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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | VAX Systems Forums | Emulated VAX Forum
Author Vaxstation 4000/90 to Simh
Analyzer
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Joined: 25.11.14
Posted on November 25 2014 19:16
Hello,
I am new with VMS-systems. My case is, that I want to boot excisting VAX/VMS system in Simh. I have managed to install Simh to my Linux-laptop. I made dd-image from VAX systemdrive. When I check that file in Linux, it tells that image is file-11 ODS2 Systemdisk. I pointed vax.ini cd-rom image to that file. When I am trying to boot, I am getting error:"%BOOT-F-Unknown processor". What am I missing? Processor rom is KA655a.bin
Processor in that VAX hardware is KA49
Thanks! :-)
Author RE: Vaxstation 4000/90 to Simh
Bruce Claremont
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Joined: 07.01.10
Posted on November 26 2014 03:10
Post your SimH configuration file.
Author RE: Vaxstation 4000/90 to Simh
Analyzer
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Posts: 5
Joined: 25.11.14
Posted on November 26 2014 05:42
Well... My ini is quite basic... Dont know if I need to do VS4000 specific adjustments...
Here it comes :-)

;
; Load CPU microcode
load -r /usr/local/vax/data/ka655x.bin
;
; Attach non-volatile RAM to a file
attach nvr /usr/local/vax/data/nvram.bin
;
; This virtual machine has 64M memory
set cpu 64m
;
; Define disk drive types. RA92 is largest-supported VAX drive.
set rq0 ra92
set rq1 ra92
set rq2 ra92
set rq3 cdrom
;
; Attach defined drives to local files
attach rq0 /usr/local/vax/data/d0.dsk
attach rq1 /usr/local/vax/data/sdd.img
attach rq2 /usr/local/vax/data/d2.dsk
;
; Attach the CD-ROM to its file (read-only)
attach -r rq3 /usr/local/vax/data/sdd0.img
;
; Disable unused devices. It's also possible to disable individual devices,
; using a construction like "set rq2 disable" if desired.
;
set rl disable
set ts disable
;
; Attach Ethernet to a network interface
set xq mac=08-00-2B-AA-BB-CC
attach xq eth0
;
; Now start the emulator
boot cpu
Edited by Analyzer on November 26 2014 05:43
Author RE: Vaxstation 4000/90 to Simh
Bruce Claremont
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Posts: 508
Joined: 07.01.10
Posted on November 27 2014 04:42
It is possible the boot block on the VMS system disk did not survive the transfer. Do a search on rebuilding the VMS boot block.

Do your disk sizes really match an RA92? If not, use the SET RQ0 RAUSER= to specific the actual disk size.
Author RE: Vaxstation 4000/90 to Simh
Analyzer
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Posts: 5
Joined: 25.11.14
Posted on November 27 2014 06:38
Thanks!! Now it booted and I am facing a lots of VMS parameters that does not yet work on my simulation :-D There has been a load of peripherals that are not now attached and are now causing erros.
Author RE: Vaxstation 4000/90 to Simh
Bruce Claremont
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Posts: 508
Joined: 07.01.10
Posted on November 28 2014 04:08
Very good. Once you have cleaned up the boot procedures, run AUTOGEN to help configure VMS to the new "hardware".

$ @SYS$UPDATE:AUTOGEN GETDATA GENPARAMS
# @SYS$UPDATE: AUTOGEN SETPARAMS REBOOT
Author RE: Vaxstation 4000/90 to Simh
Analyzer
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Joined: 25.11.14
Posted on December 14 2014 22:40
Well... Everything has went fine but now, even DECNet is up and working...

Image is from Vaxstation and now seems that licensing is not working. I changed that offset-bit that modifies cpu from Vaxserver to Microvax, but that is not enough, I am afraid. Ex. sethost from linux is not working.

When I try to login VMS, it tells that there are no free licenses. And I know there are required licenses.

When booting VMS, there is line that tells VAX VMS is not allowed in this node...

What shoud I do now?
Author RE: Vaxstation 4000/90 to Simh
Bruce Claremont
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Posted on December 15 2014 04:50
Sign up for the VMS Hobbyist program and get a set of licenses.
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