View Full Version : Tektronix XN11 Terminal working - Is there any way to set it up?

March 5th, 2014, 05:32 AM
Before sunday, i didn't even know this existed, then someone brought it to me.
I wanted a dead pizzabox to build myself an i7 workstation and i got an XN11. For free.
Guess i'm just lucky :p

Whatever, i don't want to kill it to build a crappy-looking spraypainted mod with wooden supports for the mobo...

After a quick cleaning (when i realized the whole case is metal and i was very surprised), i fired it up. It works perfectly.
Now i was wondering if i can get output over serial or video out on VGA...
The video connector looks like CGA, but i don't want to mess out with my only beloved Amstrad monitor.

Also the keyboard connector is something weird...

Here are some pics:

Any infos, help, thing is welcome.
Thanks in advance,

March 5th, 2014, 07:51 AM
I'm not finding a whole lot for it other than it was just a netbooting x-terminal.

March 5th, 2014, 12:27 PM
That's the problem...
There seems to be very little or nothing on the net...

Now there are two options:
It's very rare.
It's junk.

Either way, i'm not gonna trash it. It looks very nice, even if i can't get output...

March 8th, 2014, 05:12 PM
You found the page on the Terminals wiki then? Tektronix XN11 (http://terminals.classiccmp.org/wiki/index.php/Tektronix_XN11)
You will need another machine with a X server set up, and probably the boot image for the terminal (if it needs one). Booting via tftp was common. Here is an article for setting up a different Tektronix X terminal to boot from a Linux machine: Notes on getting a Tektronix XP217C X-terminal to work with my Linux server (http://tiki.karssen.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=10).