Giga's Computer Museum

HOME
COMPUTERS
HACKERS

Most Some pictures on this page were blatantly stolen from several webpages.

See press articles about my collection.

See my collection of hacker stuff.

I always said I'd graduate without having had an IBM compatible. I didn't succeed however, I wrote my master's thesis on a second hand XT system (in 1994). Here's an overview of all systems I have in the attic (and many that I've had but sold/traded). They are all in working condition unless stated otherwise. It's really funny to see how this computer thing got out of hand. It started by upgrading systems and keeping the old parts. Then people gave their old stuff to me. (In general) I don't buy systems, I get them for free. My hobby is to get them to work again, re-install an OS, and learn how they work. You might say I'm an expert in booting weird systems :)

In 2003, my attic was (becoming) full. I threw out (i.e. sold/tried to sell) quite a few systems and started specialising on UNIX systems. In 2005 the same thing happened, and I specialised further on Sun systems. Systems I don't have anymore have a gray bullet. I did keep some interesting/special non-UNIX systems. If you are interested in any of these, for a trade (for Sun stuff) or money, contact me.

I've also started to collect software (mainly OSes) which I transfer from 1/2", QIC, 4mm or 8mm tape to CD-ROM and harddisk. Software has the big advantage of not needing so much storage space.. I also collect memorabilia (wafers, CPUs, paper tape, RL02 diskpack, acoustic modem, pluggable unit, core memory, punch cards, ADM-3a, parts from Philips PETER, Electrologica X-8, MC ARMAC, Ultrix "Live Free Or Die" license plates, etc).

I have so much weird hardware that I can now read all sorts of media: 3.5" floppies (DD,HD,ED, Apple Mac), 5.25" floppies (DD,HD,QD), 8" floppies , QIC tapes (up to 1GB uncompressed), DDS/DDS-2/DDS-3 tapes, DAT tapes, CompacTape II (TK70), CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, SyQuest removable harddisks (88MB, 200MB), 5.25" MO disks (650MB), 9 track tapes (800, 1600, 3200, 6250tpi), DLT tapes (up to 15GB uncompressed), paper tape, ZIP drive, JAZ drive and various home computer tape formats (compact cassette/micro).

Personal favourites: NeXTcube turbo dimension, Sun 2/50.

1 * 1978: Exidy Sorcerer. 4 KB RAM, 4 KB ROM, only black and white and no sound. I played with this system in 1978 when my father borrowed it from his employer for a week. Years later, I bought that exact system from his employer and I still have it. The people at my fathers company were very impressed with what my brother and I had programmed (we were 14 and 8 at that time). This Sorcerer is an oldy, it's made in the USA, the back says it's running at 110V but the label on the bottom says 220V (which is correct). Later, Compudata started selling Exidy systems in the Netherlands.

2 * 1985: MSX1 (Philips VG8020), home computer, 64 KB RAM, Z80 system. The first computer I owned. I learned Z80 assembly on this one and I still have one (though not my own, which my brother got in 1987). I remember it took some convincing before my parents bought one for me :)

- 1987: MSX2 (Philips VG8235/00), home computer, started out with 128 KB RAM. This is also a Z80 system. I soldered a lot of stuff in this computer: extra 128 KB of memory, extra ROM (an EPROM with a self-written program), a Z80H so it would run on 7 Mhz and other stuff. Later it was modified from MSX2 to MSX2+. My MSX2+ was MSX-DOS 2.11 file-compatible and CP/M compatible. I even used it to write Turbo Pascal programs for the university. This computer I sold when I desperately needed money. Stupid me. Sob. I had an FM-PAC, a Music Module with keyboard, modem, lightpen etc.

- 1994: Ahrend Super PC, a 8088 XT with 8087, CGA, monochrome monitor and only 512 KB RAM. It had a 20 MB harddisk. This is the system I bought (2nd hand) a few months before my graduation, making me not keep my promise of graduating without PC. I ran UUCP software (Waffle) on this system to host my domain giga.win.tue.nl and connect to BBSes. After the harddisk crashed (a few times during my graduation even..) I sold the floppy drive and coprocessor and the rest of it has slowly died.

- 1994: IBM 8150A mini (uniprocessor) with printer (3208-2), tape drive (8809), 8" floppy, 2 64MB harddisks (8102) and a bunch of terminals (8775). This filled up one big room and pulled about 10 Ampere. I had no operating system so I chopped it up into pieces, sold the parts and threw away the remains (it had been running DPPX/SP). The only things left are the processor, the front panel and the looks on people's faces when I tell them I had an IBM mainframe in the sched :-) I should have made pictures of the monster.. The terminals came in very handy when we were having a BBQ: they made great chairs ;-)

- 1994: 386DX40 with 387, SVGA, 210 MB HD and a 14k4 modem. I bought this one (2nd hand) when I graduated and installed FreeBSD 1.1.5.1 on it. It also had a 5 MB DOS partition (yes kids, you could run an OS on a 5MB -not 5GB- partition). I put in a new motherboard (see 486DX66 item).

- 1994: A professional 2650 system, without keyboard/screen. This system used to control machines in a factory of Philips Lighting. The system is called 'Micro Computer Systeem Light (MCSL)'. Its primary use is real-time I/O but I haven't gotten around to actually doing anything with it (it not having a screen connected and only taking input from pre-programmed EPROMs makes this a difficult system to work with). I threw it away in 2003.

3 * 1995: 486DX66, Fast IDE/Fast I/O, Fast SCSI2, Toshiba CDROM player, 210 and 258 MB IDE HD, 100 and 80 MB SCSI HD, SoundBlaster AWE32, WD8003 Ethernet card and 14k4 modem. This machine was giga.giga.nl. I started with FreeBSD 1.1.5.1 and upgraded to 2.0, 2.1, 2.1.5, 2.2.1, 2.2.5, 4.4, 4.5, 4-STABLE. End '95 I put in a 2MB Stealth PCI video card and installed MS-DOS (yes, games.. otherwise I wouldn't be using the Soundblaster you see :) Februari '96 it was time for a CPU upgrade (DX4-100) and some extra RAM (total 16MB). In May 1996 I bought a 1GB SCSI harddisk for FreeBSD 2.1. I was also tired of having 5 disks in my machine (for a total of 0.8GB..). With RAM prices dropping I bought 32MB in October 1996 making the grand total 40MB. I also bought a single-speed SCSI CDROM player so I don't have to swap CDs that often :) and swapped the ethernet card with that of my 386 system (WD8013). Later, after my 1GB disk crashed I got wise and bought a Tandberg SCSI 1.2GB tape drive to be able to make backups. To install my Zyxel Omni TA128 ISDN adapter I also had to install a serial card. I sold the Zyxel when my wife got a Cisco 765 ISDN router, and the SoundBlaster when I bought a dedicated games PC in 1998. In 1999 the Ethernet card died (replaced with a PCI card) and I swapped 2 IDE drives for 2 SCSI ones (total 2GB). It then had 1GB + 2GB + 8GB (SCSI). The QIC tape was swapped for a 2GB Exabyte unit and later a DDS-2 12-tape changer. The 8GB disk died later. When I started using a cable modem I put in an extra 2GB disk to ease the transition from FreeBSD 2.2.5 to 4.4, and swapped the 10Mbps ethernet for 3 100Mbps ethernet cards (external net, internal net and wireless net). I bought a 40GB disk to hold my CD collection which I converted to MP3 (lot of work!). My Audiotron played these MP3s over the net in the living room (if you have an Audiotron, use the digital output, as the analog output is of very poor quality). (Now I have a Squeezebox 2.) The CD-ROM player was swapped with a Philips CDD3600 rewriter on which I make daily incremental backups.
The system was my UUCP server, Samba server, NFS server, login server, INN server, NTP server, firewall, backup server etc. for years. It ran a GRE IP tunnel to tunnel a /28 network and tunnels a /60 IPv6 network. Not bad for a 486 eh? A make buildworld takes about 24 hours.
End 2002, the thing started crashing at regular intervals. I suspected a hardware problem. So with pain in my hard, I said goodbye to my faithful 486 after 7.5 years of duty (24hrs/day) and bought a Celeron (see 2002 Celeron item) to become the new giga.giga.nl. Then I found out the crashes were not hardware-related after all... so this baby is still in excellent condition (although not my gateway anymore). In 2003, I made this my second conversion system, with 3.5" HD and 5.25" DD floppies, CDROM and 15GB DLT III XT, running FreeBSD 5.0.

- 1995: An Atari 2600 junior games computer. I sold it in 2003.

- 1995: An ai-M16. This is an old (1983) system from the Japanese firm AI Electronics. It is a 8086/8087 system that runs ai-KUDOS86 (a UNIX version). It supports up to 6 terminals and has an 8" floppy drive plus 2 winchester drives. It was the first UNIX system at the Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht. It still boots! Since the terminals were so big I threw them all away except for one. I gave it a good new home in 2005.

4 * 1995: A Sun Sparcstation 1 (a/k/a Sun 4/60), 16MB RAM, 380MB and 100 MB harddisks. It has been running NetBSD 1.1 and Solaris 2.4 but I switched to SunOS 4.1.4 (which I feel more comfortable with) and later OpenBSD which struck me as being a great OS. It has been on the net for a year as www.timewasters.nl (before replacing it with my Sparcbook). The 380MB disk broke in 2002, so I took out both discs, put in a 1GB one and reinstalled SunOS 4.1.4 on it.

5 * 1996: A TVG-4 game computer (a clone of the well-known pong game).

- 1996: A Sun 3/280, 24MB RAM, an 800MB and a 570MB harddisk, plus an optical disk. This is phcoms.giga.nl. I gave away the 570MB disk and threw away the optical disk since I had no media. It ran SunOS 4.1.1 fine until 2002, when I sold the system to a Korean company who are still using a Sun 3/280 in a production environment and wanted a spare. Isn't it great to have a 15-year old system still working?. I used the money to finally buy a NeXTcube.

6 * 1996: A Sun 3/80, 8MB, diskless with a MG4 framebuffer. I finally was able to solder batteries to the (dead) NVRAM and get it working. It boots SunOS 4.1.1 from my FreeBSD machine.

- 1996: A Telebit Netblazer, which is a system that can hook upto 16 modems to an Ethernet. Because of the special BIOS and processor which is soldered on the motherboard, this is of little use. I threw it away except for the DigiBoard.

- 1996: A Digital VAXstation 2000. It only had a 40MB disk so instead of wasting a lot of time getting a working OS on it, I donated it to somebody else right away.

7 * 1997: 2 Philips P2000T computers with 48KB RAM (top of the bill) with a lot of tapes with games and other stuff. I have only 1 left now. I first used the P2000T in 1982, when I wrote a text-adventure that didn't fit in the 16KB that particular system had :-)

- 1997: an Atari 1040STf (standard thing with SM124 screen). Finally, I can play MegaRoids! But I'm still looking desperately for an Asteroid Arcade systems (standalone thing found in Arcade halls). (Update 2005: I bought a real Asteroid Arcade cabinet!) I sold the Atari in 2003.

- 1997: A Sun 3/80, 8MB, diskless, as the one metioned above. I gave it away in 1999 to make room for new systems.

8 * 1997: A Texas Instruments TI-58c programmable calculator. Unfortunately, the memory is broken, bits will flip.

- 1997: A TI99/4A, a 16-bit homecomputer from around 1982. It was the first computer to impress me with its speech synthesizer (which sounds terribly outdated these days). I acquired a speech synthesizer in 2001.

- 1997: Some Philips demonstrative system for VideoText, model NMS4000. I sold it in 2003.

- 1998: An inflatable Silicon Graphics O2 system. Mail me for the funny story with SGI tech support :) (they have a great sense of humour). In 2003, I got a real O2. I sold the O2 in 2005.

- 1998: A Philips P2000C computer. A transportable Z80 system from 1983, based on the P2000, with 2 5.25" drives (640KB each) and a built-in 9" screen. It has 64KB RAM and runs CP/M. I sold it in 2005.

