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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Alpha Systems Forums | FreeAXP
Author FreeAXP rocks...
dtpoirot
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Posted on August 26 2010 16:49
I am so spoiled...

I played with PersonalAlpha for a few minutes, found FreeAXP and played and played until my license came through from CONNECT.

Now an AlphaStation 255 has shown up at my door.

I am shocked. I have been installing just the OS for over an hour and it is just now to 50%.

I am beginning to wonder if there is a problem with the hardware...

The same process literally takes minutes on FreeAXP.
Author RE: FreeAXP rocks...
Bruce Claremont
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Posted on August 27 2010 03:24
I believe a VMS install on a real 255 will take almost an hour. The emulator will be much faster, particularly if you are using a ISO of the installation CD. The modern I/O subsystems make a big difference in speed.

Just to be sure, do a SHOW DEVICE D on your drives once VMS is up to see if they have logged any error. If not, then your hardware is probably OK.
Author RE: FreeAXP rocks...
dtpoirot
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Posted on August 27 2010 03:29
Hey Bruce,

The drive shows up in INIT sometimes and sometimes not. :-(

On the plus side, super-fast, hugemongus, 80-pin SCSI drives are cheap.

Thanks!
Author RE: FreeAXP rocks...
brad
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Posted on August 27 2010 14:32
dtpoirot wrote:
Hey Bruce,

The drive shows up in INIT sometimes and sometimes not. :-(

On the plus side, super-fast, hugemongus, 80-pin SCSI drives are cheap.

Thanks!

I've noticed a couple of references to super-fast (15K?) SCSI drives.

I think that the 255 enclosure may not vent higher-heat devices like that properly. Careful, or you might fry the drive!
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Author RE: FreeAXP rocks...
dtpoirot
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Posted on August 29 2010 03:17
Hey Brad,

Mine has a front fan, rear fan and a fan in the power supply.

The drive bay area is quite spacious and sparce.

...all that said, the limiting factor is most likely going to be if it is a narrow, wide or SCA drive and LVD vs. Single Ended...
