I've been looking at various documentation and have come up lacking in
I'm going from memory here, so be careful...
Can some one clue me in on the source, behaviour, and routing of the ACLO
DCLO signals on the 11/45 - with expansion boxes? In my digging in the
documentation I seem to be finding contradictions between various printed
sources and advice from people as well. Likely they are all right and I just
don't "get it".
What you have to realise first is that, like most Unibus signals (because
that's what they are, they are carried on the Unibus cables), ACLO and
DCLO are open-collector driven. They're pulled high (to +5V) by resistors
on the bus terminator cards, and can be pulled low at any point, by any
From what I can
gather, it appears that ACLO originates in the H742 power
supply. Actually, it
appears that both the upper and lower H742's produce
COnvnetionally, it's the power supply(s) that drive ACLO and DCLO, since
they're the units that can detect a loss of power, But there's nothing in
the hardware that requires this.
ACLO and DCLO. I think Tony was saying that ACLO and
DCLO on the lower H742
shouldn't be used because they are referenced to -15v instead of ground. But
Since the 'gorund' line of the bottm H742 is actually the system -15V
line, I think all status signals on the lower H742 are references to the
-15V line. Are you sure that ACLO and DCLO on this supply go anywhere
else. As I said, I'm working from memory, I guess I'd better check the
from what I can gather, the only signals on the lower
H742 which should not
be used because of the 15v to ground change, are LTC and +8v. The lower H742
produces both ACLO and DCLO, and does route them out for use in several
It appears that ACLO originates only in the power supply, and both the cpu
and cards on the unibus monitor it to know if "death is coming". I would
Yes, any device can monitor either or both lines.
imagine that the cpu uses it to trap to a powerfail
routine, and peripheral
interfaces use it to do things like an emergency head unload on a disc
drive, etc. So, what about when the unibus has been extended into an
Normally disk drives check their own internal power supplies for this,
since it's possible some idiot will unplug the disk drive from the mains
and leave the CPU powered up.
expansion box like the KB11-F with a DD11-DK, which
has it's own supplies
and thus it's own ACLO? Is the ACLO failure in the external expansion box
given to the cpu chassis box and vice versa or are they entirely separate?
No, they're all interconnected over the Unibus. A power failure anywhere
will asserrt ACLO, etc.
DCLO also confuses me. Some things I read (and advice from some people)
indicate it originates in the power supplies, and other devices only monitor
that signal. However, the unibus interfacing manual states clearly that ANY
device on the unibus can assert the DCLO signal. This would mean not just
Correct. IIRC One of the later interfaces (DEUNA?) actually asserts one
of the power fail signals to hold the CPU while it does a some kind of
the power supply, but a controller like an RX02
interface (M8256) could tell
the rest of the system "hey, I'm losing power".
It could. I am not sure it does. Again one of us will have to check the
prints to see if this card can drive the ASLO or DCLO signals.
This gets back to my "RL02 faulting upon spinup only if the RX02 is turned
on" problem. Tony suggested checking ACLO and/or DCLO. Note that my RL02 and
RX02 controllers are in the expansion BA11-K, not the cpu box. To do this, I
need to know exactly what pins to look at on the backplane. I figured I
could track this down myself, but in going through all the documentation I
am left very unclear as to exactly where the ACLO & DCLO signals go after
they hit the power distribution board (J2-J10 I think it is) at the top of
the system unit backplane. Since it is a unibus signal, I would think it
would enter the DD11-K in the expansion box at the "unibus in" (slot 1AB). I
It does. It's onm the Unibus I/O connectors. It's also on the 6 pin
connectors between the backplane and the pwoer distribution board --
that's how the signal gets from the PSU onto the Unibus.
would also guess that since (apparently) SPC cards are
capable of monitoring
ACLO/DCLO (and perhaps asserting DCLO? See above?) that those two signals
would be wire wrapped from somewhere on 1AB to each of the SPC slots (C-F).
And it's there too. Doesn't the interfacing handbook give a Unibus pinout?
Some documentation showed ACLO and DCLO on row C (some docs show only one of
those is present) of an SPC slot. If that is the case, should I not see some
wire wrapping on my DD11-K that shows ACLO/DCLO (supposedly on B01F1 and
B01F2) getting wrapped to somewhere on row C, and daisychaining to all the
SPC slots on that same pin so they can monitor it? I do not see that wire
wrap on the DD11-DK.
It might be carried on a PCB trace. It's probably safest to trace it with