Unix on old-ish machines - advice sought

Paul Koning pkoning at equallogic.com
Fri Apr 8 08:59:20 CDT 2005


>>>>> "Ethan" == Ethan Dicks <ethan.dicks at gmail.com> writes:

 Ethan> On Apr 8, 2005 1:39 AM, Zane H. Healy <healyzh at aracnet.com>
 Ethan> wrote:
 >> No kidding!  I've got a 3rd party framebuffer for my PDP-11/73,
 >> but have never gotten it working, in part because I'm not sure
 >> what it would take to hook up a monitor or even what type monitor
 >> would be needed.  In my case I've got drivers for RSX-11M, but
 >> they existed for RT-11, and maybe other OS's.

 Ethan> Interesting... I have a Qbus framebuffer, too.  ...

Some of the early VAXstation display controllers -- certainly the mono
frame buffer, and probably the first color controller ("Kaylith") are
likely to work just fine on PDP11s, though I don't know if that was
ever done at DEC.

For monitors -- you might just try a regular TV scan frequency monitor
(VR201 class).  Failing that, an older multisync PC monitor is bound
to work, once you construct the right adapter to make the wires hook
up.

	paul





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