Hands-on Vintage Computing
Because of COVID-19 we have limited capacity, please RSVP early to ensure your place.
If you have a vintage computer (generally-speaking older than 1994) bring it, working or not. Anyone new to the hobby is welcome. We are happy to demonstrate the tips and tricks to vintage computing, software archiving, and hardware restoration. If you have a Commodore, Atari, Digital Equipment Corporation, IBM, Apple, Tandy, MITS, Ohio Scientific, Atari, IMSAI, Kaypro, GRiD…there is an endless list of manufacturers and we strive to support them all!
Bring your personal favorite to show it off or if you need help getting it running. All levels of experience welcome. If you plan to work it might help if you can bring a basic toolkit (screw drivers, wires/jumpers, volt meter, soldering iron, power strip, etc.).
2021 Planning Meeting
- 1/23/2021 11AM
1. Current Status
2. Volunteer Opportunities
– Exhibits and Curation
– A/V Room
– Document / File Archives
– Networking (modern and vintage)
– Docent / tours / presentations / classes / instruction
3. Event planning
– September 25 weekend annual event
– Project team event calendar
– Repair / Workshop calendar
UPDATE – The meeting will be entirely online this time, no on-site meeting. I will post a ZOOM link soon, stand by.
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Repair Your Altair 8800
When: Saturday February 6th 2021 11AM
What: We will be diagnosing a troubleshooting one of the earliest personal computers, the machine that launched Microsoft, the MITS Altair 8800 computer. The goal is to work through the electronics and attempt to load Microsoft BASIC. If you have a similar machine bring it along as we will have tools and parts for this era machine available.
The Digital DECMATE (VT-278)
When: Saturday February 20th 2021 11AM
What: The DECmate VT278 is a PDP 8 on a single CPU / RAM board installed in a VT-100 chassis. This machine does not boot from either of its 8″ RX02 disk drives so we will be disassembling the disk drive pedestal, removing the twin RX02 drives and attempting repairs. If you have similar equipment let me know. Learn more about this computer
The SDS 420
When: Saturday March 13th 2021 11AM
What: We will attempt to repair one of only two or three known SDS 420 computers. The SDS 420 computer is a 6502 CPU computer with Persci model 277 dual 8″ disk drives and proprietary operating system. The left-hand Persci model 277 disk drive will need to be tested for failed components as a first step in booting this system for the first time in almost 40 years.
PDP 8/e Core Memory
When: Saturday March 27th 2021 11AM
What: A memory fault exists in the first core memory board set. Lower memory is necessary to run diagnostics. To diagnose the memory fault we’ll remove the first and last Core RAM board sets (each core memory board requires two other support boards) from the backplane, and switch them. this is done by changing the memory address jumper wires on each board. Once we have enough RAM to run MAINDEC diagnostics we’ll test the migrated RAM to determine the cause of the fault so we can determine how to repair it.