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by bifo
Thu Sep 01, 2016 12:26 am
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable
Replies: 25
Views: 1288

Re: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable

Appears as though I will need to update the firmware, but for the time being I've got VMS6.2 running on there.
by bifo
Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:27 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable
Replies: 25
Views: 1288

Re: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable

It can be a struggle finding CDROM drives that they can boot from; I had good luck with Toshiba XM-4101B, and the notes on the Sun compatible CD-ROM page should mostly also apply. The DEC RZ drives are all sufficiently old that their bearings are likely to be shot. I don't think any of them were ne...
by bifo
Sun Aug 28, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable
Replies: 25
Views: 1288

Re: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable

ok theres an rz28 and an rz26, the rz26 doesnt even spin up and the rz28 sounds like a buzzsaw so i'm going to take both out and we'll see where i can get with the ancient scsi drive that i had working in the vaxen with a fresh install of vms 8.3. the RRD42 that was installed does not appear to work...
by bifo
Sun Aug 28, 2016 7:47 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable
Replies: 25
Views: 1288

Re: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable

oh ffs it boots to vms 6.1 and now i get to figure out how to extract an operator password from the damn thing, or wipe it. 64mb ram 2.1gb hd space between two rx26's. it's trying to connect to a decnet server that doesnt exist anymore. this is like booting up an android hundreds of years after it w...
by bifo
Sun Aug 28, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable
Replies: 25
Views: 1288

Re: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable

OH SWEET JESUS GOD IT SPAT OUT READABLE TEXT AND I HAVE A PROMPT

i literally screamed when the drives spun up
by bifo
Sun Aug 28, 2016 7:33 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable
Replies: 25
Views: 1288

Re: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable

I've now tried every single normal bitrate from 300 to 115200 and while i always get output from the line, its always garbage. here's what i get at 600 baud: ç)Úr­”k”^¼Cb,‚Z$ˆ‘a#ˆBÒHòB(B†Dÿ”kJJrëHBï1BëBHBV VÖ["n:B¢" B\ it never takes any input and sometimes it settles on a diag led code t...
by bifo
Sun Aug 28, 2016 7:19 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable
Replies: 25
Views: 1288

Re: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable

hm this seems like progress, setting it to 19200. here's the readout ˜€`f`˜x˜ž˜˜˜€`fž~fž`fž˜ff~†žfžf†ž`˜€æžæžf~†žþžøžæ€˜€føæø~ffž˜àæžøž`f~~†žøž~æž~fx˜æ~fæø~f€˜€æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ†æ€˜€æ€˜€`fxx†žfž`f†~...
by bifo
Sat Aug 27, 2016 11:21 am
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable
Replies: 25
Views: 1288

Re: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable

Rubber feet are long gone, and the S3 switch has been set to down as the manual states it should be. Didnt seem to force it while the graphics were present since the diag leds never settled down and seemed to get stuck in a loop trying to display the console over video rather even with S3 in the cor...
by bifo
Fri Aug 26, 2016 11:06 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable
Replies: 25
Views: 1288

Re: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable

3k/400 arrived today, undamaged in shipping thankfully. Heaviest system for the size I've ever gotten, guy must've taken a huge loss just shipping it. 2 RZ26's plus the rrd40, fully populated with ram but unfortunately the labels dont include a part number I can find, but once I can get into it I ca...
by bifo
Tue Aug 23, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable
Replies: 25
Views: 1288

Re: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable

Well, that's a shame, but overall not a big deal. Just hoping it has enough RAM already installed to run CDE, some of the old newsgroup posts say 64mb is about the bare minimum because apparently Alphas require more than VAXen did. 16mb in my old 3100/m38 was barely enough.
by bifo
Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable
Replies: 25
Views: 1288

Re: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable

The nice thing with the DEC 3000 series is that it takes 32mb parity simms so i should be able to cram in up to 512 mb if it hasn't already been maxed out. Where are you getting your information? The DEC 3000 400 to 900 use 100-pin ECC RAM SIMMs. The capacity of each SIMM varies from 2 to 32 MB, bu...
by bifo
Sun Aug 21, 2016 5:21 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable
Replies: 25
Views: 1288

Re: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable

Thanks, that looks like the right cable. Shame nobody else on ebay seems to be selling one at the moment. The nice thing with the DEC 3000 series is that it takes 32mb parity simms so i should be able to cram in up to 512 mb if it hasn't already been maxed out. The auction makes it look like a produ...
by bifo
Sun Aug 21, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: HP Integral PC
Replies: 7
Views: 1011

Re: HP Integral PC

for years I've been fascinated by this machine, that it could boot unix from rom and had a gui that afaik wasn't based on X(?) but i've only ever seen one or two pop up on ebay within the last year or so and for extremely high prices given that they aren't demonstrably working machines and come with...
by bifo
Sun Aug 21, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable
Replies: 25
Views: 1288

Re: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable

If anyone needs to see the system itself, this is the ebay auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Digital-DEC-300 ... ?#shpCntId

still cant believe my luck on that one.
by bifo
Sun Aug 21, 2016 11:42 am
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable
Replies: 25
Views: 1288

Re: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable

I'm not too dexterous with a soldering iron so DIYing it is a bit tough since the port is male and the cable is female, and it definitely isnt the one that carries the video as well (seen those before, the HP wizard actually incorrectly advised someone to get a video cable to someone with the same q...

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