Posted By azog on September 16, 2009
Someone gave me some sort of DEC Alpha workstation:
A single 3.5″ floppy with room for a small something-or-other.
And from the back:
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.
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.