[vcf-midatlantic] So, we're going to need an office computer.

Dave G4UGM dave.g4ugm at gmail.com
Fri Feb 5 15:49:39 EST 2016


Dave,

That may not be much use. So despite the fact this

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/workstations/z230.html#!&pd1=1

comes with 2 serial ports it has NO PCI slots, and PCI-E Serial Adaptors are a different animal....

Dave
G4UG

> -----Original Message-----
> From: vcf-midatlantic [mailto:vcf-midatlantic-
> bounces at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org] On Behalf Of Dean
> Notarnicola via vcf-midatlantic
> Sent: 05 February 2016 20:22
> To: vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org>
> Cc: Dean Notarnicola <dnotarnicola at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [vcf-midatlantic] So, we're going to need an office computer.
> 
> And a PCI serial port card with a gen-u-wine 16550 is about $25 on Amazon​
> 
> On Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 3:19 PM, Dave G4UGM via vcf-midatlantic < vcf-
> midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> 
> > Bill,
> >  Why "Good luck wth a serial port"? You can get new HP Business
> > desktops with a serial port...
> > ... some times its "optional" but they are about..
> >
> > HP
> >
> >
> > http://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/desktops/hp-prodesk-400-g3-
> microtower-pc
> > -p-p0d98ut-aba--1
> >
> > Lenovo
> >
> >
> > http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/desktops/thinkcentre/m-series-sff/m900-
> sf
> > f/#tab-features
> >
> > Dell
> >
> >
> > http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/optiplex-
> xe2/pd?oc=soxem57p97&model_
> > id=optiplex-xe2&l=en&s=bsd
> >
> > Dave Wade
> > G4UGM
> >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: vcf-midatlantic [mailto:vcf-midatlantic-
> > > bounces at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org] On Behalf Of William
> > > Dudley via vcf-midatlantic
> > > Sent: 05 February 2016 15:06
> > > To: vcf-midatlantic
> > > <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org
> > >
> > > Cc: William Dudley <wfdudley at gmail.com>
> > > Subject: Re: [vcf-midatlantic] So, we're going to need an office
> > computer.
> > >
> > > Evan,
> > >
> > > Good luck on the serial port.
> > >
> > > More likely, get a serial to USB adapter and use that for your
> > > serial
> > port
> > > requirement.
> > >
> > > And why Winders at all?  Microsoft is shoving Win 10 down
> > > everybody's throat, the maker of the FTDI driver for the usb to
> > > serial chip is
> > screwing
> > > around with the driver and breaking FTDI clone adapters.  What
> > application
> > > that runs only on Winders is driving this requirement?
> > >
> > > Bill Dudley
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > > On 2/5/2016 12:26 AM, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> > > >
> > > >> We're going to need a computer for the new museum's
> > > >> office/workbench
> > > area.
> > > >>
> > > >> Requirements:
> > > >>
> > > >> 1. It must have a very small footprint. A full tower, anything
> > > >> rack-mounted, servers, etc. are not suitable for our current
> > situation.
> > > >> Ideally a "mini" case (ha! a minicomputer...) would serve us well.
> > > >>
> > > >> 2. We don't need a laptop and would rather have a desktop anyhow,
> > > >> so we can more easily upgrade it and avoid proprietary stuff.
> > > >>
> > > >> 3. Its motherboard should have a sufficient CPU and enough RAM
> > > >> capacity to run a modern operating system.
> > > >>
> > > >> 4. Serial port. :)
> > > >>
> > > >> 5. We'll need this in the next few weeks.
> > > >>
> > > >> That's about it. I figure we can buy a cheap SSD, install Windows
> > > >> 7
> > > >> SP1
> > > >> -- which is the least-worst version of Windows -- and make it
> > > >> dual-boot into Linux. I can do all of that myself, but it would
> > > >> certainly save time if the system gets to us already configured
> > > >> this
> > way.
> > > >>
> > > >> I have a spare USB keyboard/mouse to donate. VCF owns a few
> > > >> small-ish square LCDs, but we could definitely use a donation of
> > > >> a modern wide-screen LCD -- perhaps a 22-inch or around that size.
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >
> >
> >




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