Subject: Re: DECstation 5000/200 serial console
To: Paul R. Yaskowski <>
From: Chris <>
List: port-pmax
Date: 06/17/2000 15:25:24
on 6/17/00 1:57 PM, Paul R. Yaskowski at wrote
something like:

> I recently acquired a DECstation 5000/200.  I've never worked with
> these machines before, but I've had a lot of experience with VAXes.
> I've been trying unsuccessfully to setup a serial console on this
> machine, but I can't seem to quite get it.  I've hooked up the DB25
> port labeled 3 to a serial port on another computer, but nothing shows
> up, even after I remove the framebuffer.  I'm assuming my cable isn't
> wired correctly, so I'd like to know if anyone knows of a place to get
> working cables to plug into the serial port of my computer.

    It's just a standard RS-232C serial port. The only gotcha is that it
needs DTR/DSR or DTR/RTS handshake with XON/XOFF flow control. I've always
used 9600 N-8-1 with a DEC VT-320, but until you get the handshake and flow
control set right, the computer will not talk to you period.