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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Hobbyists and OpenVMS | Introduction Forum
Author Greetings from a new VAX owner...

Posts: 9
Joined: 19.11.12
Posted on November 19 2012 20:33
Hi! I go by commodorejohn most everywhere on the 'net, and I've been a retrocomputing enthusiast for a long time. I just came into possession of a VAXStation 4000/60 with either 32MB or 104MB of RAM (it's still en route, so I'm not sure which yet.) No hard drive, but I have a spare 1GB SCSI drive that (I gather) should work for the purpose.

I've registered here partly for general assistance, as I have no working familiarity with the VAX at this point (my only experience with DEC systems thus far has been my PDP-11, which I've owned since early this summer,) but also because I'm trying to figure out the steps involved in getting a VMS hobbyist license, and I'm hoping people who know their way around the process can help me out.

I've found the OpenVMS.org registration page and submitted it, and it seemed fairly straightforward, though I had to figure out to register with DECUServe first. Is that all I need to do? I've read that install media can be purchased, but is there a download option so I can simply burn a CD? Will the VAXStation boot the CD automatically, or am I going to need to fake a tape drive over the serial port as I've seen some PDP-11 users do?
Author RE: Greetings from a new VAX owner...

Posts: 29
Location: Cincinnati, OH, USA
Joined: 15.12.05
Posted on November 19 2012 21:38
When you get your OpenVMS PAKs from HP you will get instructions on requesting access to a FTP site where you can download images of the V7.3 VAX CD with the OS and some standard layered products.

Once you have the ISO files you can then write them to a CD

John H. Reinhardt
vaxman75 johnhreinhardt
Author RE: Greetings from a new VAX owner...

Posts: 9
Joined: 19.11.12
Posted on November 19 2012 21:39
Okay, thanks smiley
Author RE: Greetings from a new VAX owner...

Posts: 9
Joined: 19.11.12
Posted on November 20 2012 13:59
Is an LK201 keyboard compatible with this model of VAXStation? I believe the LK401 was standard, but they both have the same connector, at least...
Author RE: Greetings from a new VAX owner...

Posts: 458
Joined: 15.04.08
Posted on November 21 2012 15:08
The LK2XX keyboards have the telco handset type connector and are compatible with that VAXstation series.

Some VAXstations need a special cable to to connect them to the keyboard/mouse/video.

The early LK4xx keyboards take a PS/2 connector and the later ones are USB.

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