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July 8th, 2017, 04:08 PM
There's a guy in the next town over selling a Cipher F880 half-inch streamer drive with an S100 interface card. It includes a lowboy rack. He's asking $150.

Anyone interested? This is in western Oregon, near (but not in) Eugene.

July 8th, 2017, 04:11 PM

July 8th, 2017, 04:16 PM
Thanks, forgot to post the link!

July 8th, 2017, 04:55 PM
Too far away for me, but you should at least go ostensibly to look at it, to see what else he has.

July 8th, 2017, 05:28 PM
Not for me--I have tape drives--the F880 is, I think limited to 1600 PE.

July 9th, 2017, 12:04 AM
If you rotate and enlarge that photo I think that you'll conclude that's not likely to be an S100-compatible board. Clues:

1. Too tall for width.
2. No voltage regulators.
3. Tongue is symmetrically placed along edge.

While #1 is subjective given the aspect-ratio of the photo and the canted PCB orientation, #2 is pretty definitive and #3 sure looks to be true despite the canted orientation. But YMMV!

July 9th, 2017, 05:30 AM
You're right--it's not S100 (which is why I used the word "claims to be"). If you enlarge the photo and look toward the rear of he board, it's very clearly a PC bracket with what may be a DC-sized (62 pin probably) connector. The bus edge connector appears to be 16 bis ISA. What are probably RAM chips are visible on the front edge of the card.

So, this could be some fun for someone with a PC.

I remember the F880 when I used it on a VAX back in the day. It's an auto-load streamer; very often when a tape wouldn't load you could pull the drive out on its slides and thread the tape manually. Not a bad drive at all, but again, IIRC, limited to 1600 PE density--no 800 NRZ/3200 HD/6250 GCR capability.