Got IBM 5251 display terminal

Hi guys got this nice ibm 5251 terminal, including the keyboard.
See some videos on youtube that says that this keyboard is the best ever so i'm thinking on purchasing the xwhatsis adapter on ebay.
This really deserve the trouble ?

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Yes absolutely worth it or if your not feeling it I would gladly take it if your hands. I’ve been looking for one for a while but they are thin on the ground.


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Wow, excellent find. Make sure to get the xwhatsit with the solenoid driver.
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You should test the terminal functionality before you butcher it. A full working 5251 terminal goes for four figures.
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soviet9922 wrote:This really deserve the trouble ?

YES !

Thanks for sharing.
soviet9922 wrote:See some videos on youtube that says that this keyboard is the best ever so i'm thinking on purchasing the xwhatsis adapter on ebay.

That's relative, I'd spend some time here instead of retardotube and find out.
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Wow, what a great find! Best of luck - I hope that you do restore it! :-)
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Nice! Looks to be in good shape too - doesn't look all rusted up like a lot of these boards seem to be!
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Interesting terminal, one of the first I used. I don't recall too much about the keyboard after all this time other than its "clunker", I mostly remember the terminal for its weight: two of us could barely move the thing!
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soviet9922 wrote:See some videos on youtube that says that this keyboard is the best ever so i'm thinking on purchasing the xwhatsis adapter on ebay.
This really deserve the trouble ?

Well, you have the luck to have one on hand so... You can try it and decide if it's worth it.
(The conversion is very easy.)

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The switches seem to be clean at least they don't feel scratchy, the terminal weith a ton hauling it to my hause was a pain.
Tried to reanimate the terminal but seem to be death maybe i will repurpuse it as some kind of fallout temed terminal :P, im currently testing to hook the monitor inside the terminal to a vga video card using an adapter i build.

Already ordered the xwhatis adapter going to try this beast.
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I'm not totally sure how useful it would be as a terminal: it's one of those IBM twinax things, isn't it? I don't even recall exactly what ours was connected to, maybe an IBM System/38 or something like that. I vaguely recall something that looked like a chest freezer which was probably the beast in question. And yeah, don't try to pick it up by yourself, you probably won't be doing it a second time. :lol:

I always thought the ADM3a terminals we used at college seemed the closest to the Fallout world, especially with those classic DEC systems at the other end.
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