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Ace Multiprosessor disk?

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  • Bill Degnan
    Bill #3 Do you have a boot disk????? With that I could rebuild my system. It can use the older DOS. Bill
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 21, 2009
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      Bill #3
      Do you have a boot disk????? With that I could rebuild my system. It can use the older DOS.
      Bill

      -------- Original Message --------
      > From: noreplies@...
      > Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 4:07 PM
      > To: noreplies@...
      > Subject: Vintagecomputer.net re: Action Computer Enterprise, Inc.
      >
      > REPLY TO THREAD:
      > Action Computer Enterprise, Inc.
      >
      > RESPONSE:
      > I came across another ad.
      >
      > http://www.dvq.com/ads/acei_byte_1_81.jpg
      >
      > This uses a different cpu card than yours.
      >
      > The DPC-180 card has 64k of on board ram, a Z-80 cpu and a serial interface but no boot rom.
      >
      > I have one in my collection, but I don't know its condition. I have no documentation for it. You can borrow it if you need it for anything.
      >
      > Bill #3
      >
      > Respond to this reply here:
      >
      > http://www.vintagecomputer.net/browse_thread.cfm?id=230
      >
      > ORIGINAL MESSAGE:
      > Little is known about the Discovery 500 Multiprocessor S-100 Computer by Action Computer Enterprise, Inc. I found ads for a similar system sold by the same company that appear in Byte magazines in 1981-1982, but no ads for the Discovery 500.
      >
      > The Discovery 500 Multiprocessor S-100 Computer by Action Computer Enterprise, Inc. This is a "turnkey" system, note the key.
      >
      > The multiprocessor calls the disk controller, but there is no functioning media. After checking for a disk in the floppy drive, the system searches the hard disk for an OS.
      >
      > The hard drive makes a horrible screeching, I doubt I will be able to get too far with it. The hard drive is a Disctron, Inc model D526. The floppy drive is a Mitsubishi M4853. Photo of drives. Although this is an S-100 system, the drive controller is not installed on the S-100 backplane and receives it's power separately. Instead the controller sits on the other side of the drives in it's own rails.
      >
      > The ACE Discovery 500 is a late S-100 era built for export to China as well as for sale in the USA. Based on the date stamp of the chips, I believe that the Discovery 500 was manufactured in 1983.
      >
      > Action Computer Enterprise, Inc. was one of the pioneers in the development of early multi-user operating systems for business in the late 70's.
      >
      > If you know more about the Discovery 500, please let me know! In the meantime I am going to see if I can boot with a CP/M disk borrowed from another system, with the hope that the boot PROM has a flexible BIOS. The disks are probably 5¼" 96tpi DS/DD 624K
      >
      > More Pictures
      >
      > Advertisements
      >
      > References:
      >
      > http://pat.jpl.nasa.gov/public/hls/
      >
      > http://pat.jpl.nasa.gov/public/craig/
      >
      > http://www.dvq.com/oldcomp/oldads.htm
      >
      > http://www.adamsint.com/Press/the_chinese_way.html
      >
      > If you do not wish to receive replies to this thread, log in, visit link, turn off replies.
      >
      > Inquiries:
      > http://www.vintagecomputer.net/contact.cfm

      >
      >
      >
      > Location: East Brunswick
      > it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
    • Bill Dromgoole
      Sorry Bill, I have no software or other docs. ... From: Bill Degnan To: Sent: Tuesday, April 21,
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 21, 2009
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        Sorry Bill, I have no software or other docs.

        ----- Original Message -----
        From: "Bill Degnan" <billdeg@...>
        To: <midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 4:23 PM
        Subject: [midatlanticretro] Ace Multiprosessor disk?


        Bill #3
        Do you have a boot disk????? With that I could rebuild my system. It can use
        the older DOS.
        Bill

        -------- Original Message --------
        > From: noreplies@...
        > Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 4:07 PM
        > To: noreplies@...
        > Subject: Vintagecomputer.net re: Action Computer Enterprise, Inc.
        >
        > REPLY TO THREAD:
        > Action Computer Enterprise, Inc.
        >
        > RESPONSE:
        > I came across another ad.
        >
        > http://www.dvq.com/ads/acei_byte_1_81.jpg
        >
        > This uses a different cpu card than yours.
        >
        > The DPC-180 card has 64k of on board ram, a Z-80 cpu and a serial interface
        > but no boot rom.
        >
        > I have one in my collection, but I don't know its condition. I have no
        > documentation for it. You can borrow it if you need it for anything.
        >
        > Bill #3
        >
        > Respond to this reply here:
        >
        > http://www.vintagecomputer.net/browse_thread.cfm?id=230
        >
        > ORIGINAL MESSAGE:
        > Little is known about the Discovery 500 Multiprocessor S-100 Computer by
        > Action Computer Enterprise, Inc. I found ads for a similar system sold by the
        > same company that appear in Byte magazines in 1981-1982, but no ads for the
        > Discovery 500.
        >
        > The Discovery 500 Multiprocessor S-100 Computer by Action Computer Enterprise,
        > Inc. This is a "turnkey" system, note the key.
        >
        > The multiprocessor calls the disk controller, but there is no functioning
        > media. After checking for a disk in the floppy drive, the system searches the
        > hard disk for an OS.
        >
        > The hard drive makes a horrible screeching, I doubt I will be able to get too
        > far with it. The hard drive is a Disctron, Inc model D526. The floppy drive
        > is a Mitsubishi M4853. Photo of drives. Although this is an S-100 system,
        > the drive controller is not installed on the S-100 backplane and receives it's
        > power separately. Instead the controller sits on the other side of the drives
        > in it's own rails.
        >
        > The ACE Discovery 500 is a late S-100 era built for export to China as well as
        > for sale in the USA. Based on the date stamp of the chips, I believe that the
        > Discovery 500 was manufactured in 1983.
        >
        > Action Computer Enterprise, Inc. was one of the pioneers in the development of
        > early multi-user operating systems for business in the late 70's.
        >
        > If you know more about the Discovery 500, please let me know! In the meantime
        > I am going to see if I can boot with a CP/M disk borrowed from another system,
        > with the hope that the boot PROM has a flexible BIOS. The disks are probably
        > 5¼" 96tpi DS/DD 624K
        >
        > More Pictures
        >
        > Advertisements
        >
        > References:
        >
        > http://pat.jpl.nasa.gov/public/hls/
        >
        > http://pat.jpl.nasa.gov/public/craig/
        >
        > http://www.dvq.com/oldcomp/oldads.htm
        >
        > http://www.adamsint.com/Press/the_chinese_way.html
        >
        > If you do not wish to receive replies to this thread, log in, visit link, turn
        > off replies.
        >
        > Inquiries:
        > http://www.vintagecomputer.net/contact.cfm

        >
        >
        >
        > Location: East Brunswick
        > it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests




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