[Techtalk] connecting a dumb terminal

Phil Savoie p_savoie at sympatico.ca
Tue Aug 6 22:04:22 EST 2002

Oops!  Sorry.  I was too quick with the send key.  I think I forgot to send 
the link.  Here it is,


On Tuesday 06 August 2002 21:29, Katie Bechtold wrote:
> Hi!  I just picked up a portable dumb terminal, brand Informer and
> model 207, that I'd like to connect to my RedHat 7.2 box.  I
> connected it to COM2 (ttyS1) with a crossover cable.  I added the
> following line to my /etc/inittab:
> t1:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -L 1200 ttyS1 vt100
> and did a "telinit q" to tell init to re-examine the /etc/inittab
> file.  But the wrong characters (or no characters) appear on the
> terminal when I type on the terminal's keyboard or do a "echo test >
> /dev/ttyS1" on my PC.  No login prompt appears at any time on the
> terminal.  To be specific, sometimes a "}" character appears when I
> press enter on the terminal's keyboard; sometimes nothing appears.
> When I do "echo test > /dev/ttyS1", sometimes "x~x`" appears;
> sometimes nothing appears.  Does anyone have troubleshooting advice?
> I was told that this is a VT100 terminal.  However, a message I read
> at
> http://www.classiccmp.org/mail-archive/classiccmp/2000-03/0159.html
> has planted a kernel of doubt in my mind, so I tried specifying
> other terminal types, including ibm327x, with the same results as
> with vt100.

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