13W3 -> 3 BNC
ray at arachelian.com
Sat May 3 09:50:37 CDT 2008
Alexandre Lagüe-Jacques wrote:
> What a pain... My original DEC 1702906-01 (3W3 -> 3 BNC) cable broke
> and I needed a replacement. I found one on eBay so I bought two.
> Instead, the seller sent me a 13W3 to 3 BNC!!! (Where the hell does
> that thing come from???)
13W3's were used with Sun, SGI monitors. I think NeXT may have used
those connectors, or something very similar to those.
http://pinouts.ru/cgi-bin/view_filt.cgi?text=3W3&lang=eng says that IBM
PowerPC machines also used this.
If I remember right, the 13W3 monitors weren't interchangeable, and if
you used a converter, you needed to make sure that your monitor would
sync up to the computer.
Sun for example was notorious for using fixed-sync monitors that
wouldn't work with anything but their machines.
What's funny is that they usually OEM'ed their monitors from, say Nokia,
or Sony, and you could see another non-Sun branded monitor from the
other two vendors which would be multisync and would work with almost
everything, but the Sun branded ones wouldn't. :-)
I'm glad that era is over.
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