Subject: Re: free DECstation 3100's
To: None <>
From: Aaron J. Grier <>
List: port-pmax
Date: 03/06/2001 23:37:58
On Sun, Mar 04, 2001 at 09:30:29PM -0800, David O'Brien wrote:
> I have two DECstation 3100's that I picked up, but cannot get them
> working with serial console.  The issue is probably the typical one
> about the mouse port.  I've tried shorting pins 1&3 with a paper clip,
> but they still wont give serial output.


you'll need an lk{2,4}01, but this can be done headless.  (which I have
had to do after having multitues of VR292(?) monochrome monitors fail on

clear the NVRAM by unplugging the nicad pack from the motherboard, and
powercycling the machine.  the first thing it will prompt when NVRAM is
cleared is the language, '4' is english.  then you'll be at a
prompt.  'enable tty(2)' turns on the communications port (the one with
the arrows over it).  'setenv baud2 9600' sets the speed of the
communications port.  you should start seeing echoes from your keyboard
now.  'setenv console 4' sets the console to the communications port.
at that point you should be able to enter commands from your terminal.

I've never tried the yank video RAM trick...

  Aaron J. Grier | "Not your ordinary poofy goof." |