Subject: Re: Vax 4000/200 Tech Questions
To: Chuck McManis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Henry R. Bent <email@example.com>
Date: 04/28/2002 18:05:22
Chuck McManis wrote:
> Consider visiting the House of VAX at
> and check out the section on decoding the front panel glyphs...
Yeah, I already checked out a fair portion of your site. Nice collection! I
just hadn't gotten to the part about panel glyphs yet. Very helpful.
> >1. Power connection. The socket looks like it would take a standard power
> >cord but it's got a piece of plastic blocking the top. In all my boxes it
> >seems to be the one thing I'm missing. Can I scrape some plastic out of the
> >top of a regular power cord and use it? The power rating does say 11.2A at
> >120V so perhaps DEC is just making sure you use a safe power cord.
> Uses a high temperature IEC cord, as Dave mentioned you can get them from
> Cisco support shops, some HW stores will special order them. Or you can dig
> out the plastic and use a non-high temperature cord. Given that your system
> is not fully loaded this won't be a problem.
I'm digging away right now :-)
> The BA430 chassis that your CPU is in has a 50 pin back plane for the
> disks. On the DECSystem 5500 that backplane was SCSI, on the 4000/200 its
> DSSI. The appropriate terminator needs to be installed and the other port
> covered with a red cover. (actually it doesn't have to be red but the DEC
> docs on the 430 chassis specify it that way :-)
Oh, okay. Yeah, it had a red cover on it. Shucks... I suppose I really do
need to buy a Qbus SCSI card.
<snip: Simpact ICP1622T>
So I guess I just need a breakout box of some sort. Well, I have no real
reason to use this as a comm server anyway, so I'll just leave the card alone.
Henry Bent firstname.lastname@example.org
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