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    Default [UK] Fortune 32:16 computer for sale

    As listed on ebay:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/331570796189

    Not tested, just haven't had the time - too many other projects, this one is a bit daunting due to its rarity and several unknowns (eg no circuit diagrams or software archives!).

    I am open to sensible offers if this hasn't sold by Monday 8th June.

    Regards,
    John

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    You haven't taken the lid off! Want to look what the CPU etc looks like.

    It could possible be a re-engineered controller made by HP, the card slots seem to look like them from memory.

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    This should be moved to the auction section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodchips View Post
    You haven't taken the lid off! Want to look what the CPU etc looks like.

    It could possible be a re-engineered controller made by HP, the card slots seem to look like them from memory.
    Sorry for my ignorance, but I can't see an easy way to take the lid off. Looks like one of those clever cases that doesn't use screws, I will have a look again this evening on the base for any obvious screws, but any advice welcome.

    I haven't seen any reference on the web to HP, Fortune Computers came and went in the 1980s, hardware side sold to SCI in 1987:

    https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=...032:16&f=false

    https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=...032:16&f=false

    https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=...032:16&f=false

    Regards,
    John

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    I contracted to Fortune Systems (located in an old Coca-Cola bottling plant in Redwood City, then) doing their monochrome terminal (I still have the prototype PCB, code and early documents). The system is a sui generis 68000 box running Fortune's own port of Unix. A lot of the OS work was done with the cooperation of the then-nascent Sun, with folks like Bill Joy being called upon to contribute from time to time. It was a hotbed of Unix devotees.

    If you want to get the box running, note that Fortune used their own software protection method, so you can't just load any old copy of Fortune Unix onto the machine--each copy is peculiar to each machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodchips View Post
    You haven't taken the lid off! Want to look what the CPU etc looks like.

    It could possible be a re-engineered controller made by HP, the card slots seem to look like them from memory.

    It is it's own thing, nothing HP about it.
    And, the software is locked to the serial number of the machine.

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    Hi,

    I've added a picture of the insides to the listing. Closer inspection revealed:
    - label on the back says its a PS 10 model, so 10MB hard drive.
    - Miniscribe hard drive fitted.
    - Two memory boards, each with 256KB of 4164 RAM making 512kB in total.
    - 68000-8 processor.
    - Label on motherboard gives 1985 date of manufacture.

    It has some household dust from the previous owner, I kept it under wraps, all looks good but has not been powered on so usual caveats apply. No sign of any batteries which is a good thing.

    HTH,
    John

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    Such a machine is being sold in Europe.

    What can I use as an OS if the original Unix is copy-protected?
    Which BSD could possibly run on it? Debian 68k ?

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    You are necro-posting to a 5 year old thread.
    I have acquired several systems since the original thread.
    https://twitter.com/bitsavers/status...21555103674369
    No other software beyond their Unix was ever released.

    The thought of any Linux running on a 8MHz 68000 with less than a megabyte of memory is laughable.
    Even the boot loading process wouldn't fit, much less a system even if you could figure out how to run
    a system with paging on a processor without restartable instructions or a paged MMU
    Last edited by Al Kossow; October 31st, 2020 at 08:44 AM.

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    So if the drive does not work with the original Unix then all is lost?

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