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    Hi Folks!

    Just won this auction...
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-off-swtp...-/191370482087

    I know nothing about these systems but they just looked interesting. I know of the earlier SWTPC with the 6800 CPU. These come with a 6809. Anybody know what OS they can run? (Flex OS?) and where to get a copy? Anybody got any tips as to what to check / how to get them up and running?

    Cheers,
    Dave

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    You Brits are the luckiest! Two machines for, what, $100? Amazing!

    Vintagecomputermuseum would offer those two machines separately here in the US for $400-$500 each - he seems to be the only person who has SWTPC equipment at this point.

    Connect with this fellow:

    http://www.corshamtech.com

    I believe he is a member here, but I cannot recall his handle. He should be able to point you to resources and offer advice.

    Good luck to you!
    smp
    Last edited by smp; October 19th, 2014 at 11:29 AM. Reason: added link to Corsham Technologies

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    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for the links. I believe they are S/09 systems (Can just make out the model from the photo of the manual)

    To be honest, I was expecting them to go for more than they did. I guess because they are quite uncommon (Especially in the UK) and the fact they were listed as collection only put a lot of people off

    Cheers,
    Dave

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    I can possibly find you a copy of Flex/09 somewhere, it will be on a 3.5" floppy though. You can probably also run OS/9

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS-9

    This is a good place to get other FLEX stuff.

    http://www.evenson-consulting.com/swtpc/Downloads.htm

    I also have paper manuals for FLEX if you need to borrow them. I am in Manchester.
    Dave
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    Nice Snag!

    also see:

    FLEX 2.0 For SWTPC 6800
    www.swtpc.com/mholley/FLEX20/Flex20_Index.htm


    FLEX User Group - Documentation
    www.flexusergroup.com/flexusergroup/fug4.htm


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    Well done moonferret!

    If I had seen that yesterday instead of working you would have had some competition!

    Have a look at http://www.flexusergroup.com/flexusergroup/default.htm for the FLEX OS for the 6809.

    Dave

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    Well done on those.

    I looked at them but as you suggested, the collection only put me off.

    If they hadn't sold I was thinking about trying to buy them but mostly because I haven't seen one before and I hate the thought of this kind of stuff being lost forever.

    It sometimes seems funny that the really rare stuff could be lost because no one knows about it.


    Please post progress reports here. I'm sure we'll all be watching with interest.


    Cheers,

    Andy.

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    http://www.corshamtech.com is BobApplegate here on Vintage Computer
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    Hi Folks!

    Thanks for the extra links and sorry for the lack of updates. I've picked the machines up and progress so far is...

    Keyboards - Doesn't seem to be any keyboard connector on the machines themselves so either cards are missing or they plugged into a terminal / screen. The seller wasn't certain they were even from these machines.

    RTC boards with batteries visible in the photos were pretty much scrap. Batteries had started to leak and had ruined them. They were home made boards with point to point soldering. Luckly, the motherboards have not been damaged.

    CPU boards - Both working but one has a dodgy EPROM. Other is fitted with BASBUG monitor.
    Memory - 64k boards fitted in each.
    Floppy controllers - One good, one bad
    Other - Couple of dual serial boards & parallel cards. Not been able to test video boards as yet (They are made by Smoke Signal Broadcasting)

    So far, I've managed to get GIMIX Flex to boot fine but not really tried anything else yet.

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