[rescue] System/36 IPL Signon

r.stricklin bear at typewritten.org
Sat May 19 23:12:55 CDT 2007

On May 19, 2007, at 8:36 PM, Charles Shannon Hendrix wrote:

>> As it turns out, the keyboard mapping for the PC console with the AT
>> 84-key keyboard is, er, non-obvious. The magic I was missing was that
>> the submit form key is "caps lock". I actually have the system IPLed
>> right now, and have been logged in and poking around. Looks like my
>> machine has 1 MB storage and 2x 40 MB fixed disks. Not too shabby.
> You know what... I might have access to the keyboard you need.

Because the 5364 S/36 PC requires an IBM PC (5150, 5160, 5170, etc)  
as a host (console and emulated front panel), I'm limited to regular  
PC keyboards for this particular function, unfortunately.

Fortunately, however, I managed to figure out that with this  
particular keyboard, the Cmd keys are accessed by pressing F2, and  
then a number key corresponding to the correct Cmd key number (for  
Cmd3, press F2, then the number "3"). Cmd keys higher than 9 or 10  
are accessed with F2 and a shifted number key. I didn't do any more  
experimentation than to discover that Cmd15 wasn't F2 plus Shift-5,  
but rather F2 plus Shift-3.

It only took me three hours to guess that trick, by the way. OY.

> I thought it was a Model M, but it might be the keyboard you need  
> for this machine.  It had a Model M style layout, but had extra  
> keys like submit and some others that appeared mainframe oriented.
> I was in a hurry and didn't get a model number or connector type.
> If you want, I'll be in there again probably this coming week, and  
> could look.

If you wouldn't mind, I could possibly be interested even if it's not  
useful for this particular project. Let me know what the model number  
and connector style are; that'll help me figure out whether I can use  


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