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21855Re: [midatlanticretro] Re: Ferguson BigBoard

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  • B Degnan
    Jul 6, 2011
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      It appears that I have 4 bigboards. Two are
      probably already set to act as XEROX 820-1's, one
      is not populated with chips (just the sockets), and one is "BAD".

      I took non-detailed pictures and I will upload soon.

      Bill

      At 01:50 PM 7/6/2011, you wrote:

      >Hi at all of you,
      >please excuse me for my poor English.
      >
      >My present in this group born cause a friend of
      >me Luigi Serrantoni http://www.computerhistory.it/ was registered in MARCH.
      >He told me about someone (Bill) who sold a
      >couple of Bigboard. (I'm curious to know if were
      >Bigboard I or instead BigboardII and also to see their pictures)
      >I written all the history of mine one at my
      >website
      >http://elazzerini.interfree.it/Bigboard%201/index-en.htm in english language.
      >
      >My passion started on October 2007 so not much
      >time ago. My goal was to make the board alive
      >and a friend of mine (Roberto Bazzano
      >http://www.z80ne.com/default-e.asp) very much
      >experienced of me in digital electronic made
      >this dream TRUE just some weeks ago even booting
      >CP/M OS ( I thanks for this Dave Dunfield with
      >its imagedisk http://www.classiccmp.org/dunfield/img/ ).
      >
      >During those last years a made any kind of
      >imaginable searches with google and ebay and in
      >this way I collected all info I can.
      >So in the website I got the goal to offer the
      >possibility to understand those far years on which the Bigboard was born.
      >
      >The board I think has been the 1st SBC then
      >Kaypro-II was a unlicensed copy with the same
      >schematic ( I bougth one in the last may I added
      >pics in my website but I have to test it) and
      >Xerox 820-1 was a licensed copy with the same
      >schematic ( I bougth one in the last may I
      >added pics in my website but I have to test it).
      >[the Xerox 820-2 was derived from Xerox 820-1
      >and the main difference was the FDC with which
      >was possible to have 8" and 5"1/4 in SSSD and DSDD ways]
      >
      >So I'm opening my horizon to those kind of
      >machines and also with an Italian machine born
      >in the same period called General Processor
      >T-model ( I bougth one in the last october I
      >added some generic pics in my website but I will
      >have to test it when I will have it at my home).
      >
      >I also collected some issues of Microcornucopia
      >Magazine in paper and some other issues in digital way.
      >I wish that this magazine remains in the history
      >so with the help di Al Kossow (bitsavers.org)
      >I collected all issues here http://enricolazzerini.interfree.it/
      >
      >Here
      >http://elazzerini.interfree.it/Bigboard%201/06.Cerco/index-en.htm
      >what i need and of course it's enough to ask for
      >and if I have the info or knowledges I will help anybody who needs it.
      >
      >With this long presentation I hope to described
      >my point of view so I thanks in advance who can and wish to give me some help.
      >
      >Regards
      >Enrico ­ (Pisa The city with the leaning tower) - Italy
      >
      >
      >
      >
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