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gonna spend the day at Venix(,) beach(es)

Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:17 pm
by ClassicHasClass
This is really just to rub it in to poor old smj, but I did get that video cable together, and now I have a working DEC Professional 380 system with a somewhat flaky VR201 monitor and a LK201 keyboard running ... Venix!

Here it is booted and running:
http://www.floodgap.com/iv/3252

And here's the uname from the console, once I blanked the root password from maintenance mode:
http://www.floodgap.com/iv/3253

I am sad not to apparently have Venix install media, just manuals, but the hard disk in this thing is working great. However, the monitor seems to have a loose connection and needs a bit of, um, back of the hand encouragement.

The first LK201 keyboard I tried just displayed four red LEDs and the machine complained about an error with Device ID: 000001. Is the keyboard shot? Fortunately I had a second and that works just dandy.

This thing is a tank but it's fun. Too bad Venix doesn't support networking, just UUCP. Maybe that's an excuse to set up a machine around here for that.

Re: gonna spend the day at Venix(,) beach(es)

Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:17 pm
by ClassicHasClass
(I do have P/OS floppy disks, but I think I'll keep Venix on it. It's a fun old Unix.)

Re: gonna spend the day at Venix(,) beach(es)

Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:28 pm
by commodorejohn
Heh, nifty :D I really do need to line up a replacement video card for my Professional 350...

Re: gonna spend the day at Venix(,) beach(es)

Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:45 pm
by smj
ClassicHasClass wrote:This is really just to rub it in to poor old smj ...

Poor? Check.
Old? Check.
Your handle should be ClassicHasNoClass, sir. ;)

No OS distro you say? Have a look in ftp.update.uu.se/pub/professional...

Re: gonna spend the day at Venix(,) beach(es)

Posted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 9:32 am
by ClassicHasClass
smj wrote:
ClassicHasClass wrote:This is really just to rub it in to poor old smj ...

Poor? Check.
Old? Check.
Your handle should be ClassicHasNoClass, sir. ;)


Muahahahahaha! :twisted:

No OS distro you say? Have a look in ftp.update.uu.se/pub/professional...


Jim S is going to get me an MFM emulator and we'll see if we can get this bad boy imaged.

That said, I'm not sure what to make of the LK201 with the red LEDs. Is it just shot?

Re: gonna spend the day at Venix(,) beach(es)

Posted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:08 pm
by smj
ClassicHasNoClass wrote:Jim S is going to get me an MFM emulator and we'll see if we can get this bad boy imaged.

That sounds like a fine idea. I need a few of those - even have a kit for one around here somewhere...

ClassicHasNoClass wrote:That said, I'm not sure what to make of the LK201 with the red LEDs. Is it just shot?

I'm certain we just treated them as "swapable," in that there were plenty around and somebody had a service contract, so we just swapped out any LK201's with issues like that.

Which doesn't answer your question. I'm sure somebody somewhere has actually gone to the effort of fixing one. If you're so inclined, it would be a fine topic for the classiccmp mailing list. Tony Duell ought to have some tips even if nobody else does. Not to mention the folks on comp.os.vms or comp.sys.dec (little activity there).