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DECwindows, Alternate Console, PBXGA/ZLXp-E?

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The Question is:

I want to install VMS on a AlphaServer 2000 4/233 that was previously running
 NT. When I switched to the SRM console I cannot get any display on the Monitor
 (using a PBXGA-AA video card) or a serial terminal. I have unplugged the
 keyboard, mouse, and moni
tor but still get nothing on the serial terminal. The terminal is a VT420 which
 works as the console on a DS10 and AS200. I am using the same cables. Are
 there any switch settings that need to be changed to force output to the
 terminal? Also the LCD displ
ay on the 2000 seems to be OK - testing memory, starting CPU, etc. Does that
 tell be that the firmware is good or could it have been hosed when switching
 to the SRM. Thanks

The Answer is :

  Troubleshooting for problems configuring and starting DECwindows are
  included in the OpenVMS FAQ, as are details on configuring and setting
  up an alternate (serial) console.  Please start with those materials.
  The PBXGA-AA is the ZLXp-E1 (TGA) series graphics controller, and that
  controller requires the Open3D package be installed and configured for
  the included device driver.  Use of a PBXGB-AA, or (better) a more
  recent graphics controller would be recommended.

answer written or last revised on ( 9-SEP-2004 )

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