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tux
October 10th, 2015, 12:56 PM
I'm interested in reading other members comments about those unusual machines. I'm interested in getting a good one and would like to know about what to look for, what to avoid and other quirks. They normally ran HPUX, but made great NeXTSTEP machines due to a graphics technology known as Color Recovery that employs an extremely unusual 8-bit framebuffer to achieve true color video output. Here's a link to a good article:
http://www.bytecellar.com/2005/02/09/my_hp_9000_7126/

gslick
October 10th, 2015, 01:07 PM
I have 4 or maybe 5 of them. I think one 712/80 and one 712/100 and the others 712/60. I think two of them are badged as 16505A, which were originally loaded with a special application on top of HP-UX 9.0x to control HP 16500B/C logic analyzers.

I never tried running anything other than HP-UX.

kev009
January 13th, 2016, 07:29 PM
The /100 can use 192MB RAM while the other two max out at 128MB. They're not too rare on eBay and elsewhere but seem to fetch around $100, possibly because they can run NeXTSTEP.

They're good, small, quiet, not power hungry workstations and you can experiment with NeXTSTEP in addition to HP-UX and BSDs.

http://openpa.net/systems/hp-9000_712.html is one of the best references available, in fact for all PARISC HW.

gslick
January 13th, 2016, 09:54 PM
The /100 can use 192MB RAM while the other two max out at 128MB. They're not too rare on eBay and elsewhere but seem to fetch around $100, possibly because they can run NeXTSTEP.


If someone has a 712/60 or 712/80 there are some 712/100 boards that have been listed on eBay for a while that you could swap in for a faster CPU and larger memory capacity. The listing photo also shows the video memory upgrade installed for 1280x1024 instead of the standard 1024x768.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/172042998933

$60 doesn't seem too bad for an upgrade if someone actually spends any time using a 712/60 or 712/80. I thought about grabbing one, but wouldn't actually use the system often enough to be worth spending more on it.