DECmate II

From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Wed May 19 00:29:17 2004

On Tue, May 18, 2004 at 07:42:18PM -0700, wrote:
> I'm not sure, but if it is like the pro and vaxstations, etc. there should
> be dumb terminal support but would require a special cable/adapter that is
> rs323 with a couple pins tied together to define it as a console. If you
> have a H8571-b mmj adapter I think that works.

While that's true for uVAXen, I don't think that's true with DECmates.
> of course you can always use the cpu to make one of bob's SBC6120s if the
> computer is bad...

That's what I did for my first SBC6120 - borrowed the CPU from my DECmate-II
(since it's socketed there, and soldered on the DECmate III(+) boards).

Since then, I've picked up a spare DM-III board for $20 and borrowed the
CPU from _it_ (leaving both the CPU and the DM-III board intact). Given
the cost of a new CPU chip, this was cost effective, if you ignore the
cost of my time to carefully desolder the chip and install a machined-pin


Not so strangely enough, to tie this in with another current thread, I
picked up the DM-II about 12 years ago at the Dayton Hamvention for,
IIRC, $35, with keyboard and VR-201. I even got the seller to deliver
it to my car - a coup, if you've been to Dayton and seen how far we park
from the site). You used to be able to get VR-201s at Dayton for $3-$6,
but they've more or less vanished from the tables these days.

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