[rescue] long shot... anybody got a Gateway 486?

Joshua Snyder josh at imagestream.com
Tue Apr 30 11:28:53 CDT 2013

> The nCUBE2 has a little battle damage. The previous owner took it to a
> basement and it slipped going down the stairs. Internally it's in good
> shape and I've powered it up without smoke and clean voltages, but all of
> the buttons on it are broken off - I don't actually know what they do. I
> have the host processor with software and interface card (a Sun 4/470 in
> this unit's case), but until recently had absolutly no idea how to even
> talk to the nCUBE. A helpful chap posted simultaneously to my YouTube
> channel and classiccmp a bunch of documentation from a Russian university,
> so I'm trying to find time to pull them back out - reverify its in working
> state - and see if I can talk to it.

Since I was involved with the original rescue of your nCUBE2; trust me
when I say it wasn't clear to us what those buttons did when they were
intact.  As I remember they were rather abstract symbols, it wasn't even
clear to us if they were used to power up the system.  It was a real
bummer to find that we had damaged those buttons when we moved the
machine.  We didn't notice the damage until it was way too late.

I am glad you are still making some progress with the machine.  It was
an awesome find and one of the best rescues of my college days.


> Enjoy the day, chaps;
>  - JP
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