Subject: Re: VAXstation 2000 headless multiuser boot.
To: None <>
From: Michael Kukat <>
List: port-vax
Date: 02/17/2000 23:17:42
Hi !

On Fri, 18 Feb 2000 wrote:
> > Thats are far as it gets on my VS2000 with 1.4L. 
> that the rest of the messages were going to the other console. Sure
> So, my advice at the end of all this is to look for a small alternate
> console switch. If it is labelled, it should be labelled with the text
> 'S3'. This switch is only read at power on, so you will have to power
> cycle the machine after doing this. The up position activates the
> alternate console. Plug in a serial console to various ports, and keep
> banging on the reset button and wait for the self test messages.

The VAXstation 2000 doesn't have such a switch. If the box does something on
the serial console, you can't make more than that. Usually you have 2 ways to
get this running:

Connect pin 8 and 9 of the console port (the 9pin-D-SUB-connector)
Locate the jumper near the BNC connector and reverse it. This was found by me
to be a bit insecure, the pin8&9 version never made problems.

> Caveat: I have only played with a MicroVAX 3100/m20 in this way. 
> This really is going to have to go into the FAQ.

BTW: The little switch on a VAX 4000-105A at the rear enable HALT via terminal
BREAK. Since yesterday, i don't have to creep begind the hardware every time
i hang the machine in my tests :-)


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