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TekXpress on ebay de, does anyone speak German?

Unread postby Y888099 » Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:28 am

There are two kinds of sellers on ebay: those who knows what they are selling, and those don't. I have never understood description like "tested good". What have you tested?

Now, referred to an auction (this link points to ebay co uk) which mentions a vintage Tektronix X11-terminal, "tested good" doesn't mean anything useful. Probably it means "the green led lights up, and I see some text on the VGA screen", but the price is very high (400 euro, postage included), and the auction's title also mentions "TekXpress V5.9 XP421CH" but it's not clear if it's included/provided: without TekXpress (host side) the machine is completely useless, since these terminals need the properly firmware uploaded from a server to the terminal on bootstrap (tftpboot).

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In the blue screen you can see "TekXpress boot monitor" (on the upper left corner). This monitor is a built-in firmware which launches a tftpboot request to a tftpboot server, which sends back the firmware I am talking about: TekXpress, host side, which is composed by
  • kernel (VxWorks/MIPS-R3K)
  • X11-R4 server, openmotif, openlook
  • keyboard map
  • session's environment
  • fonts
  • some native applications, such as a few Windows Managers, vt1xx, vt2xx, telnet, XDM-*

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minerva ~ # ls /tftproot/tekxp/boot/
6x10.pcf.Z            french          periphtest.10   tek3270.10
6x13.pcf.Z            german          pointerTekXPTA  tek3270.300
6x13B.pcf.Z           helvB12.pcf.Z   ptrAbsCALCOMP   tek3287.10
8x13.pcf.Z            highTekXPTA     ptrAbsTekXPTA   tek3287.300
8x13B.pcf.Z           italian         ptrCarroll      tek340.10
9x15.pcf.Z            katakana        ptrCustom1      tek340.300
9x15B.pcf.Z           kb3270fr0001    ptrCustom2      tekdw132.pcf.Z
Aserver.350           kb3270gr0001    ptrCustom3      tekdw80.pcf.Z
LuV2NT12.pcf.Z        kb3270na0001    ptrCustom4      telnet.10
LuV2RT12.pcf.Z        kb3270uk0001    ptrLightPen1    telnet.300
LuV2RT14.pcf.Z        kbba01na0001    ptrRelCALCOMP   tftpd.10
LuciB10.pcf.Z         kbba22na0001    ptrTridentCap   tftpd.300
LuciBT10.pcf.Z        kbfptrfr0001    ptrTridentCapZ  timR10.pcf.Z
LuciRT10.pcf.Z        kbfptrgr0001    ptrTridentRes   timR24.pcf.Z
PEXFonts.nam          kbfptrna0001    ptrTridentSAW   tip.10
README.XP10.version   kblk402aggr001  ptrTridentSAW2  tip.300
README.XP330.version  kblk450na0001   rconf.10        tm14_100.pcf.Z
README.XP350.version  kbsiemgr0001    rconf.330       tm14_75.pcf.Z
Roman.phont           kbsiemna0001    rconf.350       uk
Roman_M.phont         kbsony1060001   route_mgr.10    usascii
XKeysymDB             kbsonyshort001  route_mgr.300   vplay.350
XP10_OS.SYS           kbtype5na0001   selftest-tr.10  xbcast.10
XP10_PT.SYS           launcher.10     selftest.10     xbcast.300
XP10_ST.SYS           launcher.300    selftest.330    xie.10
XP330_OS.SYS          llogin.10       selftest.350    xie.330
XP330_PEX.SYS         llogin.300      setup.10        xie.350
XP330_ST.SYS          lowTekXPTA      setup.330       xie_dis.10
XP350_OS.SYS          lpd.10          setup.350       xie_dis.330
XP350_ST.SYS          lpd.300         snmpd.10        xie_dis.350
Xge                   luBS12.pcf.Z    snmpd.330       xiefp.330
Xge1.350              luBS14.pcf.Z    snmpd.350       xiefp_dis.330
Xge8.350              luRS12.pcf.Z    spanish         xieview.10
YMTRANS.TBL           mixer.350       ssrc.10         xieview.300
aplay.350             mwm.10          ssrc.330        xlock.10
boot_mon.350          mwm.300         ssrc.350        xlock.300
config                net_to_prt.10   swedish         xpcompress.350
cterm.10              net_to_prt.300  swiss-german    xpcompress.rdm
cterm.300             norwegian       sxptask.10      xpflash.10
danish                olcursor.pcf.Z  sxptask.300     xpflash.330
deccurs.pcf.Z         olgl12.pcf.Z    tdwdhb80.pcf.Z  xpflash.350
decsess.pcf.Z         olwm.10         tdwdht80.pcf.Z  xpvideo.350
default.compos        olwm.300        tdwhb132.pcf.Z  xpwm.10
fg-22.pcf.Z           os-tr.10        tdwht132.pcf.Z  xpwm.300
finnish               os.10           techB14.pcf.Z   xshm.330
fonts                 os.330          tek220.10       xshm.350
fonts.alias           os.350          tek220.300      xv.350
fonts.dir             ospex.330       tek3179g.10
fonts.ok              peripht-tr.10   tek3179g.300

