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HP-71B & PILBox & Remote Terminal
06-25-2019, 07:03 AM
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HP-71B & PILBox & Remote Terminal
I have recently built JF’s excellent PILBox, and managed to connect my HP-71B to my Mac using it.

I’ve started looking into the HP-IL commands, but was wondering if the following is even possible:

I would like to use a terminal emulator (called Serial) on my Mac to both send keystrokes and receive screen output to/from the HP-71B.

I’ve tried connecting the Serial App to the USB device provided by the PILBox, and although some strange letters appear on the Serial window, the HP-71B soon complains that the “Loop is broken”.

Using the PRINTER IS command on the HP-71B, I was able to mirror the output of the 71B on the ILPER application (running in VMWare), but I’m really after two-way communication to a standard terminal.

Any pointers, settings, commands or dissuasion gratefully received!
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06-25-2019, 08:17 AM
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RE: HP-71B & PILBox & Remote Terminal
(06-25-2019 07:03 AM)Nick Taylor Wrote:  I would like to use a terminal emulator (called Serial) on my Mac to both send keystrokes and receive screen output to/from the HP-71B.

hi,

check the following forum article for info on pyILPER
https://www.hpmuseum.org/forum/thread-13138.html

This will work natively on your mac and should allow you to do what you want.

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06-29-2019, 06:05 PM
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RE: HP-71B & PILBox & Remote Terminal
(06-25-2019 07:03 AM)Nick Taylor Wrote:  I have recently built JF’s excellent PILBox, and managed to connect my HP-71B to my Mac using it.

I would like to use a terminal emulator (called Serial) on my Mac to both send keystrokes and receive screen output to/from the HP-71B.

Hello,

I use a MAC too and connect the HP71b with the great PILBox und pyIlper program. Easy installation with Miniconda and no use of VMWare.

The easiest way to connect the HP71B with a computer is through the PIL-Box and in the case of Max OSX or LINUX do it with pyILPER. I used MINICONDA to install the python programm – download via their website http://conda.pydata.org/docs/inst all/quick.html. The python installation is straight forward and easy.
Download pyILPER https://github.com/bug400/pyILPER and go through the instal- lation instructions on https://github.com/bug400/pyilper/blob/master/INSTALL. md.
Don’t forget to run the update sequence in the terminal window: conda update --all

For comfortable editing in the terminal window of pyILPER on the PC instead fiddling around on the small keyboard of the calculator you can use the prog: PILTERM2 (PILTERM) and KEYBOARD (Lex-File).

regards Erwin
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07-05-2019, 11:11 PM
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RE: HP-71B & PILBox & Remote Terminal
(06-25-2019 07:03 AM)Nick Taylor Wrote:  Using the PRINTER IS command on the HP-71B, I was able to mirror the output of the 71B on the ILPER application (running in VMWare), but I’m really after two-way communication to a standard terminal.

Actually a better alternative is the DISPLAY IS command so that anything you type on the keyboard shows up on the pyILPER terminal window.

Moreover, if you load the KEYBOARD LEX-file you will also be able to use the KEYBOARD IS command so that text typed on the Mac keyboard shows up on the 71B input buffer as if it were typed on the 71B keyboard.

KEYBOARD is available online on the SWAP/lexfl1 LIF Disk image. If you have a PIL-Box, you can download the disk image and copy KEYBOARD directly to your HP-71. A different version of the lexfile on the same disk is called KEYBRD. Try both. **

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** text was copied from http://holyjoe.net/HP71/TitanFileCompleteCollection.pdf
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07-05-2019, 11:39 PM
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RE: HP-71B & PILBox & Remote Terminal
(07-05-2019 11:11 PM)vassilisprevelakis Wrote:  KEYBOARD is available online on the SWAP/lexfl1 LIF Disk image. If you have a PIL-Box, you can download the disk image and copy KEYBOARD directly to your HP-71. A different version of the lexfile on the same disk is called KEYBRD. Try both. **

That's version B of the KEYBOARD LEX file. Older versions of PILTERM required version C which is on PILIMAGE.DAT. This can be copied to the workdir using the Utilities menu. See the Help Manual.
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07-06-2019, 03:07 PM
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RE: HP-71B & PILBox & Remote Terminal
Can someone point me the article/site where you got the information and schematics to build the PILBox please?

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07-06-2019, 04:10 PM
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RE: HP-71B & PILBox & Remote Terminal
This is probably what you're looking for:

http://www.jeffcalc.hp41.eu/hpil/#pilbox
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07-06-2019, 05:52 PM
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RE: HP-71B & PILBox & Remote Terminal
Note that the PILBox Kit and the preassembled PILBox contain everything you need except for an HP-IL cable. If you choose to "roll your own", you'll still need a pre-programmed chip from J-F.
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