9 * 1998: A Sun ELC (a/k/a Sun 4/25) with 16MB RAM and b/w screen and 600MB of diskspace. And not just an anonymous ELC, it's the old ELC Wietse Venema used to work on at the Eindhoven University of Technology. To honour that fact, it's called wsbs06.giga.nl (it was originally called wsbs06.bs.win.tue.nl).

- 1998: An Apple Macintosh LC II 8/40 with 14" screen and a Mac LC II 4/80. I both traded them for other stuff.

- 1998: An Apple Macintosh IIvi 5/80 with A4 monochrome screen. I gave away the screen. It has 8MB memory, 80MB harddisk and is running MacOS 7.5.1. I am trying to install A/UX, but the A/UX boot floppy has MacOS 7.1 which won't boot. Later I found out this system won't run A/UX at all. I traded it for a Mac Quadra 700 in 2004.

10 * 1998: Another P2000T. Never used, still in the original box! :-)

- 1998: An IBM PC (512KB, model 5150, the original!). Apart from the original 5.25" drive this system is enhanced with a second drive and a 10MB harddisk. It has the 5151 monochrome monitor. I sold it in 2003.

11 * 1998: A Signetics Instructor 50. This system was designed to teach working with the 2650 processor. It has 2KB ROM and 640 bytes of RAM and an 8-digit LED display. It was made in 1978. With this system, I had my first programming experience in the '70s!

12 * 1998: A 3COM Palm III handheld (19Mhz dragonball, 2MB RAM). The calibration is not quite alright any more. I have another Palm III of which the touchscreen doesn't work anymore. That's why I bought a Sony Clié.

- 1998: An Atari Mega ST 1, with 30MB harddisk, 2nd 3.5" floppy drive and a Mac and 286 emulator (using extra hardware). I sold it in 2003.

- 1998: An HP Apollo 9000/433t system with 200MB drive. I put in a bigger disk (1GB) and installed OpenBSD on it. It has a 1280x1024 20" screen so that makes a nice workstation. Originally, it was running Domain Aegis (which is still on the 200MB disk). In 2003, I got a broken Apollo 9000/425t, from which I took some extra memory, now this system has 40MB of RAM! The video card is an A1416A (OpenBSD sees it as 'topcat0'), and it has a token ring card as well. I sold it in 2005.

- 1998: An Apollo 3550, which runs Domain Aegis and has a 600MB drive. I traded it in 2004.

- 1998: An Acorn Atom, which I traded for a DAI in 1999 (listed further below).

13 * 1998: Yeah! Finally bought a new computer (well, some parts that together with some parts I already had form a complete system). It's an AMD K6-2 360 (running at 380Mhz) on an Asus P5-A motherboard, 64MB RAM, 4GB disk, Viper 550 (TNT) videocard, old CDROM/ethernet, DVD player, SoundBlaster Live!, force feedback steering wheel, SCSI CD-ROM burner (Philips CDD522) and SCSI CD-rewriter (Philips CDD3600), MPEG-2 decoder card. This was zoei.giga.nl until my wife got a faster system.
I found out there is exactly 1.5 years between being the fastest system around, and being the minimum configuration for games. In 2001, I bought 256MB RAM (only 50 guilders :) and a 100Mbps network card. In 2001, I bought a Yamaha CDR8424S SCSI CD rewriter and put the CDD3600 in giga.giga.nl. I also bought a Miro DC10+ video capture card, and in 2002 a 60GB drive to store video, which the BIOS doesn't understand. The system is now my Sun2 bootserver, (my wife has a new system that replaces 'zoei').

- 1999: A Sharp MZ800 system with tape and a 2.8" quickdisc. I sold it in 2003.

- 1999: 2 Acorn Electron systems, one with the Plus1 (which I gave away in 1999), and one with both Plus1 and Plus3 (3.5" floppy drive). I sold it in 2003.

- 1999: an HP 9000 model 712/60 system (codename Gecko). 1GB disk, 64MB memory, running HP-UX 10.10. I upgraded it to 10.20, there's no OpenBSD/NetBSD/Linux support for the PA-RISC architecture. (Note: since 2002, there is a port of Debian GNU/Linux). I took this system to the Chaos Communication Camp in Berlin, August 1999. When my Sparcbook blew up, I replaced it with this system to host the timewasters.nl stuff. I gave it away in 2005.

- 1999: a DAI computer (from around 1983). With stereo sound. And, it was unused when I got it! This Belgium system became popular in the Netherlands thanks to a TV course in computing. I traded it in 2005.

- 1999: an Epson PX-8 (from 1985). This is a laptop with a 480x64 dots LCD screen running CP/M. It has 64KB RAM and a built-in micro cassette recorder and 2 32KB ROM slots. I put in new batteries, now it's working again. I have brought it to conferences to type reports. I like the way people look at me ;-) Unfortunately, it displays only 8 lines of text and vi wants at least 9.. I traded it for an Apple LISA pin in 2004.

- 1999: Another Commodore 64 (original version), but this one came with a 1541-II diskdrive. The sound chip was broken, so I put in the one from my previous C64. I sold this C64 in 2003.

- 1999: A Tadpole SPARCbook 3 with a dead battery. This is a 50Mhz SPARC system in notebook format. 810MB disk, 64MB memory. It has been www.timewasters.nl (running OpenBSD 2.5) for a long time until a power spike in Amsterdam made the system blow up!! It is such a shame because this was (at the time of buying) one monster machine! My HP9000/712 replaced this system as webserver. It won't work on battery, and the disk is also physically dead.

- 1999: A micro-VAX II, with 3 disks (2 RA54 and 1 RA51), a TK50 tape, Ethernet and 12MB of memory. It was running VMS 5.5 but I installed Ultrix 4.0 on it, because that's what was running on the first UNIX machine I ever logged on to (the tuerc5.urc.tue.nl). I took this thing with me to the HAL'2001 hacker conference where it was running my website (I was impressed with the performance! Compiling and interactive work was slow but the webserver did well). A nice side-effect was that the uVAX heated my tent for me. :-D I traded the system in 2005.

- 1999: A Commodore VIC-20. It got its name from the VIC chip that's in it (Video Interface Chip). It's actually faster than a Commodore 64. I sold it in 2003.

- 1999: A Philips VG8245 MSX2 computer. This system resembles the VG8235 I once had. This one has a 720KB diskdrive and 128KB RAM standard. My 8235 had that too, after I built it in :) I traded it for other stuff.

- 1999: A Sinclair QL 128 (Quantum Leap), with a stunning 512KB of memory (the maximum that fits), 2 microdrives and 2 floppy drives (3.5"). Unfortunately, it is unusable as the keyboard is non-functional. I gave it away in 2003.

- 1999: A Timex Sinclair 1000 with a 1016 16KB RAM expansion, which does not seem to work. It has a seperate keyboard attached to it. This computer is actually a ZX81 clone, made in the USA with 2KB RAM instead of the ZX81's 1KB. I gave it away in 2003.

- 1999: Another Philips VG8020 MSX system. I sold it in 2003.

- 1999: A Sony HitBit HB-75F MSX1 system. Z80 based, 64KB RAM, 32KB ROM. I sold it in 2003.

- 1999: An HP 9000/425 system. It has 16MB memory and had a 500MB disk drive with NetBSD, which I took out and put in my VAXsystem 5000/150. I gave it away in 2005.

- 2000: An ACT Apricot PC with 256KB memory, 3.5" floppy drive and 10MB harddisk. This thing has a 8086 processor and runs MS-DOS 2.11 (but is not PC-compatible). I sold it in 2003.

- 2000: A DECsystem 5000/150. It has a 50Mhz R4000 processor, and 32MB memory. I have put in the 500MB drive from my HP9000/425 and installed NetBSD 1.4.1 onto it. On the back it says it's upgraded from PM34B-BY to B2-PM439-GA but I don't know what that means. I traded it in 2004.

- 2000: A Philips P9070 (actually a Motorola 68020 system). It has a VME bus, with the following Motorola VME cards: 141-2 (CPU), 224-2 (3, memory), 374 (ethernet), 332-2 (2, serial), 332XT (parallel), 350 (SCSI), 323-2 (ESDI).
I couldn't get this beast to work. I've traded it with somebody from Finland for an Axil 311 and HP41C. I have found out he has been able to get this thing to boot.

14 * 2000: An Altos Computer Systems (now Acer) 886, originally from 1984. It has a 80286 processor, 2MB memory, a 5.25" QD drive, 40MB harddisk and a QIC tape drive. The system is running Xenix 3.2f (a UNIX version sold by... Microsoft! In fact, Microsoft was the first to sell UNIX in Europe after the inventors AT&T). After 5 years of searching, a kind soul pointed me to an archive that had the Xenix 3.1a boottapes for Altos.

- 2000: An Apple IIgs with floppy drive and monochrome monitor. I only have Appleworks for it. I sold it in 2003.

- 2000: An IBM 7012 model 30H (a/k/a POWERserver 320H) with 32MB memory and 2 400MB SCSI disks running AIX 3.2.5). Last time I tried, it wouldn't boot. I got rid of it in 2005.

- 2000: An IBM RISC System 6000/340 with a broken disk (and a good disk). I traded it for other stuff in 2002. It looked like the IBM above.

- 2000: A Philips LTP3230 "laptop", with a 12Mhz 80286, 1MB RAM, 40MB harddisk, an ISA expansion slot and a dead battery. I threw it away in 2004.

- 2000: A Sony Vaio Z600RE laptop. For a few years my fastest system with the worst support you can imagine. In 2010 it was so old, I threw it away.

15 * 2000: A Compaq Proliant 1000 server. Only the case, but the motherboard (with a 486DX66) has a lot of goodies on-board: 8MB RAM, modem, SCSI-2 controller, VGA card. Oh, and there's an EISA Tokenring card in it as well :-) FreeBSD wouldn't recognize the on-board SCSI, not even after some hacking. I got my hands on an old Adaptec 2742T EISA dual-bus SCSI controller and now FreeBSD is working fine. After installing an extra 32MB of memory (and 3x32MB extra in 2003), I've made this into my media conversion system by putting in a 5.25" and 3.5" floppy drive, a CD-ROM drive, a 1GB uncompressed QIC tape drive and an Exabyte 8mm tape drive. This required some serious hardware hacking as the Proliant has no standard slots for drives. I put in a 2GB full-height SCSI disk. This is the only system I have it fits in.

- 2000: A Schneider CPC6128 system (German version of the Amstrad CPC6128) with 3" floppy and 128KB RAM. I sold it in 2003.

- 2000: A Philips :YES computer. It has a 80186 processor and flopped because Philips made it somewhat PC-compatible, not fully. In 2002 I finally got a keyboard. This system completes my collection of 80*86 processors :) In 2003 I got a 30MB harddisk, a mouse (modified MSX mouse), a compatibility/ISA extension card, a serial cable (not yet built, and spare PSU and mouse/SASI board. I sold it in 2005.

- 2000: A Philips VG8245/19N MSX2 computer (French version with AZERTY keyboard). I traded it for an Atari 600XL.

- 2000: A Philips NMS8250 MSX2 computer without keyboard. I sold it in 2003.

- 2000: A Toshiba T1000 laptop (80C88 processor). After soldering in new chargeable batteries it works again. It has 640KB RAM (512KB plus 128KB memory expansion) and 640KB ROM (including MS-DOS 2.11), as well as a 3.5" DD floppy drive. The screen is a 80x25 LCD screen. I gave it away in 2005.

16 * 2000: An Apple Newton Messagepad (100?) with a 2MB flash card. It works but needs a new batterypack.

- 2000: A Kaypro 4 system running CP/M. It has 64KB RAM and 2 5.25" drives (394KB each). I traded it in 2006.

- 2001: A Commodore Amiga 600HD system. I sold it in 2003.

- 2001: A Unisys micro-A system running MCP, with 2 external SCSI drives and an external tape drive. When it boots, it says it starts running Microsoft Operating System/2 v1.00, after which it starts up the Unisys CPU board and MCP (and the 80386(?) in it does no more than I/O). I have no clue about MCP so it's a bit useless now (but fun :). In 2004, I got e-mail from an David Faultersack, an engineer on the micro-A program, who mailed: 'The system uses a 2.00" x 2.40" Burroughs processor module (11 die inside). When running the Burroughs OS, it is running on the Burroughs processor, with OS2 running I/O communication.'. Unfortunately, when I tried to boot the system in 2005, it blew up. I have kept the micro-A ISA card (which I hope is still working).

