We may be interested in getting this system to add Linux support. It is
quite rare and despite having an R3000 processor as its main computational
unit it actually has a VAX processor as well, which is used for executing
diagnostics. There is some programming-level documentation available --
much enough I think a port should be moderately easy, at least from the
hardware point of view. Code may require major surgery here and there,
I'd take the system myself as it would be a good check for portability of
code, but it's out of reach for me at the moment.
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Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 15:59:53 +0100
From: Wolfgang Rupp <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: DECsystem 5500 available
I have a DECsystem 5500 ("Mipsfair-2") located in Vienna, Austria, to a
This is basically a Mayfair VAX, but with a MIPS CPU card instead.
You could change it to a VAX with an appropriate CPU card.
64MB RAM, 2x 1GB DSSI disks, 1x1GB (I think) SCSI disk, Ethernet onboard.
Modules: M7637, M7638, M7639. BA420 case, Ultrix 4.4 installed, original
system manual, lots of extra stuff (ID jumpers for DSSI, the strange power
The box has been under DEC support, probably until I bought it in 2000.
It looks like new. Even the DEC service card is still on the system door.
Weight: 70kg / 150lbs. Local pickup only, or you organize and pay
shipping. Cost: any offer is welcome, DEC stuff preferred. I try to loose
weight, so don't offer beer :-)