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    Bi-Tran Six

    Anyone ever hear of a Bi-Tran Six trainer computer. I have a working unit that has actual working core memory. I power it up and se to run and all sorts of lights blink. There are 8 panels in it that can be raised to access test points. Everything seems to be working and it looks like something you may have seen in old 60's scifi movies. I was hoping to get more information on it as to figure out what I can do with it.

    #2
    Never heard of it. But, wow, I'd love to have a computer that uses core memory.

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      #3
      I've never heard of it, but I'd like to see some pix. Gotta love the name tho.

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      Last edited by Terry Yager; June 24, 2006, 10:15 AM.
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        #4
        I saw nothing on google, just results for...well, it's best unsaid. Like Terry, I'd like to see some pics!
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          #5
          Originally posted by atari2600a
          I saw nothing on google, just results for...well, it's best unsaid. Like Terry, I'd like to see some pics!
          Lemme guess...Bi-sexual Trans-gendered websites? (I didn't even bother to google it)...

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            #6
            Yes, but Mbbrutman gets all pissed off at me because of the slightest stuff, like the ancronym WT_ (<<<F).
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              #7
              I dunno, he might bit-slap me too, but when I first saw the header, that's exactly what I expected to find. Didn't know there was actually a vintage computer by that name.

              --T
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                #8
                Well, anyways, I actually got a million results leading to the same forgein website & said "Gay-Bi-tran-les" or something very similar.
                http://trs80hack.ytmnd.com/ YTMND: TRS-80 Hacking Secrets Revealed!!!

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                  #9
                  Mebbe it's just my dirty mind...

                  --T
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                    #10
                    Yah I know

                    Got the same thing when I tried to google it. I am not trying to lead anyone astray, that is just what it is called. Attached a file with picture of the unit, after dropping the size to fit looks a little grainy.
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                      #11
                      another picture

                      Here is another picture of the bottom corner, note the name.
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                        #12
                        Wow, that looks nothing but extremely valueble, & fun to play with!
                        http://trs80hack.ytmnd.com/ YTMND: TRS-80 Hacking Secrets Revealed!!!

                        There are 10 types of people in this world: Those who understand binary, & those who don't.

                        http://mtac.profusehost.net/
                        http://mtac.profusehost.net/forum/index.php

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                          #13
                          <Drooling> Wow! Very kewl...

                          --T
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                            #14
                            I've programmed two of them...

                            I know this thread is a little old for a reply, but I just came across it... I first saw the Bi-Tran Six in about 1971-72 -- I was in fifth grade at the time. Our local school district had two of them, and I was invited to view a demonstration of the machines as I was interested in computers. When I was in eleventh grade, I took a computer programming class, and the same two Bi-Trans were still in use, and were one of the machine types we were required to write programs for. It was my first exposure to Octal numbering, as the six bits were typically grouped as a word consisting of two, three-bit nibbles. If I remember correctly, the op-codes were also documented as Octal. The Bi-Tran couldn't do much, but the lights gave you a good view of what was happening in the registers. I still contend that understanding this machine gave you a good background for programming many types of simple embedded microprocessors -- I think this machine may have a Harvard architecture. The last I saw of the two Bi-Trans was in the mid 1980s, when they could have been mine for the asking -- unfortunately, I didn't ask -- I suspect they ended up as dumpster fodder along with a PDP-8...

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                              #15
                              Ooooooo, I just love lights on the front. Reason I loved the IBM 1130, it had tons o' lights.

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