- 2001: Two Sillicon Graphics IRIS Indigo systems, with the 64-bit 100Mhz R4000 processor. They do not have graphic boards in them :-( One has 32MB RAM, the memory from the other one I put into my Indy. One has about 800MB diskspace, the other 1.3GB. They ran IRIX 5.3 but I upgraded one of them to IRIX 6.5.4. I traded one for other stuff in 2003, and sold the other in 2004.

- 2001: Should I mention Cisco routers here? Maybe I should. I got a Cisco IGS Multiprotocol bridge/router with one serial and one Ethernet port running IOS 9.0(3) and a Cisco MGS model GS/2-2E4S-MC (2 ethernet/4 serial) running IOS 9.1(10), CSC3 processor, 4MB memory. I gave them to Cisco Netherlands in 2005.

- 2001: An Apple Power Macintosh 8500/120 (2.6GB SCSI disk, 64MB RAM, CD-ROM and floppy drive running MacOS 8.6) with HP ScanJet IIc scanner with automatic document feeder and a 21" screen. I'd like to put in more memory, but this system needs very special DIMMs. I use this system for scanning work. In 2005, I upgraded the RAM to 224MB (thanks Alex!). I traded it.

- 2001: An AMD Am2900 Evaluation & Learning Kit. This is a kit (containing a PCB and components such as the Am2901) that, when built, forms a system to learn microcomputer programming (to be precise: microprogramming, i.e. programming the microprocessor). It was made in 1976. You can program single nibbles (it can store 16 32-bit microwords) and single-step through your microprograms. Unfortunately, it is not functional, one bit is broken and some other logic is not functioning as well. Might be just bad contacts though. Thanks Jan Meijer! I traded it in 2005. I have scanned the schematics.

- 2001: An Atari Portfolio, with a 80C88 processor, 128KB RAM, 256 KB ROM. It runs the DIP Operating System 2.11 (an MS-DOS clone). I still have to fix a key that is stuck. I sold it in 2005.

- 2001: A Casio SF-9500 '64KB Digital Diary'. This is an electronic organiser (sold in America as 'B.O.S.S.') from 1990. It has a slot for 'IC Cards' (I have a scientific calculator card). I got rid of it in 2005.

- 2001: A Sinclair Spectrum+ 128K. This Z80 based system has 128KB of RAM (hence the name) and 32KB ROM. I no longer have it.

- 2001: An Atari 600XL with 16KB RAM and 24KB ROM, with an Atari 1010 data recorder that has 2 broken keys. The 600XL does not have its original power supply, but I soldered a plug to connect it to a regular PSU. I sold it in 2003.

- 2001: A Philips NMS8255 MSX2 computer with the works: VS0080 monitor, modem, MuziekModule with keyboard, memory expansion, and NMS1431 printer. I threw away the printer and sold the system itself and the keyboard in 2003. I still have the MuziekModule.

- 2001: A Tektronix XP114C X-terminal. It boots but I can't seem to switch from AUI to UTP. Thrown away in 2004.

17 * 2002: A Mattel Intellivision. A friend of mine had one when they were introduced (around 1981). It beat all the competition and I have played many a game on it! In 2012, I wanted to play a game and found out one controller is dead.

- 2002: An Acorn Archimedes 440 running Risc OS 2.00 with a 20MB harddisk. This system also impressed me a lot when it was introduced in 1987. It had a graphical OS and was very fast. It's using the RISC architecture. This particular Archimedes has a 2-port serial interface card. I sold it in 2005.

- 2002: A Sun Ultra Enterprise 3000. It only had a 501-2749 I/O+Graphics board (with Sun Creator3D) and PSUs, the rest was stolen from it. I got a communications board and a CPU board with 2x 250MHz processors and 256MB memory, but the system still didn't work. Then I got a replacement I/O board and it still wouldn't work thanks to a defective PSU. After replacing the PSU the system finally works. Meanwhile, I also got disks and diskbrackets so I could put in 37GB of diskspace (9+9+9+4+4+2GB) and an extra 1GB of memory, making the total 1.25GB. I've put in a CD-ROM player as well, which, unfortunately, does not colour with the rest. Special thanks to Stef and Guido! Great, Solaris 9 now comes with OpenSSH and IPv6 standard! In 2003, I had the system running for a week at the MegaBIT hacker conference (it went down a couple of times because of the heat). Later that year, I got another broken Enterprise 3000 with some working boards that I put into mine. It is now fully loaded: 6x 250MHz CPUs, 3GB RAM and 90GB disk (10x9GB). It now also has a CD-ROM drive in the right color :-) I gave it away in 2011.

- 2002: An IBM PC XT S (model 5160), 640KB RAM, slimline 5.25" floppy drive, 101-key keyboard, 20MB harddisk and Genoa EGA graphics adapter (and colour monitor model 5154). This one was built in 1986. It has an ISA card from microTOOLS with 6 7400-series ICs and 1 unknown IC. I have no clue what it does. I sold it in 2005.

- 2002: An IBM PC, model 5150, with cassette interface and 2 full-height 5.25" 360KB floppy drives. (It is not the earliest model, this one has 256KB memory onboard and 256KB memory on a seperate card.) I sold it in 2005.

- 2002: A Radio Shack TRS-80 model III with all sorts of extra's. No floppy drives. Comes with the original box, but when I turned it on it said "POOF" and started smoking :( It's unrepearable. So, I gave it away.

- 2002: A Philips Videopac G7000 game computer, model /00 (the earliest). When I turned it on in 2003, it wouldn't work anymore.. Turned out to be a loose connector in the PSU. I gave the system away in 2003.

18 * 2002: A Sun IPC (a/k/a 4/40) with 24MB RAM, no keyboard, no screen (but it includes a cgthree video card in addition to the on-board bwtwo). After I put in a 500MB disk and fixed the NVRAM which was dead, I installed Solaris 1.1.2 (SunOS 4.1.4) on it.

- 2002: An Apple LC III without keyboard/monitor/mouse. To be installed later (I don't have a MacOS that will run on an LC III, maybe I'll install NetBSD). On second though, I sold it in 2003.

- 2002: An Atari 1040STfm with SM125 monitor, in original boxes. And an SF314 floppy drive. I sold it in 2003.

- 2002: Another Apple Macintosh LC II, with a color monitor. It has 10MB RAM, a TelePort Platinum modem (28k8) and an Apple StyleWriter M8000. I sold it in 2003.

- 2002: An Intertec SUPERBRAIN QD, a CP/M system with built-in monitor and 2 5.25" drives. It's not working, some problem with the PSU, it seems to be unable to hold the high voltage for the monitor. Since I'm not an electronics freak, I've traded it for some core memory (a DEC H214 8kx16 board from a PDP-11).

- 2002: Finally, a Silicon Graphics Indy, with 100Mhz R4600 processor. It was empty when I got it. I've put in 32MB of memory from one of my Indigo's and a 1GB disk and installed Irix 6.5.6. Later I got a 21" screen for it and I bought some RAM, I put 128MB in the Indy. I traded it in 2003 for an SGI Challenge S.

- 2002: An Apple Power Macintosh 7500/100 (112MB RAM, 1GB disk) with 17" screen and an external SyQuest 88 removable harddrive, running MacOS 8.6. I traded it for other stuff in 2003.

19 * 2002: A Sun SparcClassic (a/k/a Sun 4/15) with 32MB memory, built-in 400MB disk and external 400MB disk and a neat 15" screen. It ran Solaris 2.4 when I got it, but I put in a 2GB disk and installed Solaris 2.6. There's not enough memory to run Solaris 8.

20 * 2002: A Sun 2/50-2. It has a memory expansion board, total amount of memory is a whopping 4MB. Complete with keyboard and mouse. It only works with an ECL monitor. I installed NetBSD 1.5.2 on the PC that was previously zoei.giga.nl to get ndbootd working. It took a lot of work finding out how to fill the / and /usr directory so the Sun could find all its stuff. And the /dev directory was a challenge. But, it worked and the system is now booting SunOS 4.0.3! I can even run SunView :-) I had this system online for a whole weekend at the MegaBIT event, August 2002.

- 2002: A Sun 2/170-2. I have these boards: processor (2x), 1MB memory (14x), video/kbd/mouse (2x), video terminator, ethernet (2x 3Com, 1x Sun), SCSI (2x), Xylogics 450 (2x) and a Ciprico tapemaster board. I cleaned it up and turned it on with some boards. I got gibberish on SIO-A. It took me considerable time before I found out it was the processor board. I now get a boot prompt and am trying to get it to netboot like the 2/50. It does fetch a kernel which detects the hardware and NFS mounts / and /usr, after which is panics.. In 2003, I sold this system (but only because it goes to a Sun lover who is going to put it online!).

- 2002: Another Atari 600XL (this one is boxed). I sold it in 2003.

- 2002: A Commodore 64c, which is just a regular C64 in a modern casing. It's the system only, no cables. I gave it away in 2005.

- 2002: A Sony PlayStation without controller but with a 1MB Memory Card. This 32-bit RISC system has a CD-ROM player for its games and 512kb of memory. After I bought a controller and a game I found out the PSU was broken :-( I bought a new one, put it in.. nothing! After some fiddling around I found it works sometimes. Opening the case just a little bit and putting it on its side helps. I've bought a game (Rollcage) and soldered in a modchip just for the sake of it. Then all of a sudden the thing does nothing more than killing fuses :-( So I tossed it.

- 2002: An HP 41C calculator (RPN!). I sold it in 2005.

21 * 2002: An Axil 311, which is a clone of a SparcStation 10, running at 40Mhz. With 128MB memory, 1GB disk, cgsix videocard, and a spare 33Mhz Sparc processor and a spare cgsix card. It was running SuSE Linux 7.3 when I got it, making it my only Linux box, but I put in an extra 2GB disk and installed Solaris 9. I actually used this system on a daily basis for half a year until replaced with my SGI O2. In 2003, I swapped the 40MHz processor for a 60MHz one and put in a TokenRing and SCSI/Ethernet card.

- 2002: An Apple IIe (model A2S2064) with monchrome monitor and one floppy drive. I gave it away in 2004.

22 * 2002: A NeXTcube with both a colour monitor and a black and white monitor (a Dimension board makes it dual-head), running OpenSTEP 4.2. It has an original mouse, keyboard, sound box and CDROM drive. The 68040 processor runs at 25Mhz and there's 40MB RAM and a 660MB harddisk in it. What a beautiful system this is.. both hardware and software. In 2003, I upgraded to a NeXTcube turbo by putting in a new (33MHz) CPU board. It now has 32MB memory.

23 * 2002: An MB Vectrex with built-in Minesweep game (not as good as a real Asteroid arcade game -which is still high on my wantlist- but still very enjoyable). Got me a multicart with almost all games. Update 2005: got me a real Asteroid cabinet :)

- 2002: A Sequent Symmetry 2000/200 running DYNIX/ptx V4.1.3. With all documentation, and loads of tapes including DYNIX/ptx V2.1.8 and V4.1.3 (which it is running). It has a 1GB disk which it boots from, a 2GB and 2 650MB disks as well as a QIC tape drive, 2 ethernet boards and 3 16-port serial boards. This system normally has 6 80486sx25 processors, this one is missing one dual-CPU board so it has "only" 4. There's 40MB of memory in it. On the front, there's status LEDs for CPU activity, so I wrote a small script 'blinkenlights' which will turn on and off the CPUs resulting in blinkenlights :) It's funny to see the jobs being rescheduled between processors. I found a good new home for it in 2005.

24 * 2002: A SparcStation 5, without memory/disk/keyboard. It has ROM revision '2.15 Pilot' which is interesting.. I bought 256MB of memory (8x32MB) in the hope the system would still be okay. And.. it is. It has a cg3 card from Integrix which I swapped with a cgsix from my SparcStation 1. I put in a 2GB disk on which I installed OpenSTEP 4.2(!). Later I removed 64MB for a trade (192MB left), but I re-bought memory in 2003 so it now has 256MB again. I 2003, I traded it for another SS5 (170MHz), PROM version 2.29, with an S24 24-bit video card and 2 2GB disks. I put in a Quad Ethernet card and installed Solaris 8. This system alway gives weird errors when 256MB is installed, so I settled for 224MB (removed one SIMM).

