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DEC Alpha workstation

Posted By on September 16, 2009

Someone gave me some sort of DEC Alpha workstation:

dec-alpha-1

A single 3.5″ floppy with room for a small something-or-other.

And from the back:

dec-alpha-3

Lots of ports: 10baseT, 10base2, AUI, serial, parallel, PS/2 keyboard and mouse, a 50-pin SCSI, and what looks like two PCMCIA slots.

The guts aren’t that glamorous.

dec-alpha-2

There’s no obvious model number on it, so I’ll have to dig around for some specs, etc.

I used to collect DEC equipment, mostly old iron, like VAXen. I had a couple of 11/730s, some rackmounted PDP-11 (one was an 11/23, the other was an 11/73, and I think one other).

Over time, I’ve had to pass up on offers for 11/750s and an 11/780, although the 11/780 required 3-phase, so it would have been a display only.

Unfortunately, old iron is expensive in terms of real-estate. It’s also pretty heavy on the power requirements. I had to follow a process to boot the VAX 730: power on the RA80, and let that spin for about 5 minutes, and then hit RUN on the processor, and cross my fingers that I don’t pop a fuse somewhere.

After four moves, I no longer have any of my old stuff, which is a shame. I don’t even remember where it all ended up. Some of the other non-DEC stuff was pretty cool, but I draw a blank at most of it. The only outstanding thing was a hand-wired S100 system with two displays: one was a console, the other ran a debugger.

Oh well.


Comments

4 Responses to “DEC Alpha workstation”

  1. St├ęphane says:

    You got rid of your DEC PDP and VAX stuff? Shame on you! :-)
    (drop me a note if you have some unused Qbus/UNIBUS cards left ;-> )

  2. azog says:

    Yes, it is a shame :( I might start trying to collect again, now that I have the time/space/etc, but these are starting to get more scarce…

  3. Dave says:

    did you ever figure out what model of alpha(station) this one was? I’ve been trying to find one and your site is the only reference i can find on it.

    Thanks!

  4. azog says:

    This was a DEC Multia with an Alpha processor. I found some dox somewhere, and it suggested that the actual model was the VX40 (floppy and SCSI options).

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