I seem to remember, certainly in OEM land there were dev.
systems with front panels and production systems without.
In other words the front panel was option and could be fitted.
On 31/10/15 18:40, tony duell wrote:
Sitting here doing the overlays for the 8/e silk screen run.
I had a thought. Including all makes of computer old and new.
What about a front panel with lights and switches for systems
that never had one and could have done with one?
Which computer would you nominate?
The obvious ones for me would be those DEC
machines that never had
a real panel -- things like the 11/34 which has a keypad (toggle switches
and LEDs are much nicer!) and those with 'Console ODT' and a serial
terminal. I would like a real pront panel on my 11/44 and VAX11/730 machines.
And the PERQ. At least front panel access to the microcode, and prefereably
to the main program memory as well.
I'm not about to do anything about it.
But the answers should be interesting
I don't blame you!. In most cases you
can't just add a frontpanel on later, especially
if you want access to internal CPU registers, etc. To add a frontpanel you would
have to redesign bits of the CPU. Good luck in adding a panel to the PERQ main memory
which does not cause problems with RasterOps...