- 2002: A Hyundai SUPER-NB386S laptop. It has a 80386sx25 processor 2MB memory, a floppy drive, and a 80MB harddisk. Mine is black. The BIOS had forgotten all about the harddisk, so I had to open it up to find out which type it was (Seagate ST9096A). Opening it up was not easy.. and after closing it, it now shows bars on the bottom part of the screen :( I threw it away in 2004.

25 * 2002: A Sun SparcStation 2 (a/k/a Sun 4/75). It has 64MB of memory, an external CDROM drive and a broken 400MB disk. The bwtwo framebuffer connects to a monochrome 19" monitor, and there's also a 501-1932 card in it, a token ring card..! The NVRAM had a dead battery (as to be expected), so I had to fix that. I also put in a working 500MB disk and installed Solaris 1.0.1 :-) In 2003, I removed both SBUS cards and put in a cgtwelve, a 24-bit graphics card (the 'Leo').

- 2002: Another Sun SparcStation 2! With 40MB, a 200MB disk and an empty NVRAM, which I fixed. I can't get it to boot however, it goes through a whole series of tests and stops at 'Mapping RAM'. It should probe the sbus after that. I can't break to the boot prompt. Weird. I gave it away.

- 2002: An SGI Indigo2, R4400/150Mhz. There was no disk in it, and only 2 SIMMs (it needs SIMMs in pairs of 4). I tried 32MB from my Indigo and that works. Although the case has an 'Extreme' label, it does not have an extreme graphics card but an XL24 graphics card. In 2003, when wanting to put in 160MB of memory, I found out the system won't boot anymore? I gave it away in 2004.

26 * 2002: A Sun SparcStation 4 (110Mhz), 1GB disk, 32MB memory, audio module. I had some memory left from what I bought for my Sparc5, so I upgraded to the maximum of 160MB. I've installed Solaris 2.6. Later, I removed 64MB for a trade (96MB left), until 2003 when I re-bought memory and put in 160MB again.

29 * 2002: A Sun SparcStation 10. 60Mhz processor, 2 disks of 1GB each, cgsix framebuffer. It's running Solaris 8. In 2003, I swapped the processor with 2 dual-50MHz processors, upgraded memory from 64MB to 512MB RAM and added a SCSI/100Mbps ethernet card.

- 2002: Yes, got me a Sun 3/280 again. This one also has a Hitachi DK815-10 800MB drive, but only 8MB memory. It also came with a 1/2" tape drive and SunOS 4.0.3 tapes for 68020. The boards that are in it: 501-1206 (CPU), 501-1102 (8MB RAM), 501-1155 (Xylogics 472 1/2" tape controller), 501-1166 (Xylogics 451 SMD controller) and 501-1203 (Asynchronous Line Multiplexer). I connected the old 800MB drive of my previous Sun 3/280 so it's running SunOS 4.1.1. I haven't found out how to use the tape drive, it sees an xt0 but when I try to access rmt8 it says xt0 is offline. The image below is of the tapedrive. Maybe I'm going to ditch the tape drive, it's too heavy to get it up to the attic and space is running out. On second thought, I've ditched the complete system. I've taken apart the DK815, keeping the platters as a souvenir. From the tapedrive, I kept the read/write head and the 6809 CPU. [Note to all hardware lovers: I did try to give the system a good new home, but nobody wanted it. If I hadn't rescued it, if would already have been thrown away. I'd rather not throw away systems, but I have a finite amount of physical space.]

- 2002: Another Sun IPC, 12MB memory, with a bwtwo framebuffer that appears to be broken. It contains a 50MB harddisk (DEC RZ22) so it may come as no surprise this system has netbooted. I increased the harddisk capacity tenfold, then tried to install SuSE Linux/sparc 7.3, which complained about the amount of memory and then wanted me to press ALT-F2 (on a VT320??). Solaris 2.1 also failed miserable (panicked on the non-disklabeled disk) so I tried NetBSD 1.6, which also barfed over the limited amount of memory present. So.. I installed Solaris 1.1.2 and after having found out Solaris 1.1.2 really wants the disk to be at SCSI id 3, and is really picky about the speed of the CDROM player used, installation went smoothly (luckily the 500MB disk was a SUN0535). I gave it away in 2006.

28 * 2002: A Sun SLC (a/k/a Sun 4/20) with 16MB memory, no disks. The screen display has lost almost all of its brightness. Once again, I had to fix the NVRAM.

29 * 2002/2003: Since my 3COM Palm III died after 4 years, I had to buy something new. The Palm Tungsten T looks really nice, but I decided to buy a Sony Clié PEG-T675C which is a bit better in multimedia. I just hope I don't need Sony support. With its 66Mhz Dragonball VZ processor it's almost as fast as my firewall ;-) What disappointed me is that Sony uses a proprietary audio encoding (ATRAC) on their proprietary MemoryStick that is only usable on 'special' Memory Sticks with copyright stuff built-in. Argh. You can also upload MP3s but the bitrate needs to be at least 128kbps, so even a 128MB Memory Stick is full after uploading one album. After two weeks, I lost the Clié in the train in Rotterdam. It was apparantly found by a dishonest person :-((( so I had to buy a second one.

- 2002: An AES AlphaPlus 12. This is a system from the Canadian firm AES with a built-in daisywheel printer. It has 2 5.25" drives and runs on a Z80A processor. The built-in screen doesn't work, and the printer is a bit rusty so I gave it away.

30 * 2002: When my 80486 system started crashing, I decided to buy something new. What I wanted was something cheap. A slow processor is no problem for a gateway system. I like to have plenty of memory though. A big decision was to move from SCSI to IDE. I like SCSI more, but it's just too expensive. It doesn't need to be if everybody started to buy SCSI stuff, but this isn't going to happen. I also wanted to keep on using my old CDRW and 4mm drives, that are SCSI (50 pins). You can't buy old SCSI controllers anymore so I took out the SCSI controller of the ZOEI system and bought an IDE Plextor CDRW to put in ZOEI. My new system is a midi tower with an Asus P4B board that has a Celeron 1.7Ghz CPU (the slowest I could buy..). Furthermore it has 512MB memory, a cheap TNT2 card and a 80GB IDE disk which replaces the 40GB IDE disk with my MP3 on it (all legal!); the 40GB disk now becomes my system disk, replacing 3 SCSI disks (2+2+1 GB). On New Years Eve I bought some batteries for my APC Smart-UPS 600 and soldered a serial cable so I can get statistics from the UPS. The speed improvement is very noticable. The 486 couldn't fill the 100Mbps line when using encryption (scp). Also, programs like mutt and slrn are noticably faster. In 2004, I bought a 200GB disk and upgraded to FreeBSD 5.3 (from 4.10) so it now has 80+200GB disks. In 2005, I swapped the 80GB with another 200GB disk for the MP3s, since I started ripping WAVs from my DTS CDs to play on the Squeezebox2 that has replaced my Audiotron. I upgraded to FreeBSD 5.4 at the same time. Somewhat later, I bought a 2.4GHz Celeron (more power, less power consumption). It is now running FreeBSD 6-CURRENT. In 2007, I made this system a backup server and bought a new 'main server' (see 2007 mobile sempron item).

- 2003: An Intergraph InterPro 2020. This things runs CLIX 3.1 r.7.5.17 (CLIpper uniX?), which is a UNIX clone on a Clipper C300 processor. Too bad there's no keyboard/screen because this is a graphical workstation/server (it has 'MMG' graphics). I can however access it via the serial port. It has 16MB memory and a 400MB harddisk. I know the root password but the serial console is marked as insecure and won't let root login directly, so I had to hack it (I put the drive into a second system, used dd to transfer all contents, looked for the password file and fed it to a password cracker - backup plan was to edit the password file in the image and transfer the image back to the disk). I sold it in 2005 to somebody who already had an Intergraph.

- 2003: An SGI Onyx. This is a huge beast! It is not a fat machine though: 64MB memory, 1GB disk, 4x 100MHz R4400 processors. But, the casing is complete (Onyx cases are rare) and it has two RealityEngineII pipes, both with Multi-Channel Option board. It's running IRIX 6.5.10 at the moment. The downside is its size, the amount of noise it makes and the fact that it needs 3-phase power. You can take a look at some pictures and the boot messages and hinv output.
Because of the aforementioned downsides, I sold the system in 2003.

- 2003: An IBM RT (IBM 6151 model 115) with monitor and keyboard. This is IBM's first RISC system (before RS/6000). I was able to boot it (it ran AIX v2.2.1), but I didn't know any userid's or passwords. I was able to boot from a maintenance floppy and edit the password file on the 70MB ESDI disk. After that, I could log in but found that several files in /etc had become corrupted. So I re-installed AIX (version 2.1.1) from floppy. This was quite a hassle since the disk drive would occasionally not work. The sysem has an ethernet card (TCP/IP not installed yet) and has 1762KB of memory if I may believe the output of 'dd if=/dev/mem of=/dev/null bs=1024'. I traded it in 2004.

31 * 2003: A Sun SPARC Xterminal-1, 32MB memory. The Xterminal-1 is just a SparcStation 4 that does a netboot (but has less room for DIMMs).

32 * 2003: A VAXstation 3100 model VS42A-DS with TZ30 tape drive, 100MB harddisk, 16MB memory. I can't seem to boot VMS from tape. Ultrix install also doesn't work smoothly from tape. I temporarily hooked up a CD-ROM drive and installed Ultrix 4.4. Thanks Kees for the console cable!

- 2003: An IBM PowerPC model 7248-133 (133MHz), with two PCI cards (a Lanstreamer and a POWER GXT150P graphics card). Somebody however had removed memory, CD-ROM, harddisk, floppy drive and cut the wires supplying power to the drives! I had to solder new wires on as the PSU is not a standard PC PSU. I also put in a 2GB SCSI disk, a SCSI CD-ROM player, a floppy drive and 32MB of memory and was able to install AIX 4.1.3 on it. I sold it in 2005.

- 2003: A (real) Silicon Graphics O2 with monitor and keyboard. It has a 180MHz R5000 processor, 128MB memory, 2GB disk and CD-ROM player. It also has a Fore PCA-200E ATM interface. It was running IRIX 6.5.3, I've upgraded to 6.5.15. I used this system at work as a workstation for quite a while. Later I added an O2 camera. I sold it in 2005.

- 2003: An IBM RS/6000 7012 model 390 with 128MB memory. It came with an IBM 7131 Storage Subsystem (model 405) with 5 4.5GB disks. I don't have an SSA cable though. The system itself also has 4.5GB drives, two of them. I installed AIX 5.1L but somehow, I couldn't login on the console (when I entered a username, it just comes back with 'login:'). I finally figured out all serial cables I tried didn't support DSR/DTR.. Now it boots AIX 5.1 and meanwhile I was able to get my hands on some SSA cables. It took a long time figuring out how to be able to use all the diskspace with all those volume groups, logical volumes and filesystems. I sold it in 2005.

33 * 2003: A Sun 386i/250 (codename RoadRunner) system, with color frame buffer and VGA/EGA option board, 16MB, 327MB harddisk and 19" color monitor (this is about the maximum configuration). SunOS needs to be re-installed. This system has a 80386DX25 processor and a numeric co-processor. It can run some DOS programs. I am currently having problems installing SunOS, it boots the kernel from the first floppy, but gets stuck on loading the memory disk from the second floppy. After months, a kind soul sent me a disk image of a similar Sun386i, and after transferring it to my disk, it works! (SunOS 4.0.2) However, the network didn't, and I found out this was due to the NVRAM battery. In fact, the empty battery had been causing all installation problems! I didn't notice as the Host ID and ethernet address were not 0xffffff, ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff as all other Suns with empty NVRAMs have, but still had their original values. The values must be stored elsewhere. After soldering in a new battery, I could install a clean SunOS 4.0.1 with all additional software clusters. Then, there was not enough diskspace left to upgrade to 4.0.2 so it's still running 4.0.1.

