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NeXT Computer, Inc. => Rare NeXT Hardware => Topic started by: Korperlich on October 17, 2007, 05:20:05 pm

Title: Nitro
Post by: Korperlich on October 17, 2007, 05:20:05 pm
Anyone here own a Nitro, know who does, or know what they're worth these days?
Anyone even seen one?
Title: Nitro
Post by: pentium on October 18, 2007, 01:58:28 am
I don't think anyone here owns one.
To date, only ten have been found and I have seen one go in a sale along with a complete cube for four grand but that was a long time ago and someone mentioned it from another forum posting which came from another forum.
Title: Nitro
Post by: brams on October 18, 2007, 07:44:33 pm
I know of somebody who has one in Texas, I offered him what I thought was a generous price a couple of years back (I cannot recall exactly what but it was in excess of 3000US) and he would not sell, I think it is still up for grabs if he still has it but I think it would cost a small fortune.  It's in a TC slab.

brams
Title: Nitro
Post by: brams on December 17, 2007, 07:49:48 am
OK I have found the email addy for the guy who I knew had a NeXT Nitro, no idea if he still has it.  If anybody would like it send me msg.

I think the guy wants serious money for it though.

brams
Title: Nitro
Post by: nextime on January 01, 2008, 08:50:21 pm
a friend in the bay area has a nitro.  last I knew he was asking about $4k for it.

nextime
Title: Nitro
Post by: Nitro on January 09, 2008, 12:25:55 am
If anyone has luck contacting a Nitro owner, please request photos so that we can add them to the archives here.

Thanks,
Title: Nitro
Post by: brams on January 10, 2008, 04:00:19 pm
Two board members asked me for it, I've not had a progress update though I'd be keen to see pics, tests etc if anybody managed to snag it.
Title: Nitro
Post by: cm on March 01, 2008, 06:39:17 am
I have not known this page. I regitered now.
I have Nitro.
Title: Nitro
Post by: pentium on March 01, 2008, 07:17:24 am
You do?
Can we see photos?
Title: Nitro
Post by: cm on March 01, 2008, 08:39:23 am
It seem that I am not allowed to post photo on the board
directly....

How?
Title: Nitro
Post by: cm on March 01, 2008, 09:54:47 am
I posted my image of Nitro.
Title: Nitro
Post by: pentium on March 01, 2008, 05:59:59 pm
First, upload the photo to something like photobucket and then paste a link to it.
I can't see it in your avatar photo.

Edit: Wait, I SEE IT!  :shock:
Title: Nitro
Post by: cm on March 01, 2008, 11:38:20 pm
I think so. But it is awksome...

I made a new account for photo. It is test.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24287589@N02/
Title: Nitro
Post by: Nitro on March 03, 2008, 07:13:10 pm
Excellent! Thanks for posting a picture. It's especially cool to see the Nitro "resting" on a Turbo Cube motherboard.  :D

We would be happy to host Nitro pictures in the archives here. Send me a PM or e-mail (admin <at> nextcomputers.org) if you would like to do that.

Thanks,
Title: I own a Nitro
Post by: NeXT-Nitro on February 28, 2010, 11:20:44 pm
Hey guys,

I may be 2 years late to this thread, but I'd like to report that I own a Nitro. It's in may parents' basement right now, and I am not, so I'm a bit sketchy on the details.

I think I bought it around 2004 from Randy Rencsock (who runs channelu.com), and I believe mine is the very one that is on the main picture on http://channelu.com/NeXT/Black/Nitro/index.html. However, on that page Randy writes the pictures are of a non-working one. Mine is definitely working (or at least was, last time I looked maybe 3 years ago), and it's in a Turbo Colour slab. I remember it was just fast enough to play back 128kbit MP3s in stereo with 123mpg, something that my cube could never do.

Writing this I get all nostalgic about my computer collection, and I feel like I have to fire up one or the other old piece next time I get round to it! To be honest, I am pretty scared to discover that something is wrong with the Nitro after such a long time of inactivity ... capacitors dry out and blow up, I've seen it happen on old machines.

If you guys want I can take a couple of pictures some time in the next months.

Now, does anyone have any idea above and beyond the info on Randy's page linked to above about how many Nitros exist?

... And how many NRWs, and where they are?

