MaxSpeed VGA MaxStation

Camiel Vanderhoeven camiel.vanderhoeven at
Thu Mar 25 00:41:22 CDT 2021

It's neither X nor ethernet. These worked with a special controller card that had 4 RJ45 connectors. That allowed four users to share a single Windows NT system.
From: cctech <cctech-bounces at> on behalf of John Ames via cctech <cctech at>
Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2021 4:41 AM
To: cctalk <cctalk at>; cctech <cctech at>
Subject: MaxSpeed VGA MaxStation

So, some months ago, I was in an electronics surplus store and picked
up what was obviously an X terminal - tiny metal slab with a VGA
connector, serial & parallel, AT keyboard, and RJ45 "communication"
port. I got it bare, without the external PSU that would've gone with
it, and I've since been unable to determine just what the heck I'm
supposed to feed this thing. It's a standard barrel jack, but there's
no markings on the case or the PCB to give any clue as to what
voltage/amperage or polarity it expects, and Google has been no help
at all. Does anyone have any recollection of these things? Any idea
what they want for juice?

To throw an extra mysterious wrinkle into this, when I popped open the
case to get a look at the PCB, I found that, apart from the CPU, DART,
and ROM, the only non-glue ICs on the board were an 8K SRAM and a
W82C476 RAMDAC - but 8K isn't even remotely enough for a VGA screen,
not even a monochrome one at VGA resolution! Am I missing something on
how these things operated? Given this, my only guess would be some
kind of insane networked-framebuffer scheme where the host would blast
video data in on the fly, but there's no way this was even 100Mbps
Ethernet, and 10Mbps isn't nearly fast enough to transfer 150KB at
60FPS, and there's no memory to buffer it for a slower refresh. What
in the heck is going on here?

This e-mail (including any attachments) may contain privileged, confidential, proprietary, private, copyrighted, or other legally protected information. The information is intended to be for the use of the individual or entity designated above. If you are not the intended recipient (even if the e-mail address above is yours), please notify us by return e-mail immediately, and delete the message and any attachments. Any disclosure, reproduction, distribution or other use of this message or any attachments by an individual or entity other than the intended recipient is prohibited.

More information about the cctech mailing list