- 2003: An HP 620LX handheld running Windows CE 2.0 in 16MB of RAM. Unfortunately, I need a newer version of CE to be able to run NetBSD. And Windows CE is in ROM, only upgradable by putting in new hardware. I sold it in 2005.

34 * 2003: A Sun SparcStation 1+ (a/k/a 4/65). It has a cg3 and 64MB of RAM. I put in the 200MB disk from my broken SS2 which happened to have Solaris 2.5 on it. Great, now I am only missing the IPX in the sun4c range, and I'm doing pretty well in the sun4m range as well.

- 2003: An IBM 7012 model 360 with 128MB memory, 3GB disk (1+2GB). An old installation of AIX 4.?.? was still on the harddisk, but I didn't have the password and the console was marked insecure. I wasn't able to install AIX from an external CDROM player, so I took out the disk, put it in another system and found the encrypted root password. The passwords were very good, which is why it took >11 CPU days to crack the root password. I gave the system away in 2005.

- 2003: An IBM ThinkPad 701CS laptop, the famous 'butterfly' model with folding keypad. It has a 80486DX4 processor, 16MB memory and a 500MB harddisk running Windows 98. I have a second 500MB harddisk on which I planned to install FreeBSD. Problem is that the PCMCIA controller is not supported so I can't boot over the network, and I don't have a CD-ROM player. I sold it in 2005.

35 * 2003: A Sun SparcStation 20. It has a SuperSPARCII processor at 75MHz, 192MB memory, a 2GB disk, floppy and CDROM and a cgsix framebuffer. I installed NetBSD 1.6 (first SPARC CD I found :). The system is flakey.. seems like it is the memory, although test-memory won't show any problems (got selftest-#megs right). Sometimes the POST even complaints about a DSIMM.. Later, I traded it for another SS20 which has problems with the on-board graphics (I added a 24-bit graphics card) but has 4 50MHz CPUs, 320MB RAM, 2 1GB disks and a CDROM player. I've installed Solaris 9. In 2004, it finally dawned on my that the on-board video only works with a VSIMM, so I put an 8MB VSIMM in. It now has 288MB RAM. In 2005, I replaced the CPUs with 2 125Mhz HyperSPARC CPUs and also added GigaBit ethernet, a dual parallel card and a video capture card.

- 2003: An HP 9000 model 712/80 (codename King Gecko). 1GB disk, 92MB memory. It has HP-UX 9.05 installed. After booting in single-user mode I was able to change the root password. I sold the system in 2005.

- 2003: A Sun SparcStation IPX, with an empty NVRAM. After fixing, it turned out to have a 0.5GB disk with NetBSD 1.3.3 on it, and 52MB of memory (weird amount!). The videocard is a cgsix. I traded it in 2003.

- 2003: Another SparcStation IPX, this one being the old scot.nluug.nl, an important machine in the history of the Dutch UNIX Users Group. It's NVRAM is still working and there's 24MB memory, a 420MB harddisk and a cgsix framebuffer inside. It's currently running SunOS 4.1.3U1. It has a color monitor. I upgraded the memory to 64MB. I gave it away in 2006.

- 2003: Another Silicon Graphics Indy, with 100Mhz R4600 processor, 64MB memory, 0.5GB disk running Irix 5.3. It came with a big screen. I traded it for a Philips CDI210/20 CD-i player (which runs CD-RTOS, derived from OS9, I was able to run a shell on it :-).

- 2003: Not exactly a computer: a Livingston PortMaster 2e with 30 serials. It was recovered after a fire and it still smells a bit. I had to paint the cover. It still works, it runs ComOS 3.7.2 and it has 1MB memory. I threw it away in 2005.

- 2003: A DECserver 200/MC. This is an 8-port terminal server. It uses old DEC protocols like MOP boot protocol and LAT. I was able to get all this running on my FreeBSD box. I threw it away in 2005.

- 2003: Another SGI Indigo2. It has a 150MHz R4400 processor, 1GB bootdisk with IRIX 6.2, a CDROM player, 64MB of memory and GU1-extreme graphics. I traded it for other stuff in 2004.

- 2003: A Durango Poppy II system (80286-based) with 640KB memory, 71MB MFM harddrive and 5.25" QD (Quad Density, 720kB at 96tpi) floppy drive. It won't boot from harddisk, and the floppies (Xenix 3.1f Upgrade+) that came with it have too many errors. I got Xenix286 as 360KB images, but the system won't boot from these (not even with a DD drive).. So I probably need a special Xenix? Sometime later, the boot floppy _did_ run (maybe the heat helps?). However, the installation scripts (and my manual fsck/mkfs commands) all stopped with errors on the MFM drive. I tried another drive but got the same errors, maybe the controller is broken. I threw away (most of) the system in 2004.

36 * 2003: A Sun SparcStation LX (a/k/a Sun 4/30), 72MB memory, 1GB disk, cgsix framebuffer running NetBSD 1.6.

- 2003: A NeXTstation Color Turbo (a 'slab'). A 68040 system with 32MB memory, 424MB internal disc and colour monitor, running NeXTstep 3.3. It has an ADB keyboard/mouse. Unfortunately, the word 'Color' on the cover has disappeared. I sold it in 2005.

- 2003: A NeXTcube Turbo, 32MB memory, with monochrome display and an external Contemporary Cybernetics CY-2000 650MB MO drive (the only MO disk I have doesn't seem to work). Both internal drives (1 and 2GB) had many errors so I threw them away. Also, I put the turbo CPU board in my other cube and this one now has a 25MHz CPU board with 40MB memory. I had many difficulties installing OpenSTEP on a new harddisc, I finally gave up and made a bitwise copy of the 424MB drive in the NeXTstation (I happened to have a spare drive of exactly the same size) and put that in the cube. It works :-) In 2005 I was able to install OPENSTEP 4.2. I sold it in 2005.

- 2003: A DEC 3000/600. My first system with Alpha CPU. (21064 @175MHz). Inside are 64MB memory, a 1GB disk and a CDROM player. Also, this system came with a huge 21" monitor, the VRC21-HA. The harddisk was emtpy and I installed Tru64 4.0D on it. I sold it in 2005.

- 2003: SGI Indy R4600, 133MHz, 256MB memory, with IRIX 5.3 installed. This one has an IndyCam :-) It has a 2GB and a flakey 4GB harddisk.

- 2003: Digital Personal Workstation 200i2. This is a dual Pentium Pro system (200MHz). It has 256MB RAM. I installed 4 and 6GB IDE drives and it now runs FreeBSD. I sold it in 2006.

- 2003: A Digital VAXstation 2000 with 6MB memory, expansion unit and broken handle. I had to solder a console cable. It doesn't boot from disk and I don't have a TKZ50 drive, so netbooting was my only option. After a lot of small problems I was able to boot an OpenBSD ramdisk kernel, which did not probe the RD54 disk. Reformatting the drive (TEST 70) worked however. After a long time, I found out OpenBSD just doesn't support the controller. I then tried NetBSD 1.6.1 which states it does. It wouldn't boot however so I had to use the NetBSD 1.5.3 bootloader. This still didn't work. I finally tried NetBSD 1.3.2 which does support the controller. I'm disappointed that NetBSD documentation is not correct and the VS2000 is not supported any more. Anyway, after a lot of work I finally got NetBSD 1.3.2 running, but the installation manual for it was incomplete. I was however able to label the disk correctly and install all the necessary stuff. I traded it in 2004.

37 * 2003: A Sun 3/60 with 4MB memory (and one for spare parts). I put in some extra RAM, it now has 24MB (the maximum). I wanted to get it to netboot SunOS 3.5. It does load the kernel and mounts the root disk via NFS, but it then wants to do network disk mounts. I have no server program that will facilitate this (ndbootd only implements the boot stage), so I decided upon SunOS 4.0.3, with a 4.1.1 kernel (don't ask). However, after the device probing the system hangs after doing getattr's on the swap. After a lot of debugging I found out the boards in the 'good' and the 'spare parts' systems had somehow been swapped, I had been spending hours on a defective 3/60 :( After I found that out, it was easy to install SunOS 4.1 from the original tapes :) onto an external 1GB disk. I then built the disk into the 3/60 and it works like a charm. In 2005, I added a colour card (cg4) from another 3/60.

- 2003: An HP 3000/922LX with some extra hardware (printer, 2x DTC (terminal server), terminals, HP OpenView management station). It has 4 disks (670MB each, HPC2203A) and a DDS-1 tapedrive (HPC1501A). I ditched the OpenView machine (a Vectra QS/16S), the DTCs and the printer. The (uniprocessor) system has 32MB memory and boots MPE/iX. A problem was logging in. I couldn't find any single-user mode boot, but was able to get the password from one of the backup tapes :) The system boots, but MPE/iX is new to me. Also, one of the 4 disks doesn't work so not all files are available, or better: almost no file is available. Especially the POSIX files. I haven't found out how to boot from tape, choosing the alternate boot path didn't work. I gave it away in 2004.

- 2003: An NCR Tower 32/200 (the label says "Class 3800-MSTD, Model 0100"). This is a really nice system, nicely built. It has a QIC tapedrive, a 104MB harddisk, 4MB memory and is running System V.3. The 68020 processor is cooled by a bag of gel.. :) I gave it away in 2005.

- 2003: An SGI IRIS 4D/310. It's upgraded, it has an IP17 (Crimson) CPU board (100MHz R4000). It came with 64MB of memory and a 1GB disk. It runs IRIX 5.3 and has a Reality Engine board. After building a cable to connect an old SGI keyboard (the IRIS has a 15 pin connector), it didn't turn out to work. The mouse does, but the keyboard doesn't.. I traded this system for an R5K Indy.

38 * 2003: A Sun SPARCstation Voyager with 80MB RAM, 810MB drive and (sadly only) a bwtwo. No battery, but with a compact keyboard, mouse and carrying case. It runs Solaris 2.6. I found the SunLink ISDN somewhere on the web.

- 2003: Another Indy, but this time a R5000 (150MHz). 64MB RAM, 2GB disk, IRIX 6.5.21 installed.

- 2003: An SGI Onyx Reality Station. It has a 200MHz R4400 (IP19), 64MB RAM and a 2GB disk with IRIX 6.5.16. And of course a Reality Engine 2. At first, all I got on the monitor was a red mouse pointer, nothing else. After taking out all the boards and re-seating them, it worked again. I re-installed IRIX 6.5.20 onto it. Since I couldn't get a CD-ROM player to work (I used the 68pin SCSI connector on the front, connected to the IO4 board, but I didn't get it to work), I decided on a network install. Since the CDs are in IRIX format, I needed an SGI for this, I used my O2 for it. After a lot of CD swapping, IRIX 6.5.20 is now working fine, but I traded the system for other stuff in 2004. With pain in my heart, but now I have a NeWS system.

- 2003: A Cisco 'HyBridge' router (serial+ethernet), model CHYB/2-C-ES-MC. It runs IOS 8.3(1). I gave it to Cisco Netherlands in 2005.

39 * 2003: A Solair DTKstation/Classic+. This is a Sparc clone (50MHz microSPARC processor). It has a 1GB disk and 32 memory. I installed OpenBSD 3.1 on it. I also have one for trade (with 16MB memory).

40 * 2003: A Solair DTKstation5/5Sparc2. This is a SparcStation 5 clone (85MHz) It has a 2GB disk and 64MB memory. I installed OpenBSD 3.1 on it.

41 * 2003: A Sun 3/50 with 8MB Helios memory expansion (total 12MB) and a Sun 511 "shoebox" with a Wangtek 5099 QIC-24 tape unit and a Toshiba MK156 (141MB) drive, including a stand. I've put in a 68881 coprocessor. The drive wouldn't spin up, I had to open it(!) and help it, and even then, I now have to rapidly turn the drive when powering on to get it to spin up. The tape drive is also problematic. I cleaned the head and got the belt moving again, but the drive isn't able to turn the reel any more. The system won't boot from any SCSI device :( (SCSI probably broken) but netbooting works.

