View Full Version : my DEC vt510

November 29th, 2005, 09:40 PM
a little while back I picked up a couple of working vt510s and a vt220 that sort of just clicks with some strange power surge. The tube doesn't even light up or emit that wonderful pcb smell. I was disapointed because that was the one that came with a key board. The two vt510s on the other hand did not. It wasn't until recently I realize that it had a PS/2 jack. I'm not a real vintage computer guy. I was excited when the thought came into my mind that I would be able to use it because I heard you could put UNIX on it. I took my stock compaq keyboard I use on all my windows machines and I hooked it up. When I booted it it said "self test okay" and then went to a curser waiting for input but whenever I press a key I get a little blip and nothing comes up. Some keys like alt, ctl, shit don't make that beep and I found some combinations of shift and a letter can enable cap lock, hold, num lock including the actual buttons.

I was just wondering if there was any chance I could get this puppy up and running and if so would I be able to use UNIX on it?


December 2nd, 2005, 02:31 AM
Aren't these just terminals, i.e. a textual (or sometimes semi-graphical) display with a keyboard? In order to install UNIX or anything else, you need a computer to connect to the terminal, for instance one of your PCs. Of course, a PC would run just as well with a regular monitor and even offer high resolution colour graphics if the particular operating system supports it.