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Thread: VT180/Robin Lives!

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    Default VT180/Robin Lives!

    With help from a number of forum members here, my VT180 is up and running!

    Made a trade with one member for the disk drives, another pointed me to the software images, and a third local member imaged the disks for me.

    A much more involved and interesting project than what was originally what looked like a good deal on a VT100 terminal... Thanks to everyone for their help!

    vt_180_1.jpg
    vt_180_2.jpg

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    Fantastic! And you have real RX180 drives! Looks great. The software images are on bitsavers, and I made mine with ImageDisk.

    I am curious who else here also has a working Robin.

    Lou

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    Congrats! It looks great!
    Torfinn

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    Well done. Great looking machine.

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    That's great news.
    I've got one. I have just managed to get a cable for the drives so it's next on the list to play with.
    Leon

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    Very cool! I recently picked up the boards from a Robin, along with a couple of VT-100 terminals (actually VT-125s, judging by the added graphics boards) at a local hamfest. I'm hoping it won't be too hard to find the drives and disks needed to bring it back to life as a full(?) VT-180. I'll be starting my own thread once I take some pictures.
    -Adam

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    Thanks to this thread, I dusted off the VT180 which I got some two years ago.
    I already had one RX150 unit, but the VT180 that I got also included one RX150.
    However, the connection cable from the VT180 to the RX150 was missing.
    I searched the net and found one table. Using that table I made a cable ...
    See www.pdp-11.nl/vt180/vt180-info.html for this "project".

    My first attempt with the RX150 connected did not go well, under the eyes of Jack (Rubin)
    Smoke came out of the RX150, so I quickly turned everything off. We opened the RX150, but although the smoke could not be missed (visually and by smell) there was no apparent damage or charred component visible. Yes, the mains voltage selector was set to 230V, pffff.

    Before I undertake new attempts, I would like to have confirmation that the table is correct.
    Sooooo, if somebody has the BC29K cable, would you be willing to check the pinning?

    Thanks!
    Henk

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    I confess to ignorance, Henk. What's an RX150? Do you mean RX50?

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    Ohh boy, major goof up!
    I mixed up the RX50 floppy drive with the RX180 dual floppy disk unit for the VT180.
    I meant the RX180. Apologies!

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    Henk,

    Please don't blame your smoke on me!
    Good to see you, even if things were a bit cloudy for a while.

    Jack

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