[vcf-midatlantic] Tarbell DD controller troubleshooting

Richard Cini rich.cini at gmail.com
Mon Aug 7 20:29:48 EDT 2017

All –


                Not sure if anyone has worked on these boards before, but I’m working on a Tarbell DD controller for a machine I’m restoring and it doesn’t respond to any manual communications with the board using the test routines in the manual. The simplest test is to write a value to the data port and read it back using a ROM monitor. I always get 0xFF back. Since it’s jumper-selectable for port ranges, I’ve tried both ranges.


                I didn’t know if this was a common failure mode, but I thought I’d first replace the buss interface chips – 8208 octal 3-state transceivers. Not sure if there is a known cross reference or replacement. If so, what is it?


                I also have a second Tarbell DD controller (a spare) which won’t allow the CPU to come out of reset. Not sure if that sounds familiar to anyone, but I thought I’d mention it in case it sounds familiar.







Rich Cini




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