From: Jack Rubin (jack.rubin_at_ameritech.net)
Date: 2008-11-11 04:32:34
Great find, Bill. Sorry to hear that Bruce passed away but if you need any help on the ground here in Chicago, be sure to let me know. Jack > -----Original Message----- > From: email@example.com > [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of B Degnan > Sent: Monday, November 10, 2008 9:24 PM > To: email@example.com > Subject: CBM BX256-80 found - w/ 8088 processor card! > > > Just a quick note...Today I opened a pair of run-of-the-mill > CBM 256-80 > computers and to my surprise they both had 8088 co-processors > installed! Neither system works, which is why I was opening them to > inspect them, but I have the parts to repair at least one of > them. The > famed BX systems were capable of running MS DOS 1.25 and CP/M 86. > > What a find, eh? > > In the US the CBM 256 "BX" model with the 8088 co-processor was not > officially sold by Commodore. The few 8088 cards that were > produced in > test runs only were given to the Chicago B Series User Group > for free. > I have a copy of the release letter to prove it. Bruce Faierson, the > 2nd president of CBUG and owner of Northwest Music near Chicago, > installed a few CBM 256-80's with these prototype 8088 cards and sold > them in the mid 80's. I have some of his old mailers with the BX ads. > > I believe that the two computers I opened today are two of > his modified > systems. They're all stock CBM parts with the prototype 8088 cards > installed. Anyway, according to most sources only two or > three of the > 8088 co-processor cards were known to exist. There is also a special > HI-BOY PLA that is required to run the 8088. I suspect now > that there > are still a few BX's hiding in the bushes. Add two more to > the list! > If you have a CBM 256-80, open it! > > http://vintagecomputer.net/commodore/CBM_256-80BX/ > > Unfortunately Bruce passed away earlier this year. I spoke him a few > times over the past few years and we traded a lot of emails. > He helped > me to build a working hi-profile B system with an 8088 card, > and because > of him I was able to learn a heck of a lot about the B Series > and IEEE > drives. > > If anyone has any additional info that's not covered on the few web > sites that discuss the B Series and the 8088 co-processor, > I'd love to > hear about it. > > Bill Degnan > > > Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list > No virus found in this incoming message. > Checked by AVG - http://www.avg.com > Version: 8.0.175 / Virus Database: 270.9.0/1779 - Release > Date: 11/10/2008 7:53 AM > Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list
Archive generated by hypermail pre-2.1.8.