[tech] Serial terminals in the hallway - PS/2 keyboard needed

Nick Bannon nick at ucc.gu.uwa.edu.au
Sun Mar 17 19:24:42 AWST 2019

On Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 11:43:43PM +0800, Nick Bannon wrote:
> https://terminals-wiki.org/wiki/index.php/DEC_VT510

The good news: the terminal is now mounted on a fit-for-purpose? shelf
as part of a 19" rack which needed a home, as of yesterday's cleanup.

The bad news - although the VT510 takes nice easy-to-find PS/2
keyboards, we couldn't find one to fit the available space. One of our
USB ones does fit, but it may not support PS/2 mode (via an adaptor) -
the correct adaptor or any other 445mm-wide (or narrower) PS/2-capable
keyboard would be very handy.

So, at least temporarily, it's an amber
...with our precious narrow keyboard.

It has been reported that it's not working as well as the VT510,
particularly with the fish shell? but if a software fix can't be foudn
easily, a suitable keyboard for the VT510 would be the easy hardware fix.

Having said that, having multiple working terminal ports and/or terminals
would be a great project. The Cyclades TS-1000 PPC terminal server is
in the top of the rack, and it could probably use an ethernet switch, too...

> Software flow control, so 9600bps it is for now.

...which might be one way get a properly wired cable with hardware
flow control.

> There's also a HP small-form-factor PC, it's not booting (or netbooting)
> anything interesting right now.

Possible PSU issue?


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