The Computer Vulture's Computer Collection!


Lots and lots and lots of computers... So many computers I don't have room to set them all up!

Apollo Domain Series 3500

This is an odd computer. It is difficult to find info on this, but I have found enough that I think I can get some help with it. Hewlett Packard bought Apollo several years ago, and they say they will continue support until 2000. My Apollo 3500 is running Domain/OS SR10.4, but has recently developed some problems. I am currently seeking a complete set of 5.25" floppy disks containg the Domain/OS software. Either that or the OS tapes and a cable to hook up the internal SCSI tape drive I found. There is still software available that runs under Domain/OS, but not much. Most searches on the internet take me to sites concerning various HP-UX computers that came after my 3500. My 3500 currently has 28MB of RAM and an approx. 300MB ESDI hard drive. I also have a spare CPU, it would be running but it is missing a video card and network card. I'll try to get a picture of it later.

Apple //e

QuickCam picture of my Apple //e. It's a great little computer, and was very popular in it's time. CPU was a 6502, or in later versions a 65C02. I don't remember how much RAM, etc. right now, and I'm not going to go look it up at 1:45am. I have an Apple //e Color Monitor and DuoDisk double 360k 5.25" floppy dive and joystick. If you have any really good BASIC programs for the //e, email them to me! Maybe I'll even start a collection of the better BASIC programs here on the web site. I'm also looking for tech info on the ProFile hard disk, if anyone knows anything about it.

Now, if you REALLY want to have some fun, look for some bulletin boards(BBS's). They might be hard to find, most of them in my area have disappeared since the internet took over everything, but find an old one with slow modems and logon with a 300 baud modem. You can probably read faster than it downloads, I know I can! I was only succesful in connecting to two BBS's, one was running on a TI-99, the other was a Commodore 64. Both were running 2400bps modems. Newer BBS's with 28.8k or faster modems didn't know I was there since the modems don't support 300bps.

Apple IIgs

Nice little IIgs, and an AppleColor RGB monitor. Finally found a floppy drive for it, but still haven't found a video cable.

Apple Macintosh 512K

The Macintosh 512K was the second Mac model released by Apple, with an 8MHz 68000 CPU and 512K of RAM. There was also a 400k 3.5" floppy drive. Mine has an 800k floppy drive which was installed by the previous owner when the 400k drive died. Unfortunatley, he did not replace the old ROM chips, so you need the HD20 extension to use the full 800k, and even then you cannot boot from an 800k disk. And to make things worse, attaching a 400k drive to a machine with an internal 800k causes the internal drive to begin pulsing, making it useless until the external drive is disconnected(TURN OFF THE COMPUTER FIRST!!!). The Mac 512K, like the other early Macs, had a 9 inch B&W screen.

Apple Macintosh II

The Mac II was the first truly expandable Mac, with 6 NuBus slots. It has a 68020 CPU, 4 or 8MB RAM(I forget, it isn't hooked up to a monitor right now) and an 80MB HD, as well as two 800k floppy drives.

Oh no! It's dead! Here's a tip for all you other nerds out there that spend most of your time in the basement... Beware of the water pipes! When they leak into a computer, it gets messy.

Apple Macintosh IIvx


My IIvx has 12MB of RAM, an 80MB hard drive, 2x CD drive, 1MB VRAM and Apple's generic 14 inch color monitor. I'm hoping to upgrade both RAM and hard drive soon. The IIvx runs on a 33MHz 68030 CPU, has a 68882 FPU, 3 NuBus slots and an '030 PDS slot.

Oops! Another victim of the leaking pipe. It was sitting next to the Mac II at the time.

Apple Macintosh PowerBook Duo 270c

The Duo 270c is virtually a portable IIvx, with a 33MHz 68030 and 68882, and a rather small, even for a laptop, active-matrix LCD display. My Duo 270c has 16MB RAM and a 230MB hard drive. The entire thing, including battery, weighs about 4 pounds.

Computers around me don't do very well! This is another sick computer, the LCD display is cracked. Luckily it is still useable, but it has to be in the dock, or you have to get used to using only half of the already small display.

Apple Power Macintosh 6500/250

The PowerMac 6500 is a very new computer, running on a PowerPC 603e chip, running at speeds of up to 300MHz! My 6500 runs at 250MHz, has 48MB of RAM and a 3.7GB hard drive, 12x CD drive and internal Zip drive. It has two PCI expansion slots that I know about. Very nive, very fast computer.

Apple Newton MessagePad 120

My Newton 120 has 1MB of storage RAM and NewtonOS v1.3. 1.3 is a bit old now, and 2.0 is much better at everything. The newest NewtOS is 2.1, designed for the Newton 2000 and eMate 300. It's a nice little PDA, but what I REALLY want is an eMate 300!

OK, Steve Jobs isn't my favorite person. I think killing the Newton was the stupidest thing I've seen since Microsoft. He may have been right, but I still don't like it(or him).

Compaq DeskPro 386/20

386 CPU, 5MB RAM and a 60MB IDE hard drive. And it's BIG. Compaq like the tank feel... Must weigh 40lbs. But otherwise a nice computer.

