IBM 3290 terminal

Guy Sotomayor ggs at
Tue Feb 9 11:26:48 CST 2016

> On Feb 9, 2016, at 1:23 AM, Kevin Bowling <kevin.bowling at> wrote:
> I'm looking for an IBM 3290 to complement my z800 mainframe and third party
> 3174-22L establishment controller.  I can't imagine these were particularly
> rare, but am sure many of them have been destroyed in the waning years
> since it takes special equipment/know how/desire to even use.  Any leads on
> on for a reasonable price?

If you want “real” terminals to hook up to it (yea, I know IBM 3290’s are cool)
the easiest terminals to find are the IBM 3178/3179.  Usually you’ll be able to
get the display and then have to hunt a keyboard (but it’s the IBM standard
keyboard with the 5-pin DIN connector…any of those should work).  Folks have
(unfortunately) figured out that they can get more for the keyboard than the

TTFN - Guy

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