DG S/130 progress

Jay Jaeger cube1 at charter.net
Wed Oct 14 16:22:41 CDT 2015

On 10/14/2015 3:44 PM, shadoooo wrote:

> Then I developed a tool to connect it to PC via serial, using the
> console port;
> this tool is somehow similar to VTserver for PDP11 realm, but more
> expandable.
> Basically, you can do memory transfers between Nova and PC (both
> directions), and
> execute almost *ANY* I/O instruction on the Nova, under the strict
> direction of the PC.
> On the PC, a tool developed in Python is used to bootstrap a special
> binary program (using Program Load feature on Nova),
> and then to execute special scripts, prepared for particular disk and/or
> tape peripherals, to dump a device to image file (compatible with SIMH),
> dump an image file to device, format a disk, and so on...
> As all these procedures are controlled remotely by the PC, on the Nova
> always sits the very same small binary code,
> thus supporting new peripherals should be very easy, once one
> understands how the whole stuff works.
> I already developed (and debugged using an emulated Nova3 on SIMH) all
> is needed to read/write/format disks on 6030.
> I think the very same code should work on the S/130, so if you want you
> could give a try.

I'd love a copy of that for my archives, in case I ever need to do
anything like that.


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