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DECsystem 5500 available (fwd)

Subject: DECsystem 5500 available (fwd)
From: "Maciej W. Rozycki" <>
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2004 22:36:32 +0000 (GMT)
Cc: Wolfgang Rupp <>
Original-recipient: rfc822;
Hello folks,

 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 <>
Subject: DECsystem 5500 available

I have a DECsystem 5500 ("Mipsfair-2") located in Vienna, Austria, to a
good home. 

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
cable, etc.)

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 :-)


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