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[plaz] Criggie: Terminals arrived... just played with one of the thinstars, and it's the most 31337 thing since sliced hax0r.
This file is to explain the method I used to get a NCD Thinstar 300 working.
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Thinstar 200 HOWTO
Logging in to a Win 2000 Terminal Server via
Rear of unit
Insides of unit
You need the following items:
- NCD Xterminal.
- Either a Unix server running
- DHCP server (optional)
- XDM server (optional)
- X client software you want to run.
- OR a Windows Terminal Server
- OR a Citrix Server
The unit needs to know what sort of monitor you have plugged in, and
what capabilities the Xserver should use. To do this, boot the Thinstar and
press F2 after it has finished booting.
Here's a list of random stuff:
- Press F2 to bring up the setup window.
- Applications like xearth and electricsheep can use over two megabytes of X's
memory, whereas intensive applications like Openoffice and Opera and
Konqueror only use a couple hundred kilobytes.
- More ram can be added by inserting 168 pin SDRAM dimms.
All the thinstars had one 16 Mb dimm, and can take up to two dimms. Various sources give the maximum as 32 Mb, 64 Mb, and 256 Mb.
This memory is not the same as application memory, which is in the remote
server. Rather this memory lets you run graphics-intensive applications,
and possibly several connections to different machines.
- On the rear there is a parallel port, and the box runs a LPD. This
could mean that you can plug in any old parallel only printer, and print to
it over your lan (like a jetdirect.)
- Here's a portscan of my Thinstar
socks:~# nmap -O librarytsac
Starting nmap V. 3.10ALPHA4 ( www.insecure.org/nmap/ )
Interesting ports on librarytsac.avonside.school.nz (192.168.12.4):
(The 1600 ports scanned but not shown below are in state: closed)
Port State Service
80/tcp open http
139/tcp open netbios-ssn
515/tcp open printer
5998/tcp open ncd-diag
5999/tcp open ncd-conf
Remote operating system guess: Windows NT4 or 95/98/98SE
Nmap run completed -- 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 2.771 seconds
- Audio is supported by the Thinstar series.
There is a built-in microphone socket and a speaker, but its crap - about the quality of a large
modem speaker. If you want to use audio - get some external speakers.
- Shift-F5 Setting Thinstar back to default - Hold
shift-F5 while the blue bar is on the screen which will throw you
into admin mode and then type fd. Reboot and you are able to enter
setup with F2. A full list of command is http://www.bytebrothers.net/ThinSTAR.htm or my local copy
- Shift-F11 Forces recovery of FLASH memory - requires network connection and a NCD manager server on the network.
- F5 Safe mode - press F5 on the blue boot bar to use VGA standard mode.
- No ethernet attached You can boot with no ethernet network cable attached. This will show the configuration screen.
- F2 Setup - Press F2 at the Connections window, or
leave the network cable unplugged while booting.
- Control-Alt-End gets you back to the
connection manager to start another one.
should move from one session to the next.
Glen Cogle, Bankprint
Sam "Plaz" Cannell, for the quote
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