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Some detailed photos of absolutely early Altair 8800

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    Some detailed photos of absolutely early Altair 8800

    Some detailed photos of absolutely early Altair 8800,

    I call it absolutely early, because it produced in 1974, serial: 220023A

    This computer has distinct features that later one not have.

    The shape of back connector slot is different from later produced rev.0 Altair 8800, since later produced rev.0 Altair 8800 have round conner. (see photo below)

    1.jpg

    The fuse also remains stock: (see photo below)

    2.jpg

    The light-yellow colored pillar(card holder) of this absolutely early one is distinct from later produced rev.0 Altair 8800 (see photo below)

    3.jpg



    I will upload more photo later.
    Last edited by leiy; May 13, 2015, 05:16 PM.
    www.worldcommunitygrid.org (World Community Grid: a scientific research projects)
    Altair 8800,1974, one of 1st made, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=229
    Altair 8800 rev.0 SN221148A, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=202
    Altair 8800 rev.0 SN221876K, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=77 most detailed photos
    Here's Altair 8800 rev.0 survivors list for reference: http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=144

    #2
    more high definition photo:




    And finally I get the full front panel.....


    Almost new, I'm wordless.


    The PSU, almost new....


    Particular details: right side cable of CPU board, 23th style


    Right side of PSU


    The CPU board with stock C8080 K9897


    Photo shot at CPU board at different angle


    Inside view: left side of front panel
    Last edited by leiy; May 13, 2015, 05:27 PM.
    www.worldcommunitygrid.org (World Community Grid: a scientific research projects)
    Altair 8800,1974, one of 1st made, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=229
    Altair 8800 rev.0 SN221148A, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=202
    Altair 8800 rev.0 SN221876K, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=77 most detailed photos
    Here's Altair 8800 rev.0 survivors list for reference: http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=144

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      #3
      I tested the machine with program below, It function perfectly.

      As far as I know, there have a FDC+ board exist, that can bring this stock computer to full fledge.






      I'm finally, no hesitate.

      Thank God for giving me the opportunity to have this computer.
      Last edited by leiy; May 13, 2015, 05:50 PM.
      www.worldcommunitygrid.org (World Community Grid: a scientific research projects)
      Altair 8800,1974, one of 1st made, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=229
      Altair 8800 rev.0 SN221148A, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=202
      Altair 8800 rev.0 SN221876K, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=77 most detailed photos
      Here's Altair 8800 rev.0 survivors list for reference: http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=144

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        #4
        SERIAL NO. 220023A

        23th produced. I strongly believe it was produced at the same time & same place with NO.220001A, although I have no way to find NO.220001A.



        *below the 23th altair is a rev.0 Altair Disk
        www.worldcommunitygrid.org (World Community Grid: a scientific research projects)
        Altair 8800,1974, one of 1st made, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=229
        Altair 8800 rev.0 SN221148A, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=202
        Altair 8800 rev.0 SN221876K, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=77 most detailed photos
        Here's Altair 8800 rev.0 survivors list for reference: http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=144

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          #5
          Wow, that is gorgeous! Would be keen to learn the story behind this system. How did you acquire it? How is it still so pristine?

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            #6
            Awesome. Are you going to fix the slight ding on the top cover in the back. From the eBay pics it doesn't look like any paint is actually damaged so maybe a dent less paint guy can fix by heating up the paint to be flexible and working the debt out?

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              #7
              Originally posted by sgifanatic View Post
              Wow, that is gorgeous! Would be keen to learn the story behind this system. How did you acquire it? How is it still so pristine?
              I'm acquired it from ebay. And I believe the original owner remains the machine in stock configuration and keep it in dry and clean environment, that is the reason its looks like so pristine.

