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pentium



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I don't know about the internals... Although I'd guess they'd be ok, mostly

I had a lead for a 030 board for the price of shipping but he refused to deal with me because I didn't like his hack and whack job he did when he modded a cube to hold a pc.
http://forums.amd.com/index.php?showtopic=91542&hl=NeXT+cube

...Anyways, I don't want to derail this thread. You got a great system. Wink
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helf



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ugh, I cringed everytime I read "hacksaw" and "dremel"...

Also...

"Actually... the case itself is untouched and unbutchered in any way... all 5 sides except for the back are completley stock. The inside had several raised screw mounts which were cut and ground off but as for the appearance of the case it is bone stock with no modifications."

wtf? Cutting up the inside *is* butchering the 'case' Razz The case isnt just the outside Smile
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da9000



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh, it's definitely butchering! Did you see the back side? Bastardized completely! :(

@pentium: well, you had to speak your mind, no? Smile Anyways, worry not, your cube will come some day soon! Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So can some of the hardware gurus around here identify this weird component (yellow piece in the photo):

1)
http://picasaweb.google.com/adonisoamigas/MyBlackBeautyMyPrecious/photo#5039088083338306930

Also what are these chips, and what are they used for:
2)
http://picasaweb.google.com/adonisoamigas/MyBlackBeautyMyPrecious/photo#5039088079043339618
3)
http://picasaweb.google.com/adonisoamigas/MyBlackBeautyMyPrecious/photo#5039088070453404994


EDIT: based on this photo (http://www.channelu.com/NeXT/Black/68030/index.html), I can answer the last two questions:

NBIC = NeXT Bus IC, controls the bus

Custom LSI 1&2 for Optical Drive control and 12channel DMA I/O control

The question still stands for 1 Smile
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da9000



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you follow the link below, you'll see some items that came with this uber-rare cube. Not all are as rare, but some are (Correction: the NeXT RISC Workstation is about as rare as this cube!). Right now it's just a small preview/sample:

http://www.nextcomputers.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=3968#3968
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cubes:
ADA... are 33mhz 040s
AAX... are 25mhz 040s
AAG... are 25mhz 030s

Stations:
ABB... are 25mhz (early) or 33mhz (later) 040 mono
ABC... are 25mhz (early) or 33mhz (later) 040 color

Interesting.... My Cube is AAK0018445 and its a 33mhz 040.

It came out of the factory so I assume it was probably updated whenever new stuff was available. It was, apparently, on an internal network called Cassiopeia (IIRC). Other than some huge music files everything of interest was wiped from the HD before I got it.

James
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jheis wrote:
Cubes:
ADA... are 33mhz 040s
AAX... are 25mhz 040s
AAG... are 25mhz 030s

Stations:
ABB... are 25mhz (early) or 33mhz (later) 040 mono
ABC... are 25mhz (early) or 33mhz (later) 040 color

Interesting.... My Cube is AAK0018445 and its a 33mhz 040.

It came out of the factory so I assume it was probably updated whenever new stuff was available. It was, apparently, on an internal network called Cassiopeia (IIRC). Other than some huge music files everything of interest was wiped from the HD before I got it.

James


The serial numbers you were quoting were for mainboards, not the case/machine serial numbers...
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da9000



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jheis wrote:
new stuff was available. It was, apparently, on an internal network called Cassiopeia (IIRC). Other than some huge music files everything of interest was wiped from the HD before I got it.


Did you poke around the "empty" disk space before installing stuff over it? Never know what's hidden there... Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah. I poked around as much as I could, but it was about 13 or 14 years ago & I didn't really know what I was doing. I think I've still got the original 450 MB drive around somewhere. Maybe I'll dig it out & take another look, but I was more interested in filling up the "empty" space than retaining what was there. Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jheis wrote:
Yeah. I poked around as much as I could, but it was about 13 or 14 years ago & I didn't really know what I was doing. I think I've still got the original 450 MB drive around somewhere. Maybe I'll dig it out & take another look, but I was more interested in filling up the "empty" space than retaining what was there. Wink


Heh, I hear ya. Then again, it might be in vain, because those persons surely knew the need to wipe everything of real value and mystique Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2007 4:09 pm    Post subject: Re: The one and only: Personal Mainframe Reply with quote

da9000 wrote:
I promised the nextcomputers.org folks I'd put some photos up, so here they are!

Please realize that I'm not a photographer, I had almost non-existent lighting and a rather simplistic camera without a tripod Sad Aka: some photos are blurry and dark (I swear they looked brighter in the LCD Smile)

Enjoy and feel free to answer some of the questions posed, about the chips and things :)

http://picasaweb.google.com/adonisoamigas/MyBlackBeautyMyPrecious

EDIT: now that I know about BBcode, let's put up a sample photo or two:


Thanks for sharing the photos. What a great, rare machine and a great find. Very Happy
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