[rescue] VAXstation 3100

Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at gmail.com
Mon Apr 27 09:49:47 CDT 2009

alex at lava-net.com wrote:
> Hi,
> So last weekend was my last trip to the MIT Swapfest for the forseeable 
> future, and while I didn't grab the small rackmount PC server I was 
> looking for, I did score a VAXstation 3100.  I haven't had much time to 
> look into it much, but I did pull the cover off and it does have disks 
> at least.  My issue is, I have no mmj cable/adapter to get a serial 
> console up on it.  Some searching finds mainly MMJ-DB9 adapters, and a 
> few (somewhat pricy) MMJ patch cables.  I also found some who say that 
> you can take a normal phone cable with rj11 ends and file off the clip 
> to get it to fit into the jack.  What have peoples' experiences been 
> with this.  Should I do the telephone cable trick, or shell out the $$ 
> for a real mmj cable? Does anyone have MMJ patch cables or MMJ-DB9 

MMJ crimp connectors are still available.  I usually pay about $0.19 apiece.

Anyway, you don't need to file down the clip.  Just breaking it off with 
your fingers will suffice.

Peace...  Sridhar

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