- 2003: Another Sun 3/50 with 4MB Helios memory expansion. This one also has a Sun 511 "shoebox" enclosure with stand, holding a Micropolis 1558 (327MB) drive. This Sun 3/50 is older than the previous one, as this has a sun2 casing (with metal pin on top to hook up the monitor which is included). I've put in 4 more megabytes of RAM (total 12MB) and a 68881 coprocessor. The drive had some problems with the power connector which had gone loose, and it also suffered from some stiction (the drive has apparantly been sitting idle for over 8 years - WARNING: clock gained 3148 days!). I also had some trouble finding out the 3/50 does only boot from the disk with SCSI id 0.. I've installed NetBSD 1.6.1 on it (compiling a kernel takes 14 hours and 40 minutes). What's bad about this system is that the kernel has a maximum size of 1MB-16kB because a larger kernel would overwrite the video memory.. My first kernel was way too big. The second one was 1033422 bytes (1230 bytes too big..). The third one worked, with this kernel configuration (well actually I also added IPv6 support, but the lance ethernet does not support multicast :-/ ).

- 2003: An SGI Challenge S R5000 with 128MB memory and 1GB disk. I traded it in 2004.

42 * 2003: A Sun Ultra 1 (model 140), 143MHz UltraSPARC, 512MB memory, 9GB disk, a DDS2 tape unit (Archive Python) and two additional SCSI/100Mbps ethernet cards. I had to upgrade the OBP to be able to run a 64-bit version of Solaris 9, which it now does.

- 2003: An Apple Macintosh Plus with original System 5 floppies and carrying case. I traded it in 2004.

43 * 2003: A Tadpole SPARCbook 3. This one still works. It has 32MB memory but I put in the 64MB from my broken SPARCbook. This one has a 1.2GB drive on which I installed OpenBSD. The 810MB harddisk from my other SPARCbook appeared to be physically broken, so I ebayed some more 810MB drives and installed Solaris 2.5.1 on one of them.

- 2003: MIPS RC3330. It has 64MB memory, a 1.2GB disk and an Archive Viper 150 tape drive. The disk is broken so I put in a new one and installed RISC/os 4.52 from tape. This would only work after I had reprogrammed the NVRAM chip using a Sun IPX, following the instructions from the NetBSD/mipsco FAQ. It now works. The processor is an R3000A at 33MHz (with R3010A). I traded it in 2006 with the other MIPS for an RDI Britelite.

- 2003: MIPS 3000 Magnum (a/k/a RC3230). It has an R3000A at 33MHz (with R3010A), 32MB of RAM, a 500MB harddisk and an Archive Viper 150 tape drive. This system also had a broken drive (replaced with a 1GB drive) and an empty NVRAM. I installed RISC/os 4.52. This system also has a Specialix ISA multiport I/O card. I traded it in 2006.

- 2003: HP 700/RX Xterminal. It has 4MB RAM. I threw it away in 2004.

44 * 2004: A Sun JavaStation-NC, the 'Krups' model. It has a 32MB SIMM and also an 8MB Flash SIMM containing JavaOS (but I don't know any valid login/password combination). It netboots NetBSD but I don't know how to read the flash from NetBSD...

- 2004: A MicroVAX 3400 with a TK70 tapedrive and two RF71 (400MB DSSI) harddrives. It has 20MB memory. It ran VMS 5.5 but I had to wipe the drives. I tried installing VMS 5.5 but my tapes wouldn't work so I installed Ultrix 4.0 (hey, I'm a UNIX man ;-). I traded it in 2004.

- 2004: A MicroVAX 4000-200 in a BA440 enclusure. It contains an Emulex UC08 SCSI controller, async mux, comms controller, 16MB RAM, 2x 380MB DSSI drives and a TK70 tapedrive. The tape drive isn't able to turn the tape any more (involving me rescuing a few tapes from the drive). Putting in the TK70 from the other VAX didn't work either. Netbooting also wasn't very succesful. I get an error after the bootloader is loaded via MOP. I gave it away in 2004.

- 2004: An HP9000/715-100XC with 224MB RAM and a 2GB harddisk. I have to find an HP SMD10 box to be able to connect an HP-HIL keyboard. I traded it in 2004.

- 2004: An HP Visualise B180L with a DDS2 tapedrive (picture shows one without) and an extra Visualise FX4 3D Graphics card. It has 256MB memory and a 9GB disk, it runs HP-UX 10.20. I sold it in 2005.

- 2004: An IBM ThinkPad 300 laptop. Built-in floppy drive, 80MB diskdrive. This thing has a 10" monochrome LCD screen, a 80386 processor @25MHz and 4MB memory. It's running Windows 3.11 for Workgroups and has its original IBM bag. I traded it in 2004.

- 2004: A Sony NeWS NWS-1850. 16MB RAM, QIC tape drive, an NWB-225A videocard and an NWB-240A card (printerdriver?). This system has 2 68030 processors. To be installed, I have created boottapes from images, and found out it will only install on a harddisk it knows. I then used a binary editor to hack the kernel and boot scripts so it recognises the Micropolis 1588-15 disk I put in as a Maxtor 8760s (close enough). Initialising the disk works partly. The installation floppy that copies the tape contents to disk doesn't work however.. Will this thing ever work? I sold it in 2005.

- 2004: A Sony NeWS NWS-1750. 16MB RAM, CD-ROM player and 640MB harddisk. In it is an NWB-514 video card. This system has one 68030 processor. I've installed NetBSD 1.6 onto it but sold it in 2005.

- 2004: A Sony NeWS NWS-712 (diskless) with a Sony NWP-512D monochrome A4 monitor. I guess I have to get the 1850 running with NeWS-OS before I can get this thing to netboot. I sold it in 2005.

- 2004: An HP Visualise C200 with 256MB memory and 2 4GB drives. I've installed HP-UX 11.11 and sold it in 2005.

- 2004: A Digital AlphaStation 200 4/233, 1GB disk, 136MB memory. I've installed FreeBSD 4.9 on it. I sold it in 2004.

- 2004: Apple PowerBook 15" SuperDrive with 512MB memory. This system replaces my Sony Vaio notebook. It's a really, really cool laptop. I like the combination of MacOS/Aqua and Darwin very much. In 2005, I added 1GB of RAM, in 2006 I replaced the drive with a 100GB 7200rpm model. A month later, it was stolen :-(

- 2004: A Motorola VME tower with 147-SB1 (68030 CPU board @25MHz), 332XT (parallel), 712A/AM (serial) and 712B (ethernet) boards. It has a QIC-1350 drive and 2 660MB full-height drives. It's running AT&T Unix System5 Release 7.3. I gave it away in 2005.

- 2004: A Motorola PowerStack with two expansion units, both with a 525MB QIC drive. The system itself runs at 133MHz and it has 256MB of RAM, a CDROM player and 2 1GB drives in the main unit. I installed AIX 4.1 on it. This is a very neatly designed system. It is on indefinite loan.

- 2004: A VME system from 1983 running ACE-UNIX V2. It was made by Dutch firm Microproject and is called the loVME system. It has an RO-204 20MB harddisk, 5.25" floppy and a CDC-LARK drive (removable harddisk with 25MB cartridges). I threw it away in 2005. Nobody wanted it.. VME is dead?

- 2004: An IBM 5155 (Portable Personal Computer). It has 640KB RAM and a bunch of ISA cards (Genius mouse, serial, floppy, parallel, CGA). It has a 20MB Miniscribe SCSI harddisk but the controller is missing and I don't have an 8-bit SCSI controller (yet). I traded it in 2004.

45 * 2004: Another Sun Ultra 5 (270MHz). No HD/memory. I put in 128MB In 2005, I had a spare 40GB drive from my old server and installed Solaris 10.

46 * 2004: A Sun Ultra 10 Creator3D (300MHz) with 128MB memory but no harddisk (yet). At first I thought I had blown up the CPU, but I had only bent a single pin. It is now working. I eBayed some memory, it now has 256Mb. After putting in a 30GB IDE disk I was able to install Solaris 8. I also put in a SunPCi (Penguin) card and that is now running Windows 98.

47 * 2004: A Sun JavaStation-1, the 'Mr. Coffee' model with 8MB memory. I put in 64MB. (Mine is blue).

- 2004: An Apple Macintosh Quadra 700. I put in 8MB memory and a 400MB harddisk and installed A/UX 3.0 from original media (thanks Jeroen Scheerder!). At first I couldn't get it to work (panic: no root fs) but this was solved by.. using a slower CD-ROM player. A/UX gigamac 3.0 SVR2 mc68040. I gave it away in 2005.

- 2004: An HP9000/300. It came with a Facit 4040 paper tape reader/writer! It has a 68030 CPU at 33MHz (model 370), a SCSI board and a video card. It has 16MB of memory. I intalled NetBSD 1.6.2 on an external 1GB SCSI harddisk (this was far from trivial as the installer did not correctly see the disk). The Facit is also still working, but I traded it for the book 'Open Minds 1982 - 1992' about Sun Microsystems. I did get another paper tape reader/writer some time later. In 2005, I tried to give it away. Nobody wanted it so I threw it away (a pity, especially because of the SCSI card).

- 2004: An HP150 system with a 9133 expansion box (15MB harddisk and 3.5" floppy drive) that is probably broken. The system is extended with a built-in printer. The HP150 has a touchscreen, i.e. there are infrared LEDs and LDRs beside the screen, forming a matrix, that is used to detect an object (finger) being there. I have no boot media so it's pretty useless now. I gave it away in 2005.

- 2004: A MicroVAX 3100 m10e, 20MB memory, with a Storage Expansion unit with 2 RZ56 (665MB) drives. I installed Ultrix 4.5 on it but sold it in 2004.

- 2004: An Apollo 400s (68030 at 50MHz) system with 300MB harddisk, 48MB memory, EISA and two A1416 videocards. I couldn't get NetBSD 1.6.2 to work so I installed NetBSD 1.5.2 succesfully. I still have to get X running though. I also had a second one which I gave away. I sold this one in 2005.

- 2004: A Sun SPARCserver 370 (a/k/a Sun 4/370) with some graphical boards from ISGtec. It didn't work at all. I threw it away except for the mainboard, which hopefully is still okay. Maybe I'll get a Sun4 case in the future.

48 * 2004: A Sun SunRay1. It boots from my Sun Ultra 30.

- 2004: A Digital VAXstation 4000 VLC. 24MB memory, 1GB disk. I've installed NetBSD 1.6. I traded it in 2004.

- 2004: A Data General AViiON 4000 series. This thing has a Motorola 88k processor. It has 12MB RAM and a harddisk that did *poof* when I turned it on. I replaced it with a (full-height) 1.2GB drive. Installing is hard as there is virtually no information on the web, strange. I finally found out (thanks Marden!) that I should use 'b st(insc(),4)' to start the install process. It gives weird errors (SCSI errors, can't find the disk etc.), maybe it's the SCSI cable. I also had to solder batteries to the NVRAM. I sold it in 2005.

49 * 2004: A Sun Ultra 30 creator3d with 248MHz UltraSPARCII processor, 2 9GB disks and 2GB memory, wow! I've installed Solaris 9.

50 * 2004: A Sun Ultra 1, 167MHz UltraSPARC, 384MB memory, 2 and 4GB disks, CDROM, dual-headed with an additional 100Mbps ethernet card. It's running Solaris 9.

- 2004: A Video Technology Laser 500 'color computer'. Looks like a C64. I traded it in 2004.

- 2004: An SGI Indigo2, 195MHz R10000 processor ('IMPACT'), 256MB memory, 4GB disk, Solid Impact graphics. This is a purple Indigo2 (my previous ones were teal). I've installed IRIX 6.5.6. I got rid of it in 2005.

- 2004: A Sony NWS-1250 laptop. 8MB RAM, 240MB disk. NeWS-OS 4.0C is installed, but needs a registration number. I have a number generator, but it's written in 680x0 assembly and none of my (cross)assemblers or simulator grok it. I finally was helped by Jean-Noel Petit, who happens to have a working NWS-1250. After getting the registration number, I was able to boot into single-user mode and crack the contents of the password file. I sold it in 2005.

- 2004: Another Sun SLC. 12MB RAM. The screen is a bit fuzzy. I gave it away in 2006.

