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    Default Canadian PDP-8 clone from Consolidated Computer Inc.

    Is anyone here familiar with the PDP-8 clone/compatible made by Consolidated Computer Inc in Canada.

    I have recently acquired one in a 19" floor standing cabinet with a 9 track tape drive in another cab.

    I have searched around but can't find anything out about these machines. Does anyone know anything about them?


    Thanks,

    Andy.

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    Consolidated Computer Inc is known for a keyedit system and terminals (I believe falter has one here). You can see a picture of the main unit here: https://ingeniumcanada.org/ingenium/...=1995.0676.001

    Do you have any pictures you can share?

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    Hi,

    Here are a few photos.
    I haven't had a chance to get a good look at it yet but hopefully in the next few days I will.

    In the meantime any clue will be gratefully received


    Cheers,

    Andy.

    image2.jpgimage3.jpgIMG_20190929_131910316.jpgIMG_20190929_131957117.jpg

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    Here are a few more photos.

    IMG_20191002_195417966.jpg

    Here's a look at the board labelled "Accumulator". The logo on the top left corner is that of Consolidated Computer Inc. (CCI) so I'm assuming that they made it.

    IMG_20191002_202026895.jpgIMG_20191002_202042853.jpg

    Ampex made the two core memory boards ut if you look and the label it shows a customer part number and that starts with CCI so, again it points to CCI making the machines themselves (or getting things made for them)

    IMG_20191002_200838230.jpg



    I'd previously wondered if they had a re-homed PDP-8m but it looks like they made their own machine.


    Interesting stuff...


    Andy.

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    Thanks for posting the pics. Very interesting.

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    Yes, that's going to keep you busy !

    Just had a hunt round myself for documentation - and drew a blank.

    Dave

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