[vcf-midatlantic] 9000/300 available (fwd)

J. Alexander Jacocks jjacocks at gmail.com
Fri Dec 22 16:29:28 EST 2017

I'm glad to hear that you got the drive spinning.  Too bad that one of the
heads is broken in the floppy, but I believe that the HP 9000/300 series
used generic PC-style 720k floppy drives.

- Alex

On Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 1:52 PM, Herb Johnson via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> J. Alexander Jacocks (Alex) did acquire those HP 9000's and brought a few
> to Festivus. I want to acknowledge and thank him for his efforts. I was one
> who acquired a 9000/300 and a hard/floppy drive. VCFed Museum got a set
> also, as did others. Not a big priority for me, but I used HP computing
> equipment in the era, I have a number of HP test equipment items, and so on.
> Alex particularly worked hard at my request, to try to generate a boot
> floppy during the event. I literally had to pry his fingers from his
> laptop, as he tried to get 21st century technology to generate 1980's 3.5"
> floppies. My "cave man" needs were simply to see the floppy drive
> acknowledged during boot-up.
> Since the event, I got the hard drive - old MFM 5.25 inch drive - to
> operate; the system comes up in BASIC. I have two 800K floppy drives
> working (a third has a broken head).
> I'm hampered in looking it over, by the lack of a proper monochrome
> monitor. It's a composite video, my guess 30Khz horizontal rate. I'd like
> to obtain a monitor, or futz with some other monitor. So I'd like to know
> the scan rate and other video-format data. Again, my thanks to Alex Jacocks.
> Herb Johnson
> Herbert R. Johnson, New Jersey in the USA
> http://www.retrotechnology.com OR .net

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