              Thank you.
              Last edited by leiy; May 14, 2015, 08:57 PM.
              www.worldcommunitygrid.org (World Community Grid: a scientific research projects)
              Altair 8800,1974, one of 1st made, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=229
              Altair 8800 rev.0 SN221148A, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=202
              Altair 8800 rev.0 SN221876K, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=77 most detailed photos
              Here's Altair 8800 rev.0 survivors list for reference: http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=144

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                #8
                Originally posted by Corey986 View Post
                Awesome. Are you going to fix the slight ding on the top cover in the back. From the eBay pics it doesn't look like any paint is actually damaged so maybe a dent less paint guy can fix by heating up the paint to be flexible and working the debt out?
                There has some dent on the right side back of top cover, I‘m planning to let a professional man to do the sheet metal work.

                Thank you.
                www.worldcommunitygrid.org (World Community Grid: a scientific research projects)
                Altair 8800,1974, one of 1st made, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=229
                Altair 8800 rev.0 SN221148A, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=202
                Altair 8800 rev.0 SN221876K, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=77 most detailed photos
                Here's Altair 8800 rev.0 survivors list for reference: http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=144

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                  #9
                  Cool. Then it will be perfect!!!

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                    #10
                    Congrats - great find!

                    Mike

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by leiy View Post
                      SERIAL NO. 220023A

                      23th produced. I strongly believe it was produced at the same time & same place with NO.220001A, although I have no way to find NO.220001A.



                      *below the 23th altair is a rev.0 Altair Disk
                      I suspect if any of us found Altair #1 we would not be able to afford it. Some years ago Colt SAA #1 was found in a barn. It is literally priceless. But you can see pictures of it here:

                      http://www.historicalfirearms.info/p...y-in-1872-colt
                      "It's all bits on the bus, Cowboy! It's all bits on the bus!" -- Tom Beck, #1ESS Instructor, Southern Bell Opa Locka Training Center

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Corey986 View Post
                        Cool. Then it will be perfect!!!
                        Thank you, I will do as best as I can to restoration.
                        www.worldcommunitygrid.org (World Community Grid: a scientific research projects)
                        Altair 8800,1974, one of 1st made, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=229
                        Altair 8800 rev.0 SN221148A, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=202
                        Altair 8800 rev.0 SN221876K, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=77 most detailed photos
                        Here's Altair 8800 rev.0 survivors list for reference: http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=144

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by deramp5113 View Post
                          Congrats - great find!

                          Mike
                          Thank you.

                          And I'm now looking for a 1702A EPROM programmer for restoration purposes.
                          www.worldcommunitygrid.org (World Community Grid: a scientific research projects)
                          Altair 8800,1974, one of 1st made, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=229
                          Altair 8800 rev.0 SN221148A, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=202
                          Altair 8800 rev.0 SN221876K, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=77 most detailed photos
                          Here's Altair 8800 rev.0 survivors list for reference: http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=144

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by DDS View Post
                            I suspect if any of us found Altair #1 we would not be able to afford it. Some years ago Colt SAA #1 was found in a barn. It is literally priceless. But you can see pictures of it here:

                            http://www.historicalfirearms.info/p...y-in-1872-colt

                            The #1, I suppose is not looks like photos on Popular Electronic Magazine cover. The #2, I spotted on video of Triumph of The Nerds. But questions about this #2 machine emerge, the backside of "#2 Altair" on this video is actually from a 8800b or 8800BT.

                            Thanks for sharing about 1872 colt, that's beautiful. Maybe #1 Altair will find in a barn some day.
                            Last edited by leiy; May 14, 2015, 08:54 PM.
                            www.worldcommunitygrid.org (World Community Grid: a scientific research projects)
                            Altair 8800,1974, one of 1st made, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=229
                            Altair 8800 rev.0 SN221148A, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=202
                            Altair 8800 rev.0 SN221876K, http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=77 most detailed photos
                            Here's Altair 8800 rev.0 survivors list for reference: http://www.vintage-computer.net/?p=144

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                              #15
                              In this context, would the #1 Altair be the one that first shipped which never arrived? The one without an Altair bus (S100)? Or is #1 considered the next one, which didn't disappear and was reworked to have the bus.

                              -Tor

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