PDP 11/40 Unibus termination query...
bqt at softjar.se
Thu May 21 13:45:13 CDT 2009
Ethan Dicks <ethan.dicks at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, May 21, 2009 at 9:06 AM, Tom Uban <uban at ubanproductions.com> wrote:
>>> >> I'll check the NPG jumpers -- here's a stupid question -- how do I find
>>> >> where they're supposed to be? ?I've looked all over for a simple diagram
>>> >> showing which pins are CA1 and CB1, but I'm not finding them...
>> > The backplane information is clearly described in the Peripherals Handbook.
>> > If you don't have a copy and you intend to work with these machines, then
>> > you need to get yourself a copy.
> Having worked with these machines a lot over the years, I can
> personally recommend having the right handbooks on hand when
> configuring things or diagnosing problems - it will save a lot of time
> and grief. Back in the day, we always had them and we used them
>> > The 'C' in CXX is the slot...
> Another way to see is to look at a dual-height Unibus grant card and
> note which pair of pins is shorted together on the "C" finger (the one
> that only has one pair of pins shorted, not the one that has 3 pairs
> of pins shorted). If you don't _have_ a dual-height grant card, you
> are going to have to get very familiar with where the NPR pins are
> because you are going to be wrapping and unwrapping that jumper on the
> backplane every time you insert or remove cards.
Those dual height grant cards are excellent for people who aren't overly
sure and experienced with this, since they are hard to insert the wrong
way as well. So you both can check which pins should be shorted, and you
don't have to fiddle with the NPG line. It is also not totally uncommon
for people to also insert the grant cards reversed...
But you don't need to remove the NPG wire every time you insert a card.
You only need to do it for cards that do DMA.
By the way, Tom Uban made a great ascii chart of a backplane slot. That
should be useful for lots of people who play with DEC equipment, for the
same notation is used on all older DEC backplanes, not only Unibus.
It's actually this backplane format that defines a flip chip. (Most
people errounosly seem to think that the bus grant cards are called flip
chip, they are just one example of a flip chip.)
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