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    Hey all! Hoping someone here can shed some light on machine I received a few days ago. It's a Motorola S8000, MVME710K. Having trouble even googling information on it. I posted large photos with my same username on scrapmetalforum. The pics are too large for the attachment feature here. It's a large machine weighing nearly 100lbs and is configured with modules offering 39 various data ports and appears in fine condition from the outside. I haven't opened the case, only loosened a few w modules that all seem to be connected with ribbon wire to interior boards. I am looking to sell it and usually use the "sold items" function on ebay to gauge pricing for systems I'm unfamiliar with like this. But this one is proving difficult. Any help (and offers!) will be much appreciated.

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    That's an 88000 system, isn't it? Interesting CPU architecture; too bad it never took off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    That's an 88000 system, isn't it? Interesting CPU architecture; too bad it never took off.
    Hard for me to guess without opening it up. It has a quality control sticker on it that I think is dated 1987 which would be the year before the m88k came out.

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    https://www.scrapmetalforum.com/more...mainframe.html

    you need to open the front door to see the actual VME cards.
    all you show are the IO cards in the back

    since it is from 1987 it is probably a 68020 unix system

    I'm interested if it has all the cards and disks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Kossow View Post
    https://www.scrapmetalforum.com/more...mainframe.html

    you need to open the front door to see the actual VME cards.
    all you show are the IO cards in the back

    since it is from 1987 it is probably a 68020 unix system

    I'm interested if it has all the cards and disks
    So, what would be a ballpark figure on something like that?
    Surely not everyone was Kung-fu fighting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Kossow View Post
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    you need to open the front door to see the actual VME cards.
    all you show are the IO cards in the back

    since it is from 1987 it is probably a 68020 unix system

    I'm interested if it has all the cards and disks
    Will do when I get in in the morning. Want I should take out cards to confirm it hasn't been stripped at all? And you want I should try to turn it on?

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    unsurprisingly, he just ripped it apart

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-MVM...2/293628465386

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    Well, there you go--maybe our responses should be "It's pure junk--get whatever you can". Silly us for thinking that the guy had any interest in the operation of the thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Kossow View Post
    unsurprisingly, he just ripped it apart

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-MVM...2/293628465386
    Hey there! I did not actually. The same load had two same generation motorola desktop chassis without the exterior casings but with everything else. One of them I disassembled to part out on ebay. The other I haven't done anything with and the mainframe I haven't touched

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    It is just gold scrap in a pile of pieces. One always wonders what people think about these things. "Maybe it will be it will be worth a lot more, if I take it all apart"
    Why would anyone think it was more value as a unit. The guy is a scrapper.
    I had a neighbor that was a scrapper. He had a number of boards that had 80C187s on them. He offered me one for free and I told him he should sell these chips separately. As I recall, at the time these were selling on ebay for about $150 each. They where on STD bus boards with the 80C186 processor as well. He didn't understand what I was talking about and scrapped the boards for the tantalums and the ICs for there gold inside. I doubt he got anywhere near $150 for the entire pile.
    It is the way scrappers think. For scrap, one increases the value by making it into smaller pieces.
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