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Console: VAXstation serial console

The Question is:

I have a VaxStation 3100 and my monitor died.  Is there
any way to have a standard VT terminal be the console.
I am not using the system for any fancy graphics apps
so I don't really need the 19 inch color monitor.

Thanks in advance.

The Answer is:

There are articles in STARS about this.  The problem is that over the life
of the 3100, there were different techniques involving internal jumpers,
internal dip switches, and external switches.

The same articles may be in DSNlink; I don't know.

   Flip the S3 switch on the back of the VAXstation 3100 system -- on the
   early models of the first-generation VAXstation 3100 model 30 and 40
   systems, this switch was accessable only by opening up the enclosure;
   there was no access hole through the rear case of the system -- and plug
   the serial line from the VT-series terminal into the printer port MMJ
   (DECconnect, DEC423) socket.

   Do not use a pencil on the S3 switch as graphite can contaminate the

   S3 set `down' sets the graphics console.  S3 `up' selects the printer
   line as the console.

   The various DECconnect adapter part numbers are listed in the OpenVMS
   Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) posting, archived at the following

	comp.os.vms newsgroup
	comp.answers newsgroup
	news.answers newsgroup
	CompuServe VAXFORUM, Library 0, VMSFAQ.TXT