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Author BA215?

Posts: 4
Joined: 12.02.10
Posted on April 28 2011 13:56
I like the BA215 form factor, but not the CPU options. Does anyone know, did DEC ever build a VAX that was more similar hardware-wise to a 4000-700 (where the CPU wasn't on the QBus directly) but was in an enclosure more similar in size to the BA215?

Thanks in advance!
Author RE: BA215?

Posts: 461
Joined: 15.04.08
Posted on April 28 2011 14:38
The were two options for speeding up that system.

1. VAX 4000 Model 50. This was a brick that contained DZ ports, SCSI, DSSI, and memory and ran at 20 VUPS.

I think if you could find a way to power a VAX 4000 Model 50, that it could run with out a q-bus attached.

2. VAX 4000 Model 1xx with the Q-BUS adapter. These were desktop size boxes with cables to a Q-BUS adapter. The fastest one was 38 VUPS, which is a bit slower than the VAX 4000 Model 700.
Author RE: RE: BA215?

Posts: 4
Joined: 12.02.10
Posted on April 28 2011 15:00
Nice find on the VAX 4000-50 "VAXbrick"!! I'd never heard of them! Looks like the quick specs show that the 4000-50 is supported in the BA215.
I did know about the desktop VAX 4000's with the QBus adapter, but then the brains aren't really in the BA215.

So, anyone on here ever seen a VAXbrick, or have one (and/or a BA215, preferably with VAX 4000 badges) they'd be willing to sell?

I'd also be really interested in re-acquiring a 4000 VLC. I'm kicking myself for having sold mine a few years ago...

Many, many thanks!
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