[SUMMARY] Setting up serial terminal using "Serial Parallel Controller"

From: David Foster <foster_at_dim.ucsd.edu>
Date: Tue Jul 02 2002 - 17:55:55 EDT
Needed to setup a terminal console which was connected to a Sparc 10
via a "Serial Parallel Controller" made by Sun (really old hardware).

Turns out all I needed to do was fire up 'admintool' and 
configure the right interface, which I found by trial-and-error (tty1).
As I had feared, this was indeed a stupid question.

Several suggested NOT to use this SPC, as it is outdated and sucked
even when it was new.

Suggested links:

http://sunsolve.sun.com/    (search for infodoc "17699")

Newer devices:

Thanks to:

Jed Dobson
Matthew Stier

> Ok, I hope this isn't a stupid question...
> I need to set up a terminal attached via serial cable to a
> Sparcstation-10 running Solaris 8. Should be easy, except
> the interface is something I haven't seen before, and I think
> it's fairly old.
> It's a "Serial Parallel Controller", made by Sun; it looks like
> a wide power-strip except it has 8 serial 25-pin connectors
> pointing straight up, one labelled "Parallel" and 7 labelled
> "Serial", and the input from the server is a 96-pin very
> narrow centronics-style connector that I haven't seen before.
> Apparently this thing allows devices to share a single sbus
> input, as there is a printer connected to the Parallel input
> and the terminal is connected via one of the serial connectors.
> My question is, how does one configure the system for this
> terminal? I just upgraded the system for a (very part-time)
> client, but I didn't know about this terminal beforehand and
> of course he needs it yesterday.
> Any clues or pointers greatly appreciated. Can I just follow
> the standard instructions given at Celeste Stokely's terminal/modem
> tutorial:
> 	http://www.stokely.com/unix.serial.port.resources/modem.html
> Thanks! Summary certainly to follow.
> Dave

   David Foster    National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research
    Programmer/Analyst     University of California, San Diego
    dfoster@ucsd.edu       Department of Neuroscience, Mail 0608
    (858) 534-7968         http://ncmir.ucsd.edu/

   "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one
   persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.  Therefore, all progress
   depends on the unreasonable."   -- George Bernard Shaw
sunmanagers mailing list
Received on Tue Jul 2 18:08:26 2002

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.8 : Thu Mar 03 2016 - 06:42:48 EST