DEC Professional 350 - video issue

Ian S. King isking at
Sun Apr 12 17:19:36 CDT 2015

I have a Pro 380 - I'd really like to find an ethernet card for it, and
maybe some additional memory….

On Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 9:20 PM, Paul Anderson <useddec at> wrote:

> I might have a spare board and maybe even a print set. I'll try to check
> tomorrow.
> I plan on selling all of my DECMATE, PRO350 and PRO 380 systems and parts.
> A list member inquired about it several months ago, but never got back to
> me. Or maybe I dropped the ball...
> Paul
> On Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 2:35 PM, John Ames <commodorejohn at>
> wrote:
> > Back in November I dropped in on a list member's moving giveaway and
> > came away with some DEC stuff, among which was a DEC Professional 350
> > with keyboard and monitor. As the previous owner informed me, the
> > video isn't working; there's no picture on the monitor, but there's
> > visible sync lines, and the diagnostic lights on the back of the unit
> > indicate an error with the bitmap graphics card. I'm pretty sure it's
> > an issue with the card and not the slot, since the error moves with
> > the card when I install it in one of the other slots, but I'm not sure
> > what to look for on the card itself - nothing is socketed, so it's not
> > chip creep, and the card connector looks to be in good shape.
> >
> > Does anybody have any advice for diagnosing and repairing this? I'd
> > really like to get it working. Failing that, does anybody have a spare
> > for the video card? (It's DEC part number 54-15138.) I've got a
> > Rainbow I'd be willing to trade for a working one (base unit only - I
> > don't have the facilities to test it, but according to the owner it
> > was in working condition.)
> >

Ian S. King, MSIS, MSCS, Ph.D. Candidate
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