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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | VAX Systems Forums | Emulated VAX Forum
Author rtvax1000 on SIMH
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Posted on March 09 2023 12:38
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.
;boot





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
sim> boot

KA620-A.V1.1

Performing normal system tests.

5..4..3..

Tests completed.

>>> boot

2..
?54 RETRY

2..
Simulation stopped, PC: 00001AA8 (MOVL @0(SP),(SP))
sim>





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:


>>> boot

2..1..0..


%SYSBOOT-F-Unknown 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.


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