(contents of my tftpboot server, unfortunately it doesn't support the XP400-series)

So, these terminals require the above files located on a server in order to be useful: I have already written a few emails to the seller, but answers haven't arrived yet, probable because they don't understand English as I don't understand their German language. There is a language barrier between us.

Someone who speaks German, can ask them *what* have they tested, and *what* is the meaning of "tekxpress" in their title ?
  • a) included-provided
  • b) needed-but-not-provided

Probably, but I am not sure, the seller tested the "the green led is lighting", and they are talking about the blue screen, which is what they got on the VGA screen once they powered on the unit :roll:
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Re: TekXpress on ebay de, does anyone speak German?

Unread postby Geoman » Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:16 am

I just sent the German seller an E-Mail with the questions.
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Re: TekXpress on ebay de, does anyone speak German?

Unread postby Y888099 » Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:32 am

Thanks. So kind :)
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Re: TekXpress on ebay de, does anyone speak German?

Unread postby Geoman » Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:49 am

Y888099 wrote:Thanks. So kind :)
You are welcome :) I keep you posted when the seller replies to my email.

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Re: TekXpress on ebay de, does anyone speak German?

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Re: TekXpress on ebay de, does anyone speak German?

Unread postby Y888099 » Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:26 am

LoooooL


Two options exist
  • Tektronix XpressWare version 8.0 or later (required for the XP400s)
  • NCD's NCBridge
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Re: TekXpress on ebay de, does anyone speak German?

Unread postby Geoman » Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:29 am

Still no reply from seller. I think it's because all companies are closed during easter holidays.
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Re: TekXpress on ebay de, does anyone speak German?

Unread postby Y888099 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:07 pm

Another dude on ebay com
you need a key .. go to computer warehouse.. only people got it
thanks.

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So, I need ... a key (?!?) :roll:
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Re: TekXpress on ebay de, does anyone speak German?

Unread postby Y888099 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:00 am

NCF3N - MOP AUTHORIZATION KEY


I wonder what is it. None has explained yet :roll:
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Re: TekXpress on ebay de, does anyone speak German?

Unread postby Y888099 » Thu May 04, 2017 7:22 am

So, there was a second xp400 Tektronix on ebay for a decent price (400 euro is definitely too much).
Again it wasn't clear if provided with/without software.

I asked.

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Hi
Software is not included, and this item is no longer available for sale.


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Hi there,
Already sold, or retired?


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Hi
I am sorry but a local customer purchased it so we had to remove it from eBay.
Kind regards


It means: there is h.o.p.e. out of there ( I want to believe ) :D
How do you define h.o.p.e. ?

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