Subject: Re: Is a VXT2000 useful with NetBSD?
To: Chris Wareham <>
From: Michael Kukat <>
List: port-vax
Date: 03/26/2002 10:36:11
Hi !

On Tue, 26 Mar 2002, Chris Wareham wrote:
> I have finally acquired a monitor that works with my VS3100,
> and also picked up what I thought was a 4000VLC. It turns out
> that the VLC is in fact a VXT2000, which I understand is an
> X terminal. Is there any way I can use this with my MV3100 or
> VS3100 running NetBSD? I assume it's pretty much useless
> unless I'm running a DEC operating system, in which case I'll
> try and swap it for the VS3100 m38 (with colour framebuffer)
> that was also on offer.

If you have the booting stuff for the VXT (should be freely available from
compaq, maybe in VMS backup format), you can use it as a fine X-terminal for
every Un*x platform. I used it for Solaris and NetBSD without any problems yet.

In addition to "usual" X-terminal features, it also talks LAT, which is useful
to use this as a colorful frontend to control a DECserver200 or a different
Terminalserver talking LAT. This is especially useful to work around the
problem of the DECserver 200 not knowing about TCP/IP. Just open 8 decterm
windows, one for every port, on your VXT and get full control :)

> And I should add that the guy I got the monitor and X
> terminal from has access to a massive amount of surplus Vax
> equipment along with a mountain of DEC documentation. His

So hunt for a DECserver 200 or 300, and enjoy the fun of controlling all your
serial consoles from the VXT2000 :)


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