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> Message: 6
> Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2022 19:32:47 -0500
> From: Chris Zach <cz(a)alembic.crystel.com>
> Subject: Re: MicroVAX CTI (DEC Professional) card
> To: cctalk(a)classiccmp.org
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> Well, auction is over, I didn't bid on it, and I hope someone here got it.
> That said, the more I look at it, and the more I look at a true MVII
> card the more I wonder just what was missing on this card. A true MVII
> has a pair of rather large custom ASICs in the center of the board and I
> can't believe the 80186 (or whatever that chip is on the top center of
> the board) could emulate it all.
> So it would be interesting to see what this thing was and what it did.
I bought it. I know it's long odds that I can get it to do anything,
especially without that daughter card, but, waddahell, it's an
interesting DEC PRO collectible. I reckon I'll plug it into a PRO and
see if it responds to attempted accesses. If the ROM contains PDP11 or
VAX code, I'll disassemble it and see if there are any clues there.
Lee K. Gleason N5ZMR
I am looking for some advice and recommendations on how to best go about
accomplishing the following:
I have recently come into possession of an actual physical terminal that can
be connected to a device via a standard RS232 (serial) port, so far so good.
I have a number of devices that can be connected to for maintenance (e.g. FW
updates, configuration, etc.) via a serial port. Currently I have been using
an old laptop with a terminal program (Procomm Plus) whenever I want to
connected to one of these devices. This involves crawling around connecting
the serial cable, doing what needs to be done, crawling back disconnecting,
rinse and repeat.
I can connect the physical terminal to one device at a time and have a
permanent connection to that one device, great for one device but not so
So I was thinking if it would be possible to do this over the LAN.
I know about console servers where I could connect multiple serial devices
to the server and then access each device over LAN via a telnet client on a
modern system using an IP:port schema. This works great except I don't get
to play with my shiny, new to me, authentic experience terminal device.
So I am wondering if there is a box that provides a telnet CLIENT to a
serial port device? I.E. a box smart enough that handles the telnet client,
LAN functions, and terminal emulations internally and then provides a text
based interface through a serial port that is compatible with my physical
terminal? That way my physical terminal would be connected to the RS232/LAN
bridge all the time and I could connected to not only the serial ports
connected to the console server but other telnet accessible services as all
the heavy lifting would be done on the bridge. I am ideally looking for a
ready to go, low power device, I can hide away as opposed to setting up a PC
of my own running some *nix flavor that I know can do this but is way over
kill. Oh yeah and if it is super cheap even better. Thanks!
does anybody of you know colour codes or the mixture to obtain the grey paint that DEC used for their early H960 cabinet side panels as well as for their later cabinet from the 80s and 90s like the H9A10 or H9A15?
Some of my cabinets have scratches and I would like to cosmetically fix this.
I thought I remember some discussions about DEC paint some years ago but I couldn't find anything helpful in my archives except for discussions about colours for DEC's classic front panels.
Any pointers are very much appreciated.
Subject: [cctalk] HP 3000 system w/ Printers, Terminals, all working,
for sale on eBay (or privately...) Possible Free Delivery!
> I've just listed my complete HP-3000 system on eBay here. This is an
> HP-3000 917LX system with:
Silly me - the link of course got stripped out in this text-only email.
> I have recently come into possession of an actual physical terminal that
> be connected to a device via a standard RS232 (serial) port, so far so
> connected to one of these devices. This involves crawling around
> the serial cable, doing what needs to be done, crawling back
> rinse and repeat.
> connected to the console server but other telnet accessible services as
> the heavy lifting would be done on the bridge. I am ideally looking for a
> ready to go, low power device, I can hide away as opposed to setting up a
> of my own running some *nix flavor that I know can do this but is way over
> kill. Oh yeah and if it is super cheap even better. Thanks!
What about one of these? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DWLS7DP
$11.38, and provides four ports. If that's not enough, you could do a
bi-level multiplex arrangement; 5 of these ($56.90) would provide 16 ports.
Zero power requirements, no software configuration. If it were me, I might
consider buying a two-pole rotary switch with enough positions and solder
one up, but for less than 12 bucks, it's hard to beat this...
I've just listed my complete HP-3000 system on eBay here. This is an
HP-3000 917LX system with:
Disks: (2) 2GB drive (possibly RAID, but I'm not sure)
Tape: (2) DAT (built-in and external)
16-port terminal concentrator
12-port Ethernet hub
Terminals (2) HP 700/96 + one 700/92 that probably doesn't work
Line-printer 300 LPM with stand, ribbons, and paper
Dot-matrix printers (2) with ribbons
MPE/iX, ASK/ManMan, QUERY, TurboIMAGE
Documentation (50+ pounds, including all service and upgrade records)
It all works perfectly (as of two days ago). There's a possibility that I
might deliver it if you're near Portland OR or the San Francisco Bay area,
or off the I-5 in between; otherwise it's local pickup only (in either
location). It's listed for $2600 buy-it-now, or a starting bid of $2000,
but if you're really interested email with an offer and we'll see what can
be worked out...
Been a while since i last posted here.
I have a few pdp 11/34 systems. The drives i am using are RL02 drives.
Is it possible to install Ultrix on a 34? I have been testing out Ultrix in
the simh emulator. I see during the install the 34 mentioned as a
recognized cpu type, but later in the install the system hangs. This hang
does not occur if i emulate a later cpu system like the 11/83.
Not sure if ultrix can be installed due to the memory limitation, if not,
rsx will be my second choice.
Hoping to have some real hardware running soon!
I have a Bio-Rad SRC 3200, which is a workstation that operated a
Bio-Rad FTS-40 FTIR spectrometer.
A few years ago I got it to power on and it runs Unix variant, their
product name was Idris. I have 16 floppies (dated 1992) that came with
the system, but the hard disk has died.
It is based on a 68030 CPU and has a floppy and SCSI disk and QIC tape
drive. Is it possible to run some flavor of BSD on this hardware?
What are the minimum requirements for BSD?
I was looking at this page on DigiBarn,
and the old Ethernet transceivers. For the life of me I cannot remember
what the transceivers used with the Xerox 6085 (Daybreak) looked like in
There was wall to wall Xerox 8000 servers mixed in with 6085-Is at the
software testing lab, in El Segundo, California, DSBU (Documenter Systems
Business Unit) but that is now mostly a faded memory.