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Third-party hardware? (Avocent KVM)

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The Question is:

I would like to hook my DEC 3000/900 to my KVM solution.  It has a graphical
 interface so what cable do I need to provide standard Keyboard, Mouse and
 Video connections (PSII, or USB)?  Or will I need to use the serial interface
 (non graphical)?

The Answer is :

  Please contact the KVM vendor for assistance in integrating with
  an Alpha system -- the OpenVMS Wizard is not in a position to
  provide third-party hardware support, and not as familiar with
  KVM switches and associated switch gear as are the engineers of
  the KVM vendors.
  Older Alpha systems such as this are not as easy to connect to
  KVMs as more recent Alpha systems, as these older systems predate
  use of commodity keyboard and video connections.
  The OpenVMS FAQ contains details of typical video signaling used
  on the older Alpha and most VAX systems, and signalling can and
  does vary by the video controller installed.
  The keyboard requires scan set two support within the KVM and
  the keyboard, and expects to have the settings fully restored
  by the KVM when the connection is returned to the OpenVMS system.
  The FAQ also has discussions of enabling and using the serial
  console on most Alpha systems.  Also see (1250) and other topics.
  See topic (5358) for another similar discussion.
  Again, please contact the KVM vendor for assistance with this
  as requirements and options can and do vary by KVM implementation.

answer written or last revised on ( 17-JUN-2003 )

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