Subject: Re: DEC vt320 terminal problem
To: NetBSD User's Discussion List <>
From: Shannon <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 07/09/2001 11:55:58
On Tue, Jun 19, 2001 at 08:17:14AM -0400, Kevin P. Neal wrote:

> I don't remember if I had it working on my old vt420 but I suspect I didn't
> get it right. OTOH, my vt510's hardware flow control is a thing of beauty.
> It runs at 38400bps and never drops a character. Those power surges that
> took out my (in order) vt420 and vt220 might have been the best thing to
> ever happen to me terminal-wise. 

I just got a DEC vt510 delivered today, and hooked it up to my SS5,
replacing the vt320.  This is definitely a big improvement, and I can
use a PC keyboard on top of it.  

However, I still get the same problems within shells even with DSR and xon/off
flow control, and limits on character transmit.  This is really frustrating.

I guess this must be an issue with NetBSD-sparc's serial ports, because
it seems fine on an Intel machine.  It would help a great deal if the
shells would issue a simple linefeed/carriage return instead of just
running the cursor to EOL and depending on autowrap.

What kind of machine are you running? If you have a sparc and your 510
works, I'd be interested in your configuration details, because while
this terminal is a little better, most of the shell problem is still

Also, something I'd not mentioned before is that mc (midnight commander)
doesn't work right. The display is all messed up.

> Heh. My vt510 cost $7. Plus $20 to ship. 

I got mine for $1, plus $25 for shipping. The place I ordered from has
more, and I'm tempted to pick up another just to have it. The terminal
is very clean, and well cared for.

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