Subject: Re: Using a PC monitor in place of DEC monochrome one
To: NetBSD Vax mailing list <>
From: Chris Wareham <>
List: port-vax
Date: 03/12/2002 13:49:22
Linc Fessenden wrote:
> On Tue, 12 Mar 2002, Chris Wareham wrote:
>>I spent a fruitless night trying to view the output
>>from my VS3100's monochrome framebuffer, as I think that
>>my DEC monitor is broken. It did spend three months in
>>its previous owners garage, as well as enduring a van
>>journey where I don't think it was safely secured.
>>As a result, I am wondering if I can use a standard PC
>>monitor to view the output of the builtin framebuffer.
>>I recall seeing some notes on how to get a monochrome
>>PC monitor to do this, but nothing on colour monitors.
>>Failing that, if anyone in the UK has a spare DEC
>>monitor, I'd be most interested in acquiring it from
> Why not use a dumb terminal?  Mono is mono after all..

I assume you mean a VT terminal. The reason I want to
get the graphic output working is to hack on the X
server code, as I'd love to contribute something to
the NetBSD effort. Agreed it is only mono, but I'm
hoping that it will be a good starting point for me
to learn the intricacies of X server programming. (I'm
also hoping to work on an X server for the Sparc).

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