[Ql-Users] Q40i/Q60 board availability

2020-06-12 Thread Jason Stevens via Ql-Users
I realize I'm 19 years late to the party, but does these boards exist
anymore?  How hard would it be to get them made again?

I've been interested in a "Legacy" 68040/68060 based machine, and it
certainly feels that instead of ancient machines something 'new' might be
more feasible..  Although these are circa 2001, so kind of legacy into
themselves.

Thanks
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Re: [Ql-Users] Q40i/Q60 board availability

2020-06-12 Thread Marcel Kilgus via Ql-Users
Wolfgang Lenerz via Ql-Users wrote:
> AFAIK, no new boards are being built.

There was talk about some unbuilt boards on the forum, but I think
because of the problems with the uncommon video resolutions they
hesitated to actually building more.

Cheers, Marcel

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Re: [Ql-Users] Q40i/Q60 board availability

2020-06-12 Thread Wolfgang Lenerz via Ql-Users
Hi,

AFAIK, no new boards are being built.

Maybe you could look for a Q68.

HTH

Wolfgang


> I realize I'm 19 years late to the party, but does these boards exist
> anymore?  How hard would it be to get them made again?
> 
> I've been interested in a "Legacy" 68040/68060 based machine, and it
> certainly feels that instead of ancient machines something 'new' might be
> more feasible..  Although these are circa 2001, so kind of legacy into
> themselves.
> 
> Thanks
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Re: [Ql-Users] Q40i/Q60 board availability

2020-06-12 Thread Peter Graf via Ql-Users
Hi Jason,

> I realize I'm 19 years late to the party, but does these boards exist
> anymore?

Nice to hear that my good old design is still of interest. The Q60 still
exists and has a die-hard user base, but is no longer officially
manufactured. The Q40/Q60 version of the SMSQ/E operating system is
still maintained.

It appears that your interest is not QL related, but more driven by the
68060 CPU as such. Can you tell us a little more about it? Would you
want a QL operating system at all, or is 68K Linux preferred?

> How hard would it be to get them made again?

There is a slow-going effort to build a few more boards from leftover
parts, on a hobbyist basis. The outcome is hard to predict.

>From time to time, I vaguely consider designing a completely new 68060
mainboard with modern HDMI video output, and SDHC cards instead of
floppy and IDE harddisk. Would such a machine come close to what you like?

All the best
Peter
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Re: [Ql-Users] Q40i/Q60 board availability

2020-06-12 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
I'd buy one.

DP

On Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 12:25 PM Peter Graf via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Hi Jason,
>
> > I realize I'm 19 years late to the party, but does these boards exist
> > anymore?
>
> Nice to hear that my good old design is still of interest. The Q60 still
> exists and has a die-hard user base, but is no longer officially
> manufactured. The Q40/Q60 version of the SMSQ/E operating system is
> still maintained.
>
> It appears that your interest is not QL related, but more driven by the
> 68060 CPU as such. Can you tell us a little more about it? Would you
> want a QL operating system at all, or is 68K Linux preferred?
>
> > How hard would it be to get them made again?
>
> There is a slow-going effort to build a few more boards from leftover
> parts, on a hobbyist basis. The outcome is hard to predict.
>
> From time to time, I vaguely consider designing a completely new 68060
> mainboard with modern HDMI video output, and SDHC cards instead of
> floppy and IDE harddisk. Would such a machine come close to what you like?
>
> All the best
> Peter
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Re: [Ql-Users] Q40i/Q60 board availability

2020-06-12 Thread Derek via Ql-Users
Hi Jason,

The Q60 was batch produced from 2002 till 2005, where there seemed no more 
demand for the Q60 at that time.

The Q60 and Q40i was produced in board option and could be supplied  built into 
PC AT Midi Tower Case.

The Q40i was an enhanced Q40 that could have 128K ram, which differentiated 
from the Qbranch Q40.

For the amount of Q60 boards and complete systems buuilt and sold, there was no 
failures. It is wonder batch run was so successful, with all the adverse QL 
media attention. See the QL-USERS mailing list history and QL Today scanned 
magazines for more information on this.

The boards and parts that Peter talks about are the Q40 boards donated by Tony 
Firshman with many faults, I gave to s German QL group for possible repairs. 
But this maybe highly unlikely due the bad construction and suspect parts 
supplied by the previous supplier.

I have some Q60 boards that I built in 2003, but due an article in QL Today 
about 68060 CPU mask numbers, many Q60 owners removed the heat sink on the CPU 
to read the CPU Mask code. However, the problem is they did not fit the heat 
sink correctly, causing damage to the CPU.

I did consider building more Q60 boards, as I sold all the Q60s and did not 
have one for myself. So I may do a limited production of the Q60 board in the 
future.

Currently, the Q68 is main production model.

---
Regards,
Derek

On 12 June 2020 13:36:19 BST, Jason Stevens via Ql-Users 
 wrote:
>I realize I'm 19 years late to the party, but does these boards exist
>anymore?  How hard would it be to get them made again?
>
>I've been interested in a "Legacy" 68040/68060 based machine, and it
>certainly feels that instead of ancient machines something 'new' might
>be
>more feasible..  Although these are circa 2001, so kind of legacy into
>themselves.
>
>Thanks
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Re: [Ql-Users] Q40i/Q60 board availability

2020-06-12 Thread Fabrizio Diversi via Ql-Users

Yes, please

+1 for me

Fabrizio



>From time to time, I vaguely consider designing a completely new 68060
mainboard with modern HDMI video output, and SDHC cards instead of
floppy and IDE harddisk. Would such a machine come close to what you like?

All the best
Peter
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