Alex, welcome on board!
If you want to get started right away you can buy a basic power supply and card cage etc off eBay.
There almost always seems to be something there. See:-
However many of the folks seem to have inherited the systems and don’t know anything about them. So don’t count on any help.
To get started in the 8 bit world you need a good CPU board, RAM board (best a static RAM board) , some kind of video board and an I/O board for data in/out. You will also need a system ROM based monitor to get the basic hardware working. After that/later, a floppy disk controller and/or hard disk/CF card IDE controller for CPM etc.
There are literally hundreds of ways to put all this together with many S-100 boards. It will take quite a bit of reading/asking around to get a system up. But it’s real fun and rewarding. Take a close look at the web site here
for more info. Links to many other related S-100 web sites are included. Andrew and I have done all of the above mentioned boards by now. However they go fast. We do these bare boards in batches of 20 at ~$20 each. So if you even think you may need one later on get them when they come available in a group purchase.
From: n8vem...@googlegroups.com [mailto:n8vem...@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of J. Alexander Jacocks
Sent: Sunday, May 05, 2013 8:47 AM
Subject: Re: [N8VEM-S100:1607] Available S-100 PCBs
On Sun, May 5, 2013 at 10:52 AM, Andrew Lynch <LYN...@yahoo.com> wrote:
Here is an update on available S-100 board PCBs! I've sent out many of the
PCBs and they are almost gone.
There are 21 of the S-100 IDE V2 reorder PCBs and 2 of the new S-100 bus
terminator/prototyping board PCBs.
There are 2 of the S-100 LAVA PCBs available.
The S-100 PCBs cost the same as before ($20 each). However due to
unforeseen extreme price increases in shipping by USPS I am forced to change
Shipping in the US will be $3 for a single PCB and $2 for each additional
PCB. Shipping internationally will be $10 for a single PCB and $3 for each
additional PCB. This is for the bare basics USPS first class postage with
no tracking or insurance. The builder assumes all risk of delivery as per
I apologize for the large price increase on shipping but this is out of my
hands. The USPS is in dire financial trouble and is raising prices on
shipping. It affects us all and is most unfortunate. These boards are
provided "at cost" so there is no margin to absorb any shipping price
increases. I have to pass them along.
If you would like one or more S-100 PCBs please send a PayPal to
Thanks and have a nice day!
For those, like me, who have never had a S100 system before, what do you suggest, to get started? Normally, I know, people use older S100 systems, including chassis, and upgrade components, or add boards. However, I don't have a system, at all, so I'd have to build everything, and buy a PSU. The chassis, too, I'd need to find, or build.
The S100 backplane doesn't get re-ordered very often, since almost everyone already has one, so what do you suggest, for that?
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