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Modernized $CRT/$ Terminal Anonymous 12/01/2017 (Fri) 11:15:36 [Preview] No. 11825
Has anyone here used a monochrome phosphor CRT with a modern machine? Say, a monitor with a 9-pin serial/re9/rs232 cable with a more modern PC. Also, this will just be a terminal screen. Possibly with w3m images. Here are some options I've thought up. I haven't picked out a monitor yet.

VGA/serial adaptor
These adapters are common. Don't know if they would work.
CGA video card output or other period correct, oem matched card
Don't know how the fuck I would use this on a modern board.
Some other 9 pin display video output
''Maybe there is an old PC with Core Duo or Pentium with serial display? I was born in '96, so I'm not too savvy on 20 year old graphics hardware'

I know that the green Macintosh CRT's are pretty cheap and use a 9-pin, but the pin out is proprietary. Chime in if you have experience with these things! Am I over thinking this?

Anonymous 12/01/2017 (Fri) 11:43:37 [Preview] No.11826 del
why the fuck would you want to use a CRT

Anonymous 12/01/2017 (Fri) 12:01:24 [Preview] No.11827 del
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Because it looks fucking cool. Also it keeps functioning hardware in use. Would be a fun project too.

Anonymous 12/01/2017 (Fri) 14:29:11 [Preview] No.11828 del
They tend to have smoother/cleaner looking images projected onto the screen due to the fact that they use an electron gun to illuminate a phosphorous coating towards the front of the tube instead of electronic pixels which can be clearly distinguished if one places their face closely to the screen. Of course, cathode ray tubes would not be ideal in other applications due to their high rate of energy consumption and radiation output.

I personally like them, you can fix it yourself with some electronic engineering knowledge and the proper tools, and they are interesting to use.

Anonymous 12/01/2017 (Fri) 15:28:56 [Preview] No.11829 del
You could always use an old machine as a serial terminal to a Linux box. Serial-to-USB adapters also exist, which would make it a bit more accessible hardware-wise. You would lose the benefits of UTF-8 but probably far easier than nigger rigging a pre-vga monitor to a modern machine. You could even set up your own dial-up interface if you are brave.

Personally I have an old Pentium 1 era machine with an old CRT (has ISA slots so I could feasibly do monochrome/cga if I had the card + monitor) running FreeDOS for something like that. It uses 10base ethernet and Telnet to a 15+ year old headless Linux box though because I am lazy and have the hardware laying around. I mostly use it for writing since I really like the capacitive switch AT keyboard I have for it. A friend of mine does the same with a 486 and a raspi.

Anonymous 12/01/2017 (Fri) 17:56:58 [Preview] No.11830 del
I'm really liking the DEC terminals. The VT520 is still being made by Boundless. Think I'll just drop a little extra money for the 520. I have an Rpi2b. FreeBSD works with all the hardware before rpi3. I'm running OpenBSD (I know, de raadt is giant dickhead) on a librebooted x60, so this terminal is mainly for kicks. Plus I don't think I've actually seen mono in person. I remember seeing color terminals in the library as a little kid, but never mono.

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