Cheers,
:: Florian
Title: Nitro
Post by: pentium on March 01, 2010, 05:49:40 am
To our knowledge, one NRW, an incomplete unit, exists.

As for your Nitro, what an awesome history it seems to have! :)
As to how many exist, I don't think there are any more outside of that list. It was a specfic piece of gear for a very expensive computer.
Title: Re: I own a Nitro
Post by: brams on March 01, 2010, 07:20:33 am
Quote from: "NeXT-Nitro"Hey guys,

I may be 2 years late to this thread, but I'd like to report that I own a Nitro. It's in may parents' basement right now, and I am not, so I'm a bit sketchy on the details.

I think I bought it around 2004 from Randy Rencsock (who runs channelu.com), and I believe mine is the very one that is on the main picture on http://channelu.com/NeXT/Black/Nitro/index.html. However, on that page Randy writes the pictures are of a non-working one. Mine is definitely working (or at least was, last time I looked maybe 3 years ago), and it's in a Turbo Colour slab. I remember it was just fast enough to play back 128kbit MP3s in stereo with 123mpg, something that my cube could never do.

Writing this I get all nostalgic about my computer collection, and I feel like I have to fire up one or the other old piece next time I get round to it! To be honest, I am pretty scared to discover that something is wrong with the Nitro after such a long time of inactivity ... capacitors dry out and blow up, I've seen it happen on old machines.

If you guys want I can take a couple of pictures some time in the next months.

Now, does anyone have any idea above and beyond the info on Randy's page linked to above about how many Nitros exist?

... And how many NRWs, and where they are?

Cheers,
:: Florian


Hi Florian,

Is that Oxford UK?, Mr. Rencsock I thought he'd evaporated or been abducted, he does not seem to bother replying to email anymore.  I was trying to buy a non ADB SB from him and he also says he has OS 4.2 for HP-PA that I was after.  I bet you paid dearly for the Nitro he has good stuff around him and is knowledgeable.  I bought my TC slab from him in 2000.

Cheers
Title: Re: I own a Nitro
Post by: NeXT-Nitro on March 01, 2010, 09:43:21 am
Yes, UK. Randy does seem a bit slow in updating his website; some pages on there have been last edited exactly 10 years ago.

Speaking of the NeXT OS: I remember I had (and still have, if I dig up the hardware) it running on NeXT (Turbo Dimension Cube, Nitro, Turbo Colour Slab), Sun (SparcStation 20), and Intel (486), but I haven't got a version for HP-PA. I believe I have some suitable hardware (HP 9000/715 ... could that be it?), so I'd be interested to try that.

What's the last version of the OS anyone got hold of? Any chance to get any of the internal Apple builds for Intel?

Yes, I did pay dearly for the Nitro, but I was young, and had the money.

Quote from: "brams"
Hi Florian,

Is that Oxford UK?, Mr. Rencsock I thought he'd evaporated or been abducted, he does not seem to bother replying to email anymore.  I was trying to buy a non ADB SB from him and he also says he has OS 4.2 for HP-PA that I was after.  I bet you paid dearly for the Nitro he has good stuff around him and is knowledgeable.  I bought my TC slab from him in 2000.

Cheers
Title: Nitro
Post by: gtnicol on December 06, 2011, 12:43:03 pm
If a Nitro is installed in a cube, does it have to be installed in slot 2 like a pyro? Does it need the motherboard modification too or does it required a backplane modification?
Title: Nitro
Post by: NeXT-Nitro on December 06, 2011, 02:27:09 pm
My impression is that the Nitro in my prototype slab just replaces the CPU. Unfortunately I don't own a Pyro, so I don't know how that would be installed differently.
Title: Nitro
Post by: gtnicol on December 06, 2011, 03:03:48 pm
With a Pyro in a cube, you have to have the motherboard live in slot 2, so you can either modify the backplane, or, as per the pyro docs, modify the motherboard by soldering a lead across a few pins.
Title: Nitro
Post by: gtnicol on December 10, 2011, 09:39:33 pm
Hmm. Cube or slab for this? A Nitro Dimension cube might be the trick I think.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7160/6488769147_3a56f52964_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15578792@N02/6488769147/)
NeXT Nitro (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15578792@N02/6488769147/) by gtnicol (http://www.flickr.com/people/15578792@N02/), on Flickr