RS2030 MIPS workstation

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Sat May 4 13:03:29 CDT 2019

On Sat, May 4, 2019 at 9:42 AM Al Kossow via cctalk <cctalk at>

> On 5/4/19 3:00 AM, Pete Turnbull via cctalk wrote:
> > Once I can get the machine to stop wailing, that will be useful!
> >
> I pulled the frame buffer out of my 2030 and got up as far as the
> monitor on port 0 at 9600. My NVRAM is dead so I'm digging around
> trying to find another DS1287. The machine has an XE1287 in it and
> the battery terminals don't seem to be on the pin 12-13 end like the
> Dallas.
> I ordered a DEC BC29 cable to play with the frame buffers on the
> machines that I still have.
> Also, looking at the driver code it looks like the keyboard on the 2030
> expects to be XT protocol.

When I played with mine years ago, the only thing different about it was
that it had a different device ID than expected. I had to hack FreeBSD of
the era to recognize that keyboard id correctly. Don't know if I ever tried
the opposite way or not.


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