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Old Eprom Programming Unit

Chuck(G)

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Looks like an EPROM programmer for some 28-pin (2764, 27128, etc.) PROMs. Do you have the programming software that goes with it?

Without the programming software, however, it's not going to be terribly useful. I also suspect that said software has to be used only on 5150/5160 speed systems.
 

Pipp

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What would the software look like? All I can find really is cassette tapes not any disks
 

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It'd be on disks, almost certainly.

What might be the most interesting part of this assemblage is the documentation. It appears to come from a time just before the invasion of inexpensive gear from Taiwan. Used to be that you could go to a "computer fair" or weekend swap meet and find piles of Far East EPROM programmers for sale, usually with the "Sunshine" brand. This is clearly not one of those.

Do you suppose that you might scan the documentation for posterity? I wonder if it was mentioned in any of the early magazines, such as Kilobaud...
 

Pipp

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Yes. I will take pictures and scan this document for everyone. It might take a few days.
 

Pipp

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Most of the circut board type things are labeled Meseran? He also had bunches of chip type things with clear windows with gold tops and gray tops labeled things like "IBM 5100" "Vector" "Bendix". I looked the guy up and he did some type of radio carbon dating among other things. He had an entire room setup for this stuff with big magnyfing glass things and work area's
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Those things with windows are EPROMs, specifically UV EPROMs, which this thing was made to program. Some of the labels seem to be interesting; it ought to be worthwhile reading them out and archiving the contents. Keep them out of sunlight--strong light can erase them.

From a fuzzy photograph, it's hard to say much about the boards, other than they appear to be memory boards of some type, appearing as if they were made to hold programmed EPROMs. Unless someone recognizes these, it's going to be difficult telling what they belong to, however.

However, based on your statement, I'm going to take a flyer and say that they belong to something called a "MESERAN Surface Analyzer", which apparently employed radioactive Carbon 14 solutions to evaluate the topology and deposits on surfaces. Think "clean room", EPA measurements, and perhaps forensics. MESERAN appears to be an acronym. The Meseran company was very small and was eventually acquired by Ametek.

After that, I can't determine what happened to the technology.

Would the guy you got this stuff from happen to be named Jack (John L.) Anderson?
 
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Pipp

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Ok. This weekend I will label out all of the Eproms. Most are in boxes stuck into foam type pads ontop and bottom. Almost all of them have stickers ontop with what they are supposed to do. Alot are labeled IBM witha 4 digit #
 

Pipp

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Yeah I am in chattanooga. I see old computers all the time and never really thought about buying them. This stuff was there Friday , Saturday till I bought it Sunday. I will be looking at every computer from now on lol.
 

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The dude who owned this stuff was basically a badass. He fought in WWII , was a Dr. and Invented the Meseran Surface Analyzer .
 

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@dabone

Do you have an EPROM programmer in which you can read some of Pipp's EPROMs? I think that would be the best way to get this stuff archived with a minimum of risk.

My point was that history is made by people, not by boxes. This is the reason why I maintain an interest--it's not the boxes, but the people and stories behind it.

The guy who owned this stuff originally was quite a person; I still haven't figured out a firm he had in Orlando (FL) called Space Research, Inc. I suspect that it was just a holding company as records on it go about as far as the state business records.
 

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I've got a eprom programmer, it can read back to the 2532 and 2716s, proms I'll have to check with a friend.
(I've got a pal programmer in the basement, but haven't tried it. It's ISA based)

Later,
dabone
 

Pipp

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I am in east ridge dabone so not far at all. I wrote down some the names on some of the chips that are stored in the plastic boxes . All of these have labels over the clear parts if that matters
IBM 5800 11/10/3
IBM 6800 11/10/3
IBM 6000 11/10/3
IBM 7800 11/10/3
IBM 7000 11/10/3
SYM KN5 KIM
BENDIX 5800 4/85
7800
BENDIX 7000 4/26/85
BENDIX 6800 4/26/85
2400B 4800 F000 6/5/85
5000 BENDIX 4/85
BENDIX 4800 4/85
BENDIX 6000 4/26/85
VECTOR 489
7800 Strobe
5801 Fooo
2000 Switch Check Prgm Lights
2000 Memory Check Prgm
 

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Just drop me a line if you want me to dump these. I can handle those eproms with no problems.

It will be a couple of weeks or so before I can get to it, I'm in the middle of a divorce currently.
(Living room is packed full of her belongings, and no it had nothing to do with my hobby.) :rolleyes:

Later,
dabone
 

Pipp

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I went through about half the boxes and took some pictures of more stuff. Found a floppy disc drive unused and a VHS tape on computing and a bunch of stuff I dont know what it is.
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Yup, the contents of someone's workshop. Some interesting things, some no so much.

(P.S. it would be useful if you could organize these as a gallery, rather than a bunch of standalone links. I think Photobucket will let you do that).

Random power supplies, connectors, and other things, maybe not so special.

The stuff that stuck out to me was the collection of tubes (last one); you should definitely itemize the type (number printed on the end flap of each carton) and quantity of each one. Some types go for substantial money from vintage audiophiles.

About midway though the links, you've got some small gas regulators (they have the knob on top of the metal body). Those were never cheap and could bring some funds in the industrial supply and MRO section of eBay.

That's after a quick look. A lot of the stuff is still available today, so maybe not so valuable. The contents of those EPROMs might be interesting before you flog the ICs themselves on eBay to the IC collector guys.
 
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