PDP-8 Web Interface Help
This help page covers the web interface to control the operation of the
PDP-8. Help is also available on Manual operation,
After clicking on link to start the PDP-8 web interface you should see
the main control window as shown below. You may click on the pictures below
for help on the selected item.
If images don't display
- The File menu has two items, login and use proxy.
- The login sub menu allows you to access
a private file space for saving your work. If you don't use this menu to
login you can use all functions except saving disk images for use in a
later session. It also allows creation of a new account for your use.
Please enter a valid email address, I will delete bogus accounts. I
will not give out your email address without your permission. I may
contact you to ask if you had any problems
- The use proxy item allows you to force communications to be via
http. Normally the program will automatically select the best method so should not be
changed. If you get communication errors try selecting this option.
- The Devices menu controls display of the PDP-8 web interface
for the various devices available. You may display any set of them. If you
turn one back off it will hide the display so it can be redisplayed later.
- The PDP8E item
displays a simulation of the PDP-8E front panel. This allows you to
power on the equipment and to control the processor.
- The Console items display terminal emulator windows connected to
the PDP-8 console serial ports. This is where you enter commands and see
results. Console 0 is the main console, console 1 is used with the
ETOS operating system.
- The Shortcuts menu allows easy operation of the PDP-8 without having
to learn the details of operating the machine.
- The run program dialog
gives a list of games, languages, operating systems and other programs
available to run. When you select one the PDP-8 will automatically go
though all the steps necessary to start the selected program running.
- The Help menu gives help on operation of the PDP-8 and the software
running on it.
- The General item gives this help document.
- The Current program item gives help on the program you are running
if started from the shortcuts menu. If help is not available this menu item
will be grayed out. Not all programs currently have help available.
The image chooser dialog
is started by clicking on the button for the device you wish to access.
It selects what image to copy onto or save from the mass storage devices
This is equivalent to putting a new disk into the drive which is how you
would do it if operating the PDP-8 directly.
If you use the popup action on the button (right mouse button under
Microsoft windows) you will get the device popup menu to perform operations
on that device.
- The device popup menu allows you to perform operations on the
- The boot item runs the standard bootstrap for the device. This
is what you would do to start an operating system running. If you have not
loaded an image on the device it will run whatever the previous user left
on that device.
- The show boot item performs the same operation as the boot item
except that the steps required to perform the bootstrap are show on the
PDP8E front panel. At the bottom of the front panel a
description of the operation being performed will be shown.
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with any questions, comments on the web site, or if you have related equipment,
documentation, software etc. you are willing to part with. I am
interested in anything PDP-8
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