I recently acquired a DECimage X terminal, which is
with an add-on 2D accelerator. Unfortunately while the
badges as a
DECimage it didn?t include the board, just a frame
That's unfortunate. My VXT2000 doesn't have that board either, I've
always wondered how much it helps. I'm not too sure if the bottleneck is
usually the 10mbit networking or the graphics. Probably depends a bit on
whether you're using modern X11 applications or not. Modern stuff all
likes to assume true-color (24bit or thereabouts) and render stuff
locally and send it again to redraw, rather than rendering on the
(remote) xterm it seems...
Does anyone have a spare DECimage board they?d be
or know a reasonable place to obtain one?
Unfortunately, as I already stated I don't, and my only idea where to
get one is ebay and similar sites, which I'm sure you already know.
How about other components for this machine? I have the
and wouldn?t mind replacing it with the
AUI/twisted-pair card, and I?d
like to max out the RAM: It has 2MB onboard and I have
the riser card with
SIMM slots and one SIMM for an additional 4MB.
No clue where to get a twisted pair module, but mine has one. I
currently have it hooked up to our thinnet segment though, and I've had
it on our thicknet segment previously (now we have a proper VAXen
occupying that transceiver).
It uses what I?m told are DEC MS200-AA (2MB) and DEC
which look like regular 72pin SIMMs. Are they special
or are they
with anything common?
? ? Chris
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Here's where I can help you. The SIMMs aren't really anything special,
you can use 2MB and 4MB modules. The VAX SOC in the VXT is slow enough
that you probably don't have to worry about access time, so 60 or 70ns
modules are probably both fine. If you don't have a 4MB module laying
around, you can use an 8MB or 16MB module, but you have to install a
wire from a ground pin to A10 on the SIMM connector and fix the presence
detect bits, IIRC. (A0-A9 gives 1024 rows and columns, 1M-word per bank,
4 bytes per word, so 4MB SIMM. DEC left the unused address lines
floating, and that causes issues with bigger SIMMs). You can also
install a single jumper IIRC to make 16MB SIMMs appear as 4MB, and 8MB
SIMMs appear as 2MB (it's just grounding one of the PD lines, I don't
remember which). The most you can fit into a VXT2000 is 18MB IIRC,
that's 3 4MB SIMM, + 4MB on the riser itself + 2MB on the motherboard.
Lastly, you'll need the VXT2000 SW, which I extracted from some VMS
(infoserver?) CDs several years ago. Someone put them up on
, so you can grab them there:
VXT021KT10.SYS is the full blown VXT software including local side
applications, like DECWindows etc.
VXTLDR021.SYS is some intermediate loader you can use to get an NFS swap
file or something like that if you have an infoserver or VMS running the
infoserver software IIRC.
VXTEX020A.SYS is *just* the X server IIRC, missing the local side
applications but having a smaller memory footprint. This doesn't even
have a window manager, so you'd have to use it with a remote one and set
The terminals boot from MOP or TFTP/BOOTP with late enough firmware. MOP
has a daemon available for linux and BSDs, if you'd like to go that
route, but otherwise TFTP/BOOTP is probably better supported by modern
Hopefully this was helpful. If you have any further questions, don't
hesitate to ask. I'm probably one of a few people who bothers to keep a
VXT around running, so I can probably answer most questions you might
have about setup and operation.