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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | VAX Systems Forums | VAX Hardware Forum
Author Vax 4000 mouse for mt Dad
Mjdags
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Posted on December 04 2015 08:31
Hello,

My Dad has a VAX 4000 and is trying to find a mouse for it. I would like to find a solutions for him, but my limited knowledge of the system is making it difficult to find the answer I am looking for. So I have seen the mouse port on his Vax station and it looks similar to a RJ11 type jack. Is there a way to get a jack and rewire an old PS/2 mouse? Are there any adapters that would work to get a PS/2 or a din mouse to operate on the system? Does anyone out there have an idea of where to go next? Or maybe some basic knowledge of the what connectors I should be looking for? Any info would be appreciated.
Thanks,

Mike
Author RE: Vax 4000 mouse for mt Dad
malmberg
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Posted on December 06 2015 04:42
I have seen this question before and the only answer that I have seen is to look for used mice on the market.

One of the BSDs distributions have published some hardware interface specifications for various VAX interfaces. I do not remember if that includes the mice.

The keyboard jack for the older VAXStation 4000s was a RJ11. I do not remember any RJ-11 mice. I seem to remember that the mouse was a round plug, and the same mouse was used on the VT 3xx series.
Author RE: Vax 4000 mouse for mt Dad
petet0n76
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Posted on July 06 2016 19:15
Hi Mike,

please explain what model of Vax 4000 you are talking about. The vaxstation 4000 series uses round plug serial mouse connector. If your system does not have that you probably have a Vax 4000 105 or 200 which does not have graphics hardware and therefore does not even need a serial mouse. Please check my post from July 2014, regarding this topic for a VS4000 60. You may have a chance to buy a VSXXX serial mouse on eBay, from my experience do not expect a bargain. A ball mouse is much more durable than a hawley mouse (the one with the two axial aligned rubber Pads). The rubber wears out over time a simply breaks. I have never heard that non-Dec serial mice were successfully attached by a soldering solution.

Good luck, Peter
Edited by petet0n76 on July 06 2016 19:17
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malmberg
August 04 2022
No more VAX hobbyist licenses. Community licenses for Alpha/IA64/X86_64 VMS Software Inc. Commercial VMS software licenses for VAX available from HPE.

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No more hobbyist license...sad

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MarkRLV
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At one time, didn't this web site have a job board? I would love to use my legacy skills one last time in my career.

malmberg
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malmberg
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malmberg
August 29 2020
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