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Some Compupro porn (and bragging)....

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    Some Compupro porn (and bragging)....

    Well, I happened upon a thread on another forum a month or so back, asking if anyone was interested in the parts out of an old computer before it got scrapped. Turned out someone found a compupro 8/16 when cleaning out under their dads desk. Along with a matching dual 8" floppy enclosure. Obviously I need to pull the cards, clean everything up and power up the power supply on a variac before trying to bring it up with the cards in it. But still, even if it needs work, not bad for $50 and the cost of shipping. No manuals, extra cables, software, etc. But it looks to be all compupro boards, inventory to follow later, along with unboxing vids once I have them on YouTube.

    Still, really really excited about this. Mwah ah a haha haha a. OK, Bragging complete. Mwaha.

    I'm also aware that there is at least one other8/16 restoration in progress around here, which is cool.
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    That is really beautiful! So awesome to find something in such great condition.

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      #3
      Indeed! The engineering that went into these systems is pretty amazing to me as well. Especially with regards to the fact that everyone was kind of 'making it up as they went along'. The pioneer nature of a lot of these early computers is part of what I like about them.

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        OMG, what a find! Soooooooooooooooooooooooo beautiful! What's the boards in there? Is there a PC-Video board in it? An M-Drive? An MPX board? OMG, whatever, that's such a cool find and for 50 dollar it's actually theft. Can spot an 8085/80 board on the pic, but the rest is hard to make out from the picture...
        Last edited by kyodai; August 18, 2015, 12:37 PM.

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          Looks like a 8085/8088, pair of Ram 17's, Disk 1 and Interfacer4. Pretty classic CompuPro system, and a tremendous find.

          I'd suspect you should have a system support 1 board also, which would comprise their 816/A "Entry level" system.

          I just recently got a CompuPro system up and running using a floppy emulator (Lotharek).

          Wouldn't worry too much about the power supply, the filter caps were good quality. If you don't have a variac you can use a light bulb in series to limit current initially.

          Disk images are easy to locate (Dave Dunfield's site among other locations), and I can help you with manuals, rom images etc. Hopefully no one has played with the dip switches and they're already set correctly.

          - Gary

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            Sorry for the slow updated, was out sick from work today. Gary has a very keen eye, I think you nailed the board count exactly. I do indeed have a cardiac, and while I know the parts are all excellent quality, even the best capacitors can dry out over a few decades.

            And yes, 50 dollars IS robbery, a fact which I made sure the seller was aware of. It seemed less a case of wanting to turn a buck and more of wanting it to find a good home. so that is my goal. I have a great televideo 925c terminal that will likely get paired with it. I might use an old laptop as well, but it has xp on it, which I rather loathe. Plus, the televideo is just cooler. So far that has gotten most of its use connected to a Linux box for when I want to play Zork in proper green phosphor.... Hmmmmmm. Now I need to find a zmachine interpreter for cP/m......

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