- 2004: Another Sun SPARCclassic. I gave it away in 2006..

- 2004: A Video Technology Laser 310 'color computer'. I traded it in 2004.

- 2004: More Cisco stuff. A 1603 router with 4MB flash and serial card, and an old AGS/2-2E2T4S-M5, loaded, being the old nl-gw.nluug.nl (one of the oldest Cisco's in the Netherlands). I gave it to Cisco Netherlands in 2005.

- 2004: Another Sun 3/50. I gave it away in 2006..

- 2004: Another Sun 3/50. With 68881 coprocessor and a Parity Systems 16MB memory expansion. I gave it away in 2006..

51 * 2004: A Sun Netra i5. This is just a SparcServer 5 but with a different label on the front. 256MB memory, 2 1GB disks, Solaris 7. In 2005, I put in a SunPC card (133MHz 586).

52 * 2004: A Sun Ultra 1 Creator3D. Untested yet.

- 2004: A Sun SPARCclassic. I gave it away in 2006..

- 2004: An HP 715/100. I traded it.

53 * 2004: A Sun SparcStation 5, 170MHz, 64MB RAM, 0.5GB disk.

54 * 2004: A Sun SparcStation 4, 85MHz, no RAM/disk. Untested yet.

55 * 2004: A Sun Netra i4 (110MHz). 64MB memory, CDROM, floppy, no harddisk. I put in a 4.2GB disk and upgraded to 160MB RAM and installed OpenBSD 3.5. I also installed a 711 diskpack with a bunch of 4.2GB drives.

- 2004: An SGI Indy R4600 without disk. I traded it.

- 2004: An HP 715/100XC. I sold it in 2005.

- 2004: A Sun 3/60. I gave it away in 2006.

56 * 2004: A Tadpole SPARCbook (1). 16MB RAM, 120MB harddisk. It currently runs SunOS 4.1.2.

57 * 2004: A Sun Ultra 2. It has 2 200MHz CPUS, 256MB RAM (which I upgraded to 576MB), CD-ROM drive, 4+9GB disks. It ran a special Xerox version of Solaris 2.6. I re-installed FreeBSD 5.3 and later OpenBSD 3.6, but on neither, the X Window System worked, so I eventually installed Solaris 8. In 2005, I put in 2 400MHz CPU's, increased memory to 1280MB and disk to 2x 9GB and I installed Solaris 9.

58 * 2004: A Sun SparcServer 1000 with 4 CPUs and 256MB RAM. I put in a 1GB disk and installed Solaris 2.3.

59 * 2004: A Sun SunScreen SPF-100. There was nothing in it. I put in 256MB memory and 2 0.5GB disks and a cgsix framebuffer and installed OpenBSD (this is supposed to be a firewall system, right? :).

- 2004: A Sun SPARCserver 3x0 in a SPARCserver 630MP enclosure. The CPU board has 32MB RAM and there is a Solflower SF330MEM memory expansion board in it with another 64MB RAM. It has 2 330MB drives, a color graphics card and a SCSI/Ethernet expansion board as well. I gave it away in 2006.

- 2005: Another Motorola PowerStack. It runs at 133Mhz, has 256MB RAM, CD-ROM, 2GB disk, 525MB QIC and DDS tape drives in an expansion unit. I installed AIX 4.1.4 but am planning to install Solaris later (so it fits in the Sun collection ;-). I never got to that.. couldn't get it to work and gave the system away in 2012.

60 * 2005: An Axil SparcStation 5 clone. Untested yet.

- 2005: A DEC Multia. I put in a 810MB 2.5" SCSI harddisk and installed OpenBSD 3.1. I sold it in 2005.

- 2005: A Sun SparcStation ClassicX. I gave it away in 2006.

- 2005: Another Sun SparcStation IPC. I gave it away in 2006.

61 * 2005: A Sun E450 with 4x400MHz CPUs, 12x9GB disk, 2GB memory. It runs Solaris 10. Later, I upgraded to 4GB RAM and put in 10x36GB and 10x18GB disks. It is currently at Student Society GEWIS.

62 * 2005: Another Sun SparcStation 10. It has 2 50MHz CPUs, 272MB RAM and 2 disks (4+9GB). It runs Solaris 9.

63 * 2005: A Sun Blade 100 (128MB RAM, 15GB disk). I've installed Solaris 10 and upgraded RAM to 768MB (it took a long time before finding out registered memory needs jumper JP6 to be installed).

- 2005: A Sun Enterprise 250. It has 2 400Mhz CPUs, 1GB RAM and 2 18GB disks. It has a Raptor GFX graphics card and also came with two D1000 StorEdge's (one has 12x 4.2GB, the other has 6x 18GB and 6x 36GB). I replaced the disk with 6 9GB disk and installed Solaris 10. Eventually, I put the memory and CPUs in my Ultra 2 and sold the remains.

- 2005: Another Sun Ultra 30 creator. 250MHz, 512MB RAM and 2 SUN4.2 disks. I gave it away in 2006.

- 2005: Another Sun Ultra 30 creator. 250MHz, 512MB RAM and 2 SUN4.2 disks. Scrapped in 2012..

- 2005: Another Sun E450! This one has 2x250MHz CPUs and 512MB RAM. There's plenty of SCSI cards in it and there are 20 9GB disks in it (and a DDS3 streamer). I traded it for a Blade 150.

65 * 2005: Another Sun Ultra 5. 400MHz, 256MB, 9.1GB disk. I've installed Solaris 9.

66 * 2005: A Sun SunRay 100.

- 2005: An HP9000 series 8000 E25 sytem. 48MHz RISC processor, 64MB RAM, 2+1+1GB disks, CDROM, 4GB DDS drive. It runs HP-UX 10.20 but I upgraded to 11i which is not doing well with 64MB. Later I got some extra memory and upgraded to 192MB. Scrapped in 2012.

67 * 2005: A Sun Blade 150. It has 640MB RAM and a 40GB harddisk. I've installed Solaris 10 and use it at work. Later I added a SunPCi II card ("Chimera", 600MHz Celeron PC card).

- 2005: A Sun 3/160. It has a "Carrera" 4MB CPU board and a 4MB memory expansion. The QIC drive has a bad tape roll, one of the two ESDI drives won't spin up (both are 141MB). It was running SunOS 4.1. I swapped the tape drive with my only working QIC-11 drive and installed SunOS 3.5 from original tapes from 1987, still working like a charm! The only thing is, the ethernet doesn't seem to work. I gave it away in 2006.

- 2005: Another Sun E450 with 2x300Mhz, 4GB RAM, 4x36+6x18GB drives and a 1000BaseT card. I've used all the CPUs/RAM/drives to put in other systems.

68 * 2005: A Fujitsu S4/5 model 110. This is actually a Sun SparcStation 4 with a Fujitsu badge.

- 2005: A whole bunch of IBM RT stuff which I gave away some time later.

- 2005: A Eurocom-1 single board computer from Eltec in a nice wooden case made by Manudax.

70 * 2006: An RDI Powerlite (or is it a Britelite-LX?). This is a Sparc in laptop format. The system says it's a Powerlite, but the CPU is a 50MHz TMS390S10 microSPARC, which corresponds to a Britelite-LX. It has 48MB RAM, a 1.2GB and 810MB harddisk, floppy, modem and 1024x768 colour screen (cg3 graphics). It runs Solaris 2.6.

- 2006: A Toshiba Portégé P3500 tablet PC. I upgraded the drive with the drive from my (now stolen) PowerBook. The CPU fan broke and you know what? NOBODY will sell you a spare fan (except people in Australia who only ship to Australia, a fan costs about 8AUD there). I have to pay more than 10 times that to have it repaired, and they killed the 512MB simm that's in it :(( I gave it away in 2010.

71 * 2006: A MacBook Pro 15" to replace the PowerBook that was stolen. I upgraded to 2GB RAM immediately. In 2007, I put in a 200GB drive. Later, I killed it by pouring coffee on it. The screen is a bit damaged. The WiFi stopped working. The keyboard is sticky and the backlighting fails but I replaced it in 2010 when the new MacBook died.

72 * 2006: A Sun "Mr. Coffee" JavaStation-1 in white. I already had a blue one.

73 * 2007: I decided to buy a new server to replace the Celeron system I bought in 2002. The main goal was to reduce the amount of power used. To do this, I removed all DVD/CD/floppy/tape drives, use only one hard drive instead of two, removed the video card (serial terminal) and use only one SIMM. For backups, I now use the old giga.giga.nl system, which has become a dedicated backup server that is normally not switched on. The new giga.giga.nl still runs FreeBSD 6-CURRENT, but using the following low-power hardware: Asus K8N4-E SE motherboard, AMD Mobile Athlon 64 3200+ CPU, 320GB SATA drive, 1GB memory and a special SilentMaxx fanless power supply. By using a wireless PCI card, I eliminate the need for a dedicated wireless base station. Also, I have upgraded to Gpbs networking. As serial terminal, I am using an ADM-3a :-) Just after installing FreeBSD, the system completely stopped working. I think the CPU has blown :( I ordered a replacement AMD Mobile Turion 64 MT-34. The system still has problems: it will crash every few days. If I can't fix it, I will buy a Soekris :-/ Also, the built-in wireless stuff doesn't work as I cannot find a decent card that is supported. The panics were solved by disabling IPv6. The FreeBSD/IPv6/NAT/firewalling problem has now haunted me long enough (since end 2002). The wireless is now done using an Apple Extreme basestation (802.11n). The ADM3a is not used anymore, because it leaks power and trips the safety. In 2008, I upgraded to FreeBSD 7.0. It now runs 8.x-STABLE. In 2011, I replaced it with a fit-PC2i.

74 * 2007: A Sun Netra T1 model AC200, with 500MHz CPU, 1.25GB RAM and 2 36GB drives. I could not get a CDROM to work so I decided to do a net-install. I used the next item for this, it took me some time to get it all working in conjunction with my FreeBSD DHCP server.

75 * 2007: A Sun Netra T1 model 105, with 440MHz CPU, 1GB RAM and 2 18GB drives. I've installed Solaris 10.

- 2007: A 1U server that I've put in colo. It's an Asus RS100-E4/PA4 with an Intel Quad Xeon 2.13Ghz, 4GB ECC RAM and 2 750GB in RAID1 setup. It runs FreeBSD 7 and is my main mail/web server. In fact, it runs about 9 web servers in different jails. In 2010, after a nasty crash due to a double power failure, I upgraded to FreeBSD 8 and software RAID 1 on 2 2TB disks. In 2011, it suddenly died. I bought a new system.

- 2007: Aargh! I spilled coffee over my MacBook Pro and killed it.. I bought a new one (2.4GHz, 4GB RAM, 200GB drive). In 2009 I put in a 500GB drive and in 2010 I upgraded to 6GB RAM. In 2010, it broke down and I bought a new one.

76 * 2009: An Asus eeePC 1000H. I've bought a Broadcom BCM94321MC wireless netwerk card to replace the built-in card and upgraded to 2GB RAM. I've installed Mac OS X next to the standard Windows XP.

- 2009: A MicroVAX 3400. I built in a cooker so I could do "make egg". This was presented at the HAR hacker conference (and afterwards shredded).

- 2009: Some VME system which turned out to be an ISG Allegro system, used to process graphical data from MR PET scans. Unfortunately, the system was completely dead when I got it.

* 2009: A Sun SunFire V440. 4x 36GB disks, 4GB RAM, dual cpu (1.062GHz). I've installed Solaris 10 and use this to replace my Blad 150 as SunRay server. I put in 2 extra CPUs with an extra 4GB RAM from the other SunFire V440 I got. One of the PSU's has stopped working. In 2014, the other PSU stopped and I threw it away.

- 2009: Another Sun SunFire V440 with 4x 36GB disks and 4GB RAM, dual cpu. I've put the CPUs into the other V440.

* 2009: A Sun SunFire V480. 4GB RAM, I've put in 2x 36GB disks. Since it is so big, I shredded it in 2014.

* 2009: A Sun SunFire 280R with 1 CPU and 1GB of RAM. I've put in 2x 36GB disks, but hadn't gotten to play around with it until 2014 when I got another 280R. I put the memory of this one in the other one and threw the remains away.

