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Old 09-03-2007, 09:16 PM   #1
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How to add a terminal on Slackware 10: Hardware requirements.


Hi there, I don't seem to see any article anywhere that mentions about the hardware requirement when you add another terminal to your Linux workstation.

For a workstation, of course you'llneed a fully functiona pc, right...
How about the next terminal?
I know I'll need a serial cable to connect the workstation and the new terminal but just what does the "new terminal" consist of?

I'm not sure if I'm doing it right, but I have another pc at home, and it's old. I mean really old. It's an 80286 w/ 64KB RAM and it's running, except that it doesn't have a harddisk.

What I wanted to do is to connect it to my Linux box. Is the hardware I mentioned enough for this or do I have to add a hard disk drive?

Finnally, how do I start the new terminal?

Thanks very much!
 
Old 09-03-2007, 10:01 PM   #2
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Google for keywords like linux serial console howto.

There are no additional hardware requirements except for a serial port.

Using a PC as a terminal would still require some kind of operating system like DOS (linux can only run on a 80386 or better CPU), a communications program, a monitor and of course a functioning serial port. kermit and procomm were two of my favorites communication programs. Its been awhile but I believe that one or both could run from a floppy drive. However, you did not mention anything about a functioning floppy drive i.e. 360K or 720K etc. BTW you need a null modem serial cable to connect two PCs together.

It will be a good project to learn about computer basics as well as a history lesson.
 
Old 09-05-2007, 10:35 PM   #3
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Hahaha, you're right.. It's really good to study computer history considering that the computer I'm trying to work on is a primitive one.

Anyway, it does have a floppy drive, though I don't know if it's working. The problem is that the drives are 5 1/4 inch disks and to make things worse, it's not using IDE cables. That means I just can't pull them out and replace them with floppy drives that uses IDE.

I don't know if there's a work around here...
 
Old 09-09-2007, 01:30 AM   #4
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what is the scenario if the computer is a PI 233 MHz 128 MB Ram and linux can be loaded on it but it works slowly.

I wish to connect it to an AMD machine (new) already running debian etch. I wish to connect it through terminal.
 
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BTW floppy drives do not use IDE interface but anyway more then likely this PC does not support 1.44MB so replacing it isn't an option if the current 5 1/4 does not work. So getting this PC to work without software already in hand is going to be a real challange if not impossible.

sunils1973, A lightweight windows manager like fluxbox and slackware would run ok on a computer with this hardware.
 
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sunils1973, A lightweight windows manager like fluxbox and slackware would run ok on a computer with this hardware.
Thank you very mucgh. I shall try for slackware.
 
Old 09-16-2007, 09:33 AM   #7
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Hehehe, yeah I forgot, that's not IDE... Hehehe.
Anyway, it really seems impossible though...Too bad for me.

Ok, how about the boot loader?
I mean, I have a very slow machine which runs slackware. The thing is I want to a have an option during boot time whether to boot normally OR connect to an Xserver via serial.

How do I do that?

Thanks guys.
 
  


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