I am trying to setup the rtvax1000. As I understand it, this ran a special OS called "vaxeln". There's only one place I've found that someone was running it, and this was after extensive searching. This person was booting off a "vdisk" that I don't have and can't find. Since this simulation (ka620) is similar to a microvax2, I'm patterning my .ini file on that, below.
; Configuration for rtvax1000 (KA620) VAXeln
; Set CPU mem size (16m) is default
set cpu 16m
; Return cpu cycles to host cpu when idle
set cpu idle
; Back to console on halt
set cpu conhalt
; Load boot firmware from the source directory
load -r /opt/simh/VAX/ka620.bin
; Non-volatile Memory saved to a file
att nvr nvr.bin
; Keep a console log, at least during install
set console log=install_rtvax1000.log
; Set up first disk
set rq0 ena
set rq0 rd54
att rq0 disk0.rd54
; This is a simple simulation, so disable the other disks.
; These could be configured and attached later, if needed.
set rq1 dis
set rq2 dis
set rq3 dis
; DZ lines allow connecting via telnet to a tcp port
; at the ip/port listed. If listening on the internet,
; anyone can connect, so use localhost instead.
; set dz lines=4
; att dz 127.0.0.1:7777
; TQK50 TMSCP magnetic tape controller. Enable the first,
; disable the rest.
set tq0 ena
set tq1 dis
set tq2 dis
set tq3 dis
; Media from https://mirrors.pdp-11.ru/_vax/_misc/VAXELN/eln.zip
; Attach to install (?) media
att tq0 AQ-PE1VD-BE.tk50
; LPT Line printer. Redirect this to a text file on
; the host system.
set lpt ena
att lpt printer.txt
; RL11/RL01/RL02 Cartridge Disk (RL)
set rl dis
; TS11 Magnetic Tape (TS). This can be used to get files
; from the host into the simulation.
; eg. sim> ATTACH TS -F ANSI-VMS Hobbyist-USE-ONLY-VA.TXT
set ts ena
; Ethernet controller for network access.
; DELQA-T/DELQA/DEQNA Qbus devices interface the rtVAX1000 (KA620)
; 1.16 uses AA-00-04-00-10-04 (https://www.powerdog.com/addrconv.cgi)
; Set the MAC address to fit into the DECNET network, leave at defaults.
set xq mac=aa:00:04:00:10:04
att xq tap:tap6
; No auto-boot, in case of errors in the config files.
; Simple type "boot" at the prompts.
It never boots.
rtVAX1000 (KA620) simulator V4.0-0 Current git commit id: 5483ffbb
Logging to file "/opt/simulations/rtvax1000/install_rtvax1000.log"
./rtvax1000.ini-47> att tq0 AQ-PE1VD-BE.tk50
%SIM-INFO: TQ0: Tape Image 'AQ-PE1VD-BE.tk50' scanned as SIMH format
./rtvax1000.ini-67> att xq tap:tap6
%SIM-INFO: Eth: opened OS device tap6
Performing normal system tests.
Simulation stopped, PC: 00001AA8 (MOVL @0(SP),(SP))
I've tried all the tapes, and in desperation all the VMS-y devices I could think of. Maybe I am misunderstanding what vaxeln was? Maybe it is supposed to layer over VMS? I tried booting VAX/VMS 4.6, 5.5, and 7.3 on the rtvax1000. They all give an error message about wrong processor:
?06 HLT INST
PC = 00004C6C
Simulation stopped, PC: 20040BF7 (MOVAW B0(R11),R5)
Here's the Index file that gives a hint at what the files in the archive are:
Part Number Description Year
AQ-PEYGB-BE VAXELN KAV30 V1.1 BIN TK50 1992
BB-PJR3B-BE VAXELN V4.3 BIN 16MT9 - 2 1992
BB-PJR30-01.C01 VAXELN V4.4 BIN 16MT9 2/2 1992
BB-PJR30-01.E01 VAXELN V4.6 BIN 16MT9 2/2 1996
BB-AK95P-BE VAXELN V4.3 BIN 16MT9 - 1 1992
BB-AK950-01.S01 VAXELN V4.6 BIN 16MT9 1/2 1996
BB-AK950-01.Q01 VAXELN V4.4 BIN 16MT9 1/2 1993
It looks like BB-AK950-01.S01 and BB-PJR30-01.E01 should be what I need, but they don't seem bootable. I'd like to see the rtvax1000 working, either with vaxeln or whatever it is supposed to run.
88A5 F7B4 06BF 9C81 744D 5785 7B21 C783 99C8 6100