HP Vectra networking (26 days OT)

From: Frank McConnell <fmc_at_reanimators.org>
Date: Mon Dec 7 16:24:23 1998

Hans B Pufal <hansp_at_digiweb.com> wrote:
> That all sounds plausible, but I do not think that HP Vectras ever used
> the HIL standard. When I get back to Grenoble (where the Vectras were
> designed) next week I will root around and see what I can dig up on this
> machine.

I'd like to know what you find, my recollection comes from having to
support 10-20 of the original Vectras and somewhat more ES and ES/12s
where I worked through most of the late 1980s. (Hey, I thought they
were OK for PC-compatibles.)

I'm not sure how "standard" the HIL support on the Vectra really was.
But the original Vectra had the connector, and its keyboard had two,
and you could plug a 46060A mouse into the keyboard. ISTR you could
put a touchscreen in the 375[34]1 monitors and hook that up with the
HIL connectors on the back of the monitor but we never bothered with
that (we bought Touchscreen IIs without the touchscreen too).

The original Vectra keyboard isn't the same HIL keyboard as used on
the 9000 line -- it has a hybrid layout that looks sort of like the
original PC/AT keyboard crossed with the HP150 keyboard, so it has PC
F1-F10 in two columns down the left, HP f1-f8 across the top, and a
numeric/cursor pad on the right.

The Vectra ES and ES/12 have the PC-standard 5-pin DIN connector for
the keyboard (which has the PS/2 layout with F1-F12 across the top and
Ctrl in the wrong place), but also have an HIL connector next to the
keyboard connector, and I think I remember using 46060A mice with
those too.

-Frank McConnell
Received on Mon Dec 07 1998 - 16:24:23 GMT

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