPROMs
        (done).........Burn SOLOS EPROMS with 'BOot' command into MM5204's
        (in progress)..Sell the remaining MM5204 programmer kits
        (done).........Hack 1970's B&W TV to be monitor for Sol-20
        (done).........Get Sol-20 with Helios drives running
        (done).........Write Xmodem device driver for PTDOS
        (in progress)..Use Xmodem driver to back up all PTDOS software

        --==Cromemco Z-1 with PFD, Dazzler, D+7A IO, TUART==--
        (done).........Get Persci drives working on Cromemco Z-1
        (done).........Build PC with 8" and 5.25" drives to run ImageDisk
        (Done).........Write Xmodem utility for CDOS, for Z-1
        (in progress)..Get 'all' Cromemco CDOS software onto floppies
        (done).........Get Dazzler working
        (to do)........Hack 1970's color TV to be color monitor for Dazzler
        (done).........Restore 2 Cromemco JS-1 Joysticks
        (Done).........Develop funky cable to use Persci and Shugart drives
        together on the Cromemco Z-1
        (in progress)..Write disk exerciser for Persci drives under CDOS
        (to do)........Restore 3rd Persci drive, using Z-1 and exerciser pgm

        --==Altair 8800B with 88-DCDD and/or 3202==--
        (done).........Rebuild Altair 8800B
        (done).........Develop 1702A programmer
        (done).........Sell off excess 1702A programmer kits
        (done).........suck the code out of all Altair EPROMs, including
        the one in the 8800B front panel
        (done).........Burn boot ROMs for Altair 8800B
        (in progress)..Debug Altair floppy drives
        (to do)........Restore, install and debug Altair hard disk subsystem
        (to do)........Restore and install correct QUME printer on 8800B

        (in progress)..Explain to my wife why this is not a waste of
        time and basement space

        --- In altaircomputerclub@yahoogroups.com, Stuart Wyatt <stuart@...> wrote:
        >
        > I have an 8800 and 8800B, two floppy drives, one with the painted metal face and one with the "B" plastic face. Both drives have the white doors. It all worked the last time it was turned on, but that was several years ago.
        >
        > From: altaircomputerclub@yahoogroups.com [mailto:altaircomputerclub@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of deramp5113
        > Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2013 8:10 AM
        > To: altaircomputerclub@yahoogroups.com
        > Subject: [Altair Computer Club] Who has working Altair 88-DCDD or MITS 3202 series floppy drives?
        >
        >
        >
        > Other than "W Tom," does anyone else in this group have a computer with working Altair 88-DCDD or MITS 3202 floppy drives?
        >
      • steve
        I have both a DCDD (with single FD400 drive) and a 3202 (with dual FD500 drives) that I ll be putting on ebay in the near future. They re not in a working
        Message 3 of 7 , Feb 21, 2013
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          I have both a DCDD (with single FD400 drive) and a 3202 (with dual FD500 drives) that I'll be putting on ebay in the near future. They're not in a working system now, but both were working about 15 years ago, so should still be in pretty good condition. I have controller cards and cables too, but they're not in the greatest shape. If anyone is interested, drop me a note off-forum and I'll try to get them listed quickly. Or make me an offer I can't refuse. I need the $$$, so can't afford to let them go cheap. I also have an Icom 3712 (with dual FD500's). It uses the same cabinet and drives as the Altair 3202.

          By the way, if anyone is interested in a Teletype ASR-33 for $100 (pick up in Albuquerque only), lemme know.

          Steve (alltare ~at~ yahoo ~dot~ com)
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          --- In altaircomputerclub@yahoogroups.com, "deramp5113" <deramp5113@...> wrote:
          >
          > Other than "W Tom," does anyone else in this group have a computer with working Altair 88-DCDD or MITS 3202 floppy drives?
          >
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