Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

6837RE: [midatlanticretro] Speaking of projects....

Expand Messages
  • Ian King
    Jan 6, 2008
    • 0 Attachment
      
      <sigh> 
       
      Oh well, this is only the second time I've purchased a worthless piece of junk on eBay.  :-)  Last time, I was able to 'revive' the item by finding a 'parts beast' - maybe I can do the same here.  I seem to remember I didn't pay much - at least that's what I'm going to keep telling myself.... 
       
      Thanks, Kelly.  I really appreciate your help. -- Ian


      From: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com [mailto:midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Kelly Leavitt
      Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2008 8:55 AM
      To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [midatlanticretro] Speaking of projects....

      OK, Alert flashing, all others green but the 6250 is a VBT (very bad thing).
       
      By all others I green mean:
      Load
      Unload
      Online
      Wrten
      1600
       
      are all green solid.
      It means Program ROM Failure.
       
      That is if it uses the same error table as the enclosed 3210.
       
      Kelly
      -----Original Message-----
      From: midatlanticretro@ yahoogroups. com [mailto:midatlantic retro@yahoogroup s.com]On Behalf Of Ian King
      Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2008 12:13 AM
      To: midatlanticretro@ yahoogroups. com
      Subject: RE: [midatlanticretro] Speaking of projects....

      Double-checked the model number.  This is an "open face" 9-track, that stands vertically - it's only about five or six inches deep.  I've seen occasional references to it on the net, but haven't found anything else.  From what I've been able to garner, it sounds like the 3x10 is SCSI - does that make sense from the info you have? 
       
      All the green LEDs come on steady (except for the 6250 bps) and the red Alert LED blinks rapidly and continuously. 
       
      I'm starting to wonder if I need to take this down to the docks.... 


      From: midatlanticretro@ yahoogroups. com [mailto:midatlantic retro@yahoogroup s.com] On Behalf Of Kelly Leavitt
      Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2008 6:33 AM
      To: midatlanticretro@ yahoogroups. com
      Subject: RE: [midatlanticretro] Speaking of projects....

      Are you sure of the numbers? I have the User Manual for a 3610 and a 3210. Nothing on the 3601. What is the blink pattern? If it matches anything in my manual I can decipher it for you.
       
      There are 4 pages of blink error codes.
       
      Kelly
      -----Original Message-----
      From: midatlanticretro@ yahoogroups. com on behalf of Ian King
      Sent: Wed 1/2/2008 12:57 AM
      To: midatlanticretro@ yahoogroups. com
      Cc:
      Subject: RE: [midatlanticretro] Speaking of projects....

      Oops, that's what I get for doing it from memory.  It's an OD 3601 GCR. 


      From: midatlanticretro@ yahoogroups. com [mailto:midatlantic retro@yahoogroup s.com] On Behalf Of Ian King
      Sent: Tuesday, January 01, 2008 11:11 AM
      To: midatlanticretro@ yahoogroups. com
      Subject: [midatlanticretro] Speaking of projects....

      I picked up an Overland Data 9-track on eBay a while back, and I've had no success finding any documentation for it.  This is particularly important because when I turn it on, it just flashes its lights at me.  It's an OD 3210 GCR, and it has both standard Pertec connectors and a connector/cable intended for a PC parallel port.  It would sure be cool to run off magtape images I have found on the web, then load them on one of the DEC machines…. 

      When I opened it up, I noticed it has a watch battery on its electronics board; needless to say, that was NG.  I replaced it, but the thing still just blinks at me.  The battery suggests there are settings it wants to persist, and I've seen this behavior with older PC motherboards where they won't pass POST if the battery isn't up to snuff.  I'm wondering if there is some magic switch press sequence or perhaps even some commands it expects to see over that parallel port line (from some PC-based app, perhaps). 

      Does anybody have any leads on this?  Thanks. 

      BTW, what I have is mostly DEC but also a fair amount of Data General, and while my information library is by no means comprehensive, I have some unusual items.  I have three PDP-8s, seven PDP-11s and I've sort of lost track of how many VAXen - those 3100s just seem to multiply like bunnies.  :-)  I also have a couple of DG machines, and of course a range of peripherals including paper tape readers, magtape drives, various fixed and removable disks, some terminals and DEC 'glue' pieces like DECservers and an InfoServer to upload their OS.  Needless to say, I try to have documentation for all this, so that gives you an idea of what I might have!  (Oh, I just picked up an RS/6000 with AIX 3.2.) 

      Again, thanks from the "other" coast.  -- Ian (Seattle)


      No virus found in this outgoing message.
      Checked by AVG Free Edition.
      Version: 7.5.516 / Virus Database: 269.17.13/1210 - Release Date: 1/5/2008 11:46 AM


      No virus found in this outgoing message.
      Checked by AVG Free Edition.
      Version: 7.5.516 / Virus Database: 269.17.13/1211 - Release Date: 1/6/2008 11:57 AM

    • Show all 8 messages in this topic