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LuigiThirty
April 23rd, 2017, 04:33 PM
I bought an HP 3000 MicroXE recently for a dollar at a government auction. It's two units built into a rolling case, the two at the top of the HP museum page. (http://www.hpmuseum.net/display_item.php?hw=789) It powers up and everything lights up, but I don't have any clue how to get it to do anything else. There are approximately ten thousand cables and plugs in the back and, uh, I'm not sure where to start to see if it works. Does anyone have any experience with these and can point me in the right direction?

bear
April 24th, 2017, 10:17 AM
I had a similar experience with a later machine. Perhaps this will help.

http://www.typewritten.org/Projects/HP/3235a23957.html

harry
April 24th, 2017, 02:37 PM
Hello LuigiThirty,

Some time ago I spent a lot of time resurrecting a 3000 series 37, With much help from John at the HP museum, I suggest you take a look at the excellent product documents which are available to download from the museum site, together with a suitable terminal and keyboard, you should be able to carry out some self tests, and see if the internal boards are functioning, If all is good, then take a look at perhaps using a simulator as storage, to run a version of MPE, as available via the HP museum. Hope you have luck getting your HP running, There is not much in the way of spares available, at least not at the time when I needed things.
best of luck
Harry

mloewen
April 27th, 2017, 08:53 PM
The CE manual for this machine is on Bitsavers:

https://www.mirrorservice.org/sites/www.bitsavers.org/pdf/hp/3000/ce_handbooks/30457-90039_HP_3000_Series_37_CE_Handbook_Feb89.pdf

If you get tired of fighting with it, I've been trying to find one of the old HP 3000s for quite some time. I'd be happy to take it off your hands. :-)

commodorejohn
April 27th, 2017, 10:10 PM
Heh, the HP 3000s always seemed like they'd be fun to play around with if I could only justify the space. Nice find!

LuigiThirty
April 28th, 2017, 02:40 PM
My dream was an IBM machine of some kind but an HP 3000 is fine too. I'll see if I can connect to it now that I know what I'm looking for.


The CE manual for this machine is on Bitsavers:

https://www.mirrorservice.org/sites/www.bitsavers.org/pdf/hp/3000/ce_handbooks/30457-90039_HP_3000_Series_37_CE_Handbook_Feb89.pdf

If you get tired of fighting with it, I've been trying to find one of the old HP 3000s for quite some time. I'd be happy to take it off your hands. :-)

It weighs a ton and is huge, I don't know how I would ship it anywhere. If it wasn't on a rolling case I wouldn't be able to get it anywhere.