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“Yeah, updates would be nice. Sure-sure.” lulz.

What I can do is make this a running journal of fixing the impossible on whatever subject.

Update the First is how to rock your way through the stone age with an Avaya Merlin Magix PBX. “Call us and we’ll set it up remotely” they say. Should have been obvious (how does one remote into a PBX not yet provisioned?).

For a cold dead system, you’re going to have to go with the admin port on the processor card. Allegedly it might be possible to troll the menus with an L-variant phone (eg 4424LD+, provided you ordered one, didn’t you?) I have my doubts as iirc that needs to hang off a line card like a 412TDL instead, which, surprise, is not yet provisioned.

You could grab WinSPM and modem your way into it as an ‘internal’ type connection, but that needs to hang off the top four port block on the 412TDL I think. Allegedly there’s a variant setup that involves the bottom port of an 016TDR card, but caveats likely involve the prior circular paradox.

So that brings us back to the admin port (bottom one btw, the other one is SMDR, for accounting I guess) and WinSPM. Since we’re rockin’ old school, you need a serial port. What’s that you say? Also WinSPM is NOT Vista (7?) compatible. More on that later.

Bestbuy normally does NOT stock anything todo with serial ports. OfficeDepot/Max is a better option since they deal with old business stuff, also Radio Shack does too. So for starters, you need a USB<>Serial port cable thingy. Unless you buy something exotic off the intertubes, you’re going to end up with a USB<>DB9M cable. If your Magix vendor is generous, you might get a 355AF adapter, which is a DB25F port on one end and an un-keyed RJ45 female socket on the other end, with a bunch of capacitors inside. This means you’ve got to find a DB9F<>DB25M adaptor that is NOT a null-modem cable. Good luck on that when you’re in a panic.

So what I ended up doing is getting a Belkin F5U409 USB<>Serial adaptor. DON’T install the drivers off the disk. It’s as useless as an old AOL coaster. DO go to www.belkin.com and download the appropriate drivers there. Yeah it says it’s not 64bit compatible, that’s a moot point at this point in the game. Install the drivers, rebooting if prompted. Then plug in the adaptor and it will go on it’s way merrily.

Next, you’ll need to throttle down the settings to seriously old-school levels. With the adaptor plugged in, go to Device manager, and find the adapter under ‘Ports’. Switch to the ‘Port Settings’ tab and knock back the bps to 2400, no FC (needs beat box jams…). Check the COM port on the ‘Advanced…’ panel, WinSPM only supports COM ports 1-8, I had it default to 10 on Vista/32.

The funnsie part now is you’re probably better off making a custom cable to interface with. After much skull bashing, I finally came up with the google term “magix db9 rj45 pinout”, props to _vz_ for the cleanest explanation of the pinouts. Critical table copied below:

D / R / Cat5 color

1    2    Orange
2    5    Blue/White
3    6    Green
4    3    Green/White
5    4    Blue
6    7    Brown/White
7    8    Brown
8    x
9    1    Orange/White

If you don’t have access to hobbiest crimp-kit for a DB9F jack, get a cheap-as-possible cable that has that plug and perform the following surgery:

  1. Cut the cable as reasonably close to the jack as possible. You only need the jack.
  2. Strip back any cable shrouds, depending on whether it’s a clamshell (over) or molded (under) design you may have to do some heavier cutting/nibbling/unscrewing/clamp-popping.
  3. With a pair of pliers, yank out the wires into the pin-ports. The one I scavenged used stranded wire, solid-core would have been easier.
  4. Use a 1.5mm allen key and a hammer to tap out the sockets backwards (eg up the ‘cable’, not ‘out the end’). The sockets may be (typical?) dual blade on the mating end and crimp on the cable end.
  5. Ream/uncrimp as much as practical the crimped end to fit in stripped solid-core CAT5 wires. A thumb tack push pin may help here.
  6. Get as much of the wire into the crimp as practical and re-crimp.
  7. Reseat the socket in the appropriate port as indicated above, insulating as needed depending on your exposed wire length.

Now plug in the RJ45 (unkeyed!) end into the bottom of the two ports on the Magix processor card, and the DB9 end into your Belkin adaptor, then follow the WinSPM install instructions. On Vista 32bit, WinSPM will install normally, but it will crash when you start it. However, it will play nicely provided you set the exe to XPSP2 compatibility mode and (optionally?) have it run as Administrator.