Compaq Portable

This one is a classic. Kinda fancy with a 3.5" hard drive(although just a dinky Seagate ST-125) and a 360k floppy drive, but it still has the old full-height face plates. I think it has an 8086 CPU, I'm not sure how much RAM but it has 384K of RAM on an Everex RAM board. Saved this one from a dumpster, but AFTER the 10 foot or so flight into the opposite end of the dumpster! And amazingly, it still works... Guess the rest of the trash cushioned it :-) Can't say the same for some old mono monitors there were next to it...

DEC PDP-11/84

Go to the PDP-11 page, if it's not up now it's coming soon.

DEC VT-220

A nice dumb terminal, pretty common. $2 at a hamfest because of a bad keyboard, which was soon fixed with a jumper attached to bypass the ugly little pico-fuse they put in there. Not sure what I'll do if it overloads and fries the keyboard, though...

Epson PX-8

The PX-8 has a CMOS-Z80 CPU, 32k Rom and 64k RAM. The OS is CP/M 2.2. There is an internal micro-casette drive, which I have heard is treated as a floppy drive. The PX-8 uses ROM and an external 3.5" floppy drive for storage. My PX-8 has WordStar 1.0 in the ROM socket, I do not have the external drive, I can't get the internal tape drive to work, and I have no manuals, so it's kind of confusing. I did have a few problems with the battery, but it seems to be working fine now. Only two major problems remain, one is that most of the CP/M files that would normally be there are not, since they would take up too much room to fit on the small ROMs, and I can't find a way to access the tape drive.

IBM 3191 terminal

This is a 3270-type mainframe dumb terminal. It seems to be working fine, but I'm not sure since I don't have a mainframe to hook it up to. It has a BNC network connector on the back, but I have no idea what type of network to hook it up to. I have been told the only thing it will work with is an IBM mainframe, but I'm sure I can figure out something. If anyone out there has any experience with the 3191 terminal, email me whatever info you have on it. All that I know is that it is a 3270-type alphanumeric only terminal. Well, at least I have the troubleshooting guide...

IBM Series/1

Follow the link to go to the Series/1 page.

IBM 5150 PC

The IBM model 5150 is the original PC, with an 8088 CPU and several 8-bit ISA slots. There is also a socket for the 8087 FPU. My 5150 has 640k of RAM and a 20MB hard drive. But the most interesting part is the casette port, which was neccesary in a time when floppy drives were several hundred dollars.

IBM 5160 PC-XT

This is another original IBM, much like the above 5150. This one also runs with an Intel 8088 CPU, 640k of RAM and a 20MB hard drive. Fun little machines, both are running newer versions of DOS. No, don't even THINK about trying Windows! OK, so older versions of Windows will run on it. But why bother?

IBM 8550-061 PS/2 Model 50Z

This has a 10MHz 80286, 1MB RAM a 60MB ESDI hard drive and a 1.4MB 3.5" floppy drive. It has three MCA slots and is very easy to get inside of. Two thumb screws on the back hold the case on, and several plastic knobs inside pull up and the entire thing comes apart! I also have two extra CPU's that are missing the RAM, hard drive and floppy drive.

IBM 8580-071 PS/2 Model 80

This PS/2 has a 16MHz 386 and 387, a 70MB ESDI hard drive and a 1.4MB floppy drive. It has a ton of MCA slots, but I can't seem to get them to work. I keep getting errors that say the ADF file doesn't match the card, even though it works in other PS/2's. I'm told there was a problem with some Model 80's that caused this, but I don't know how that could be fixed without replacing the motherboard.

Telic Alcatel

This is a data terminal with built-in modem from France. It has a funny little flip-down AZERTY keyboard, one of those funny looking 220v plugs and an even stranger telephone connector. I can't do anything with it here, but it's fun to sit around and stare at. Maybe if I made some modifications... Reprogram it to print in english, the AZERTY keyboard is fine like it is, change the phone cord, swap a few parts inside the power supply...

Texas Instrument TI-99/4A

I don't remember much about this computer, but I do have all the manuals for it. I'll get more info up later. The TI-99 is a cute little computer with not much RAM and BASIC in ROM. It uses an audio cassete deck and cartridges to store programs. I believe there was also a 5.25" floppy drive available. I haven't use the TI-99 in a long time, but as soon as I get a spare color TV to hook up to it, and some rooms to set it up, I'll take a photo and put it up here.

Wyse WY-99GT

Yowzers! I have a dozen of these things in my basement... An old dumb terminal, they all seem to work OK. I'm just not sure what to do with all of them.

Zenith MasterSport 386SL

Saved this one from a dumpster. 386SX-20, 60MB 2.5" IDE hard drive, 4MB RAM and a 1.4MB 3.5" floppy drive. Even has a VGA port on the back. Keyboard is useable but not the best, LCD display is just plain icky, or maybe it just needs something fixed... Anyways, I'm probably going to turn it into a packet radio station as soon as I find a new battery for it(old battery is dead and won't charge).

Zenith SupersPort 286

This is a picture of my Zenith 286 laptop. It runs fine, but the screen has a rather ugly blue-ish backlight that buzzes loudly, only has a 20MB hard drive of strange design, and expansion beyond 640k means buying a $70 1MB memory module. Otherwise it's a great laptop computer, weighing in at a heavy 15 pounds including battery. And it's not radio-friendly, with a LOT of electrical noise, but it's not nearly as bad as my 33.6k external modem on my PowerMac.

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