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    Question Data General Nova 1230

    A relative recently passes away, and in storage he had a Data General Nova 1230, and a few Computek 200 terminals that he has salvaged in early 80s. (along with a few boxes of DG/Computek boards) It has not been touched in 40 years.

    I do would want to send it to the scrap heap if people would find it useful, but not sure what to do with it. Are there places to go to sell/donate these systems? Should I try powering it up first?

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    Where are you?

    Don't try to power any of it up

    Here is what I found for the Computek
    Actual pictures would be helpful.
    Screen Shot 2018-11-29 at 8.31.08 AM.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Kossow View Post
    Where are you?

    Don't try to power any of it up

    Here is what I found for the Computek
    Actual pictures would be helpful.
    Screen Shot 2018-11-29 at 8.31.08 AM.jpg
    Here are some pic of the system. I am in Pennsylvania. I have to dig it our from where it is stored to get better images of the terminals/system.

    I have not attempted to power anything on. It has not been booted in almost 40 years, and I am afraid i would fry something.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/Yh3LxXk7HyLej8Ep6

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    Quote Originally Posted by td1 View Post
    A relative recently passes away, and in storage he had a Data General Nova 1230, and a few Computek 200 terminals that he has salvaged in early 80s. (along with a few boxes of DG/Computek boards) It has not been touched in 40 years.

    I do would want to send it to the scrap heap if people would find it useful, but not sure what to do with it. Are there places to go to sell/donate these systems? Should I try powering it up first?
    The VCF East museum is in Wall, NJ which is probably a 7 hour drive from where you are. There is also a museum near Bryn Mawr, PA and you might look and see if Carnegie Mellon University has anything like that as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Kossow View Post
    Where are you?
    Dave McGuire is local to you
    http://q7.neurotica.com/LSSM/

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    Dave McGuire is the one to contact:

    http://largescalesystemsmuseum.org/

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    Quote Originally Posted by mloewen View Post
    Dave McGuire is the one to contact:

    http://largescalesystemsmuseum.org/
    I'll third that motion - Dave is a good guy!

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    Dave would definitely be my first choice,he also knows the folks at the VCF, InfoAge, Wall, New Jersey who co-manage these boards. Also relatively near are http://www.ricomputermuseum.org/
    Dave
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    Quote Originally Posted by mloewen View Post
    Dave McGuire is the one to contact:

    http://largescalesystemsmuseum.org/
    Agreed. I'm probably the "DG Guy" for LSSM as far as repairing goes, as I was a senior repair tech / part time interface board designer for a company that sold Novas (mostly 3's, some older) for typesetting, and also managed hardware / software for an Eclipse S/200 for many years (and ended up being appointed the software maintainer for RDOS / XBASIC after submitting one too many STRs to DG).

    There's a bunch of more modern DG stuff on the main exhibit floor, which I have to get going at some point - on my last visit I was working on the VAX 750 (bad inner-layer conductor on the backplane, now working 100% and booting VMS) and 780 (many, many issues which caused it not to even get to the LSI console, now successfully coming up as a VAX, able to access main memory, and get to the point of selecting a MSCP disk with VMB - now waiting on some floppies to be imaged to get it going 100%). I believe there are older DG systems in the non-public areas, but I'd have to ask Dave what he has back there (for large values of 'there', as they say).

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