Posted on 2003-03-29
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I am getting A600 5001 & 5007 which subjest to me that I am using an old Async cable for console connection. I am installing V5R2 with Iseries Access for windows (ops console) my cable part number is 44H7504 will this cable not work ?? what cable do I need?
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ID: 8241965
Old consoles that were async were typically RS-232, 25 pin, male + female. Some mfr's did double male ends. If the cable fits the components, the odds are it'll either work as-is, or, if you get a crossover, then that'd wrap it up swell.

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I am pretty sure that this cable has done the job in the past. I am wondering whether it may be because of the verion I am trying to use.(CA Express & Iseries access) on V4 and v5r2 (Os400) maybe I should try Client V3R2 on OS400 V4 (I dont have a copy of this client but will try and get copies of all versions) what do you think ?
The SRCs mentioned A600 5001 appears when I have the cable plugged into (Looking from the back) the left port. I think that I have read somewhere that it should be the right port(Looks like small scusi)

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SunBow earned 150 total points
ID: 8249261
Sorry, your explanations remain foreign language to me. Like techno-babble. I can only read the OpCon+cable part of it. History of OpCon, Operations console, is dumb terminal connected serially. The 'official' means of spelling serial is RS232-C, which is rarely followed. It involves 25 pinout definitions, but people prefer doing serial more cheaply, with 15 or nine din, and I've seen 5 and even two wire systems. Cheats. And now computers have their terminal emulators. One tradition of OpCon was reference to permissions to allow (operator) entry of specific commands. At least one had attached paper tape punch for the sneakernet of moving the commands, or data, to the computer system.

> will this cable not work ?

Simple Ans: Try it. You should find answer that it works or it does not.

If you have tried and seem to fail, but you think it's possible configuration:

1) possibly pins 2&3 (etc) reversed, DTE vs DCE, so an insertion of the little pin flipper will do

2) if less than 25 leads, the capability for hardware handshaking can lost. Resolution is to configure emulation software to perform software handshaking, such as <cntl>S (stop/pause the character stream).

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ID: 8256654
I am sorry for the babble.
(CA(Client access) express & iseries access) are client software provideing 5250 dumb terminal emulation + Operations navigator/file transfer etc etc etc.
I believ that this cable(scusi to 9 pin) has worked on previous (Now pretty old) versions of Client software and old versions of AS400 O/S If that does not work then I will go for the tried and tested Dumb terminal(Twinaxe) I have accepted your answer, thanks very much for your time Unfortunately I do not have to much time before I have to get things fixed.
Thanks again
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Thanx.                                                           -[Good Fortune]-


(I dunno AS400, but for console, I don't understand why either side would be scsi, which would pool similar devices, not just opcon. Maybe 9-to-25 pin serial available at Radio Shack. Maybe the other TA knows some. I did take it that CA was not Computer Associates, but that said little.) Twinaxe? I used to cut cable and screw connections for our (former) 327x's. Now that's all ethernet and PC emulation. 5250? Oh, <sigh> maybe it is more than one, I didn't know anyone used that anymore. Our last one pulled a dozen years ago after being idle a few years. We had them for data entry pool. I don't recall the cable. Try other TA.)

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