286/386 as linux terminal

286/386 as linux terminal

Post by Mark Lumsde » Fri, 03 May 1996 04:00:00



Has anyone used an old 286 or 386 to set up as a linux terminal.  In other
words to connect an old computer through the serial port (UUCP) of an
existing pentium and to use it as a terminal for the pentium system.

                        Any help would be appreciated,
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286/386 as linux terminal

Post by Art Taylo » Fri, 03 May 1996 04:00:00



> Has anyone used an old 286 or 386 to set up as a linux terminal.  In other
> words to connect an old computer through the serial port (UUCP) of an
> existing pentium and to use it as a terminal for the pentium system.

I've used an old Epson V20(or so) machine as a terminal on a 386sx linux
box through the serial ports, using an old null modem cable and Telix on
the Epson.  Just start up a getty on the serial port in inittab on
linux, and it should be hunky-dory.

I'm not near that machine now, but I can email you the line from inittab
if you really need help.

-a.

 
 
 

286/386 as linux terminal

Post by Steve Merrifie » Sat, 04 May 1996 04:00:00


: Has anyone used an old 286 or 386 to set up as a linux terminal.  In other
: words to connect an old computer through the serial port (UUCP) of an
: existing pentium and to use it as a terminal for the pentium system.

Easy to do - just run a comms program like telix / kermit on the
terminal end, and you're away...

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286/386 as linux terminal

Post by Iain Barke » Sat, 04 May 1996 04:00:00




> : Has anyone used an old 286 or 386 to set up as a linux terminal.  In other
> : words to connect an old computer through the serial port (UUCP) of an
> : existing pentium and to use it as a terminal for the pentium system.

> Easy to do - just run a comms program like telix / kermit on the
> terminal end, and you're away...

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>     / )  (  _)/\/ )/ / )| |/ )  Steve Merrifield

>   (___)(___)(_/\/ \__/ (_/|_|   http://livewire.ee.latrobe.edu.au

... even better if you set up a minimal LAN because then you can use
diskless
286's and have faster interconnects to the workstations.  Old
8088/8086's
with 8bit ethernet or Arcnet cards are ideal!

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286/386 as linux terminal

Post by Peter Jord » Sun, 05 May 1996 04:00:00



>... even better if you set up a minimal LAN because then you can use
>diskless
>286's and have faster interconnects to the workstations.  Old
>8088/8086's
>with 8bit ethernet or Arcnet cards are ideal!

How do you do this ?
I am trying it with a null modem cable and some variant of KA9Q but
not having much success.

attach asy 0x3f8 4 etc....
followed by tip to see if my getty is listening but ...

Is there a better way ?  Better documentation ?

Thankyou

PeterJordan

 
 
 

286/386 as linux terminal

Post by David Colquho » Mon, 06 May 1996 04:00:00



>Has anyone used an old 286 or 386 to set up as a linux terminal.  In other
>words to connect an old computer through the serial port (UUCP) of an
>existing pentium and to use it as a terminal for the pentium system.
>                    Any help would be appreciated,
>                                    Mark Lumsden
>--
>      +------------------------------------------------------------+
>      | Mark Lumsden                        | Room ABB-440         |      
>      | Neutron Scattering Group            | Phone: (905)525-9140 |
>      | Department of Physics and Astronomy | ext's: (office)27402 |
>      | McMaster University                 |        (lab)   27518 |
>      | Hamilton, Ontario                   | home:  (905) 572-6439|
>      | L8S 4M1                             |                      |
>      +------------------------------------------------------------+

No problem at all , just plug in a null-modm cable , run TELIX , KERMIT
or ANSITERM on the old PC and away yer go!

When I installed Linux (slackware 1.2.8 I *think*) there was support for
serial terminals ready to go at 38400 baud.

Have a look in /etc/inittab and /etc/rc.d/rc.serial to see what line
speed and settings are active.

There aint much to do.

Have fun.

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286/386 as linux terminal

Post by Norbert E. Krem » Mon, 06 May 1996 04:00:00




Quote:

>Has anyone used an old 286 or 386 to set up as a linux terminal.  In other
>words to connect an old computer through the serial port (UUCP) of an
>existing pentium and to use it as a terminal for the pentium system.

If the linux machine is already on a network (say ethernet), then you
could also put a NIC into the old machine, and connect with kermit.

I do this with ipxodi and odipkt drivers, and this lets me monitor
a netware server  and a linux box (one at a time) from an old 286.
Kermit allows you to SET PORT TCP/IP and then use the NIC to make a telnet
session.

The only cost involved was  $25 for a cheap ethernet card.

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