- 2009: An Asus eeePC 1008HA running Windows 7. I won it at Hack.lu and gave it to my wife.

77 * 2009: A Palm Pre phone/palm device/GPS/.. to replace my Sony Clie and my telephone. Since it's running Linux, I'm adding it here.

78 * 2010: Wow! A Sun TEMPEST SparcStation 2 (T-SPARCstation 2 or T2). I didn't even know they existed until, after a talk with Whitfield Diffie, he donated his box to me (the monitor was given to a museum). It then took 2.5 years to get the thing from the USA to here (thanks Joep!). The box has two drive bays, but no disk trays. Inside, it's a regular SPARCstation 2 with 64MB RAM and a cgsix. It cannot be opened, so I cannot fix the dead NVRAM. Also, looked for trays (unobtainium I would guess).

79 * 2010: A Sun Blade 2000. It has one CPU (UltraSparc III+), 2GB of RAM and two drives (72+36GB) and a Chimera PC board.

80 * 2010: My MacBook Pro suddenly stopped working. Seems to be the main board :( I bought a new one (2.66GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB drive). I immediately upgraded to 8GB RAM and later put in a 750GB drive. In 2012, I replaced the drive with a 500GB SSD drive.

81 * 2010: A Sun 3/110. It has 24MB memory and a SCSI adapter. This was the first Sun with color output (1987). It has no hard drive attached so no OS is installed at the moment.

82 * 2010: Another Sun 3/50. 4MB RAM. It came with a Helios RAM expansion board (8MB).

83 * 2010: Another Sun SparcStation 10.

84 * 2010: A Tatung Super COMPstation 7/30 (SS10 clone) with 50MHz CPU, 32MB RAM, 1GB drive, cgsix. Haven't really played with it yet.

85 * 2010: A GoldStar GWS-20, 64MB RAM. It hadn't been used for a while (WARNING: clock gained 3867 days -- CHECK AND RESET THE DATE!) :-) Haven't really played with it yet.

86 * 2010: A TRITEC SparcStation 20 clone with a 40MHz SuperSPARC CPU, 64MB RAM and two 2GB disks. It has a TurboGX framebuffer.

87 * 2010: A replacement for zoei.giga.nl. Intel core i3-530 CPU, 4GB RAM, 640GB disk, nVidia GeForce GT220 video card, Gbps ethernet and some other stuff.

* 2011: A 1U server that I've put in colo. It's a Supermicro with two Intel Dual Xeon 3.20Ghz CPU's, 4GB RAM and 2 2TB in RAID1 setup (replacing the ASUS that crashed). It is my main mail/web server. In fact, it runs about 9 web servers in different jails. Currently on FreeBSD 8-STABLE. In 2012, I replaced it with a new server to decrease the power usage and sold it.

88 * 2011: A second-hand 1U server just in case the SuperMicro breaks. It's an Asus RS100-E4/PA4 with an Intel Quad Xeon 2.13Ghz, 4GB ECC RAM and 2 500GB disks.

89 * 2011: A fit-PC2i system (Intel Atom Z550 CPU at 2GHz, 2GB RAM, 2x gigabit ethernet, wireless, 750GB harddisk) to replace my home server (giga.giga.nl). This baby is super efficient with power. Thanks to the built-in wireless, I no longer need a separate access point, saving even more power. The 750GB disk is a WD Scorpio Blue. I started with FreeBSD 8-STABLE. In 2012, I upgraded to FreeBSD 9-STABLE. Also, the wireless turned out to be crappy (at least, the FreeBSD driver for it) so I'm still using an Apple Airport via a USB-ethernet connection for that. In 2014, I upgraded to a fit-PC3

90 * 2012: A Sun Blade 1000 (750MHz, 2.5GB RAM). It had an 18GB disk which I replaced with 2 36GB drives. I wanted to install Solaris 11, but it didn't like the hardware.. so I settled for Solaris 8, which was originally on the machine.

91 * 2012: My SuperMicro turned out to use 0.8A and I have to pay per 0.1A in the datacenter.. So I bought a new 1U server with an Intel Core-i3, and 16GB RAM and put in my original 2x2TB disks.

92 * 2012: A Sun Blade 2500 Silver. Dual 1.6GHz CPU, 2GB RAM, 146GB disk, XVR-100 graphics. I wanted to install FreeBSD 9.0 on it, but that didn't support the video card. Then I wanted to install OpenSolaris 11, but that doesn't support UltraSPARC-IIIi CPU's. Sigh. I've ended up with Solaris 10. In 2014, I added a 72GB drive.

93 * 2013: A Digital DNARD (DIGITAL Network Appliance Reference Design), also known as the 'shark'. 32MB RAM, 1.5GB harddisk, running NetBSD 1.6.

94 * 2013: Another Sun SparcStation 1. This one has no disks nor a framebuffer and only 4MB of RAM. Also, the fan makes bad noises. But: the NVRAM is still alive:
ROM Rev. 1.3, 4 MB memory installed, Serial #16379.
Ethernet address 8:0:20:7:93:b, Host ID: 51003ffb.

95 * 2013: A Tatung Micro COMPstation TWS-2050 (SS5 clone). It has 16MB of RAM, no disks and a cg3 framebuffer (and an ampty NVRAM).

96 * 2013: Another Sun SPARCstation Voyager. It has 64MB RAM, an 810MB drive and a cgsix framebuffer! It also includes a battery, keyboard, mouse and carrying case. It was running NetBSD 3.1 when I got it; I upgraded to 6.1. The NVRAM needs fixing.

97 * 2013: My MacBook Pro was 3 years old, so I bought a new one. So this time I have time to install everything while still using the old one. (Previously, my MacBooks broke or got stolen). This has has a 2.6GHz processor, 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD drive. Maxed out, since you cannot add a lot once you've bought it.

98 * 2014: A Sun SunFire 280R with 2 CPU's and 2GB of RAM and 2 36GB disks. I put in an extra GB of RAM from my previous 280R and installed Solaris 10 on it. It's actually a bit too big to keep in the collection so I shredded it in 2014.

99 * 2014: A Sun SunFire V100 with 1GB of RAM and a 40GB disk. I added a 80GB disk I had lying around. For the installation, the first bootable CD I found was OpenSolaris 11, but it wouldn't install on this hardware. I made a FreeBSD 10.0 CDROM and used that to install a working OS on it.

100 * 2014: A Sun Netra T2000. Wow, this thing is packed! 8-core 1.2GHz UltraSPARC-T1, 16GB of RAM and 2 146GB drives. I've installed Solaris 10.

101 * 2014: A fit-PC3 system to replace the fit-PC2i. It has a 1GHz AMD CPU, 16GB RAM, dual Gbps ethernet ports and a 1TB disk. I replaced the internal WiFi card for an Atheros card. However, the FreeBSD driver is not up to it. I've reverted to using an external base station. I've tried using a USB3 ethernet adapter, but its performance was worse than an older USB2 adapter I had (the driver is too new I suppose). I upgraded to FreeBSD 10.

102 * 2014: Another 3COM Palm III handheld (19Mhz dragonball, 2MB RAM).

103 * 2014: A SunBlade 1500. I now have all SunBlades (100, 150, 1000, 1500, 2000 and 2500) in my collection. This one has 4GB RAM, 80+320GB disks and XVR-600 graphics. It had Solaris 10 installed and I only had to guess the root password to get in ;-)

104 * 2014: A SunFire V250. An interesting system, as it is a server in a deskside cabinet. It has 2 1.28Ghz CPU's, 8GB RAM and came with 4 72GB disks. I added 4 18GB disks and installed FreeBSD 10. There's also a Penguin (SunPCi 400MHz) board in it and I added a Gbps NIC.

105 * 2014: Another Sun Ultra 1 with 167Mhz CPU, 2x2GB disks and 128MB RAM. I had to re-seat the SIMMs as I got memory errors. Also, the NVRAM is dead. One of the disks makes a terrible noise and the system doesn't want to boot. I've left it as it is for now.

106 * 2014: Another Sun SparcStation 10. Two 1GB drives, empty NVRAM, cgsix framebuffer, 128MB RAM. What is interesting, is that it has some prototype of the combined SCSI/ethernet SBUS card (501-2015) with piggybacked chips on it. I took the first OS I could find which happened to be Solaris 1.1.1 and had to fix the host type in NVRAM to get it to boot. However, I got SCSI errors, looks like termination problems, but it could also be the NVRAM. I swapped it with the NVRAM of my other SS10, but that was dead as well ;-/ I dug up the trusty soldering iron and fixed it. It then turned out the SCSI-problem was due to the CDROM using a too large blocksize (weird, since I had also tried a genuine Sun CD-ROM player, the one with trays). This was solved by installing Solaris 7 instead, which is what it is now running happily.

107 * 2014: Another Sun SunRay 1.

108 * 2014: Looking at my collection, I noticed a SunRay 1G standing around, don't remember where/when I got it?! The difference with the SunRay 1 is that the 1G has better graphics (via DVI instead of VGA).

109 * 2014: A Sun Fire B1600 chassis with a whole load of blade modules: 10 B100x units (AMD Mobile 1800+ CPU, 2GB RAM, 30GB disk) all running Linux (but one sometimes has problems with the console). There's also 6 B100s (UltraSPARC IIe 650MHz) units, 4 of those have 2GB RAM and a 30GB disk, of which one has a faulty disk (I put in an old 12GB drive), 1 has 1GB RAM and one is empty (no CPU, RAM or disk). I had to hack into the SSC (disconnect one of the PSU's and you can log in as admin without password - neat). Booting the AMD blades from the network was also not easy. I couldn't get into the BIOS by pressing F2. Eventually, I found out that from the console, you can enter bootmode bootscript="boot net" s0 and then reset s0 to get it to do a netboot. After setting up a PXE boot server, it took me a few more hours to get it to use the serial console and to find out that FreeBSD's sysinstall has been replaced by bsdinstall. I've installed FreeBSD 10.1 on the AMD blades (except for one that doesn't seem to work). The SPARC blades also took some work. I had to find out how to install a JumpStart server, and how to netboot from the secondary ethernet (boot /pci@1f,0/network@b - install). Also, during boot I'd get a /sbin/install-discovery: information: not found but entering exit on that error worked.

Thanks Joost, Nico, Ben, Jim, Henk, Bart, Wouter, Paul, Ane-Pieter, SURFnet, Ton, Yves, Lino, Robert, Mark, Frits, Pitr, Stijn, Willem, Twan & Ald Weishoes, Dimitri, CVML, Matti, Patrick, Andy, Eugene, Robert, Stephan, Rob, Wilko, Chris, Michiel, Egon, Henny, Remco, Wim, Huub, Joost, Paul, NLUUG, Edwin, Frans, Toon, Jaap, Diederik, UU, Bas, Marcel, Fred, Ad's neighbour, BCF TU/e, Victor, Erik, Alain, Xaa, Teus, Koef/Hans, Rudi, Jeroen, Bert, Paul, Rhodix UNIX Professionals, Klaas, Whitfield, Peter, C&CZ, Jan, Geert Jan, Christophe, Jan, Andreas/UNET, Bart, Hans, Alex&Wietze (RUG) and others!

I started installing emulators so I now have Apple IIgs / MSX2+ / Colecovision / Master System / Game Gear / Gameboy / NES / P2000 / Atari 600 / Atari 800 / Atari ST / ZX 128 / VIC-20 / PET / C64 / C128 / Vectrex / Archimedes all running under UNIX/X which is great!
Oh yeah, there are microprocessors in my VCR and amplifier also :-) And in my original Asteroids arcade game!

Systems I would like to have:

BrandTypeRemarks
Sun1
Sun3/75 
SunSPARCstation ZX 
SunSPARCcluster 1 
Sun486iUnobtainium..
SunJavaStation-E (Espresso) 
IntergraphWindows NT for SPARC 
Any interesting Sun machine  

For trade: SparcStation 1, SparcStation 10, Ultra-1, SunFire 280R.

Yawn.

Best Viewed With Any Browser

©1995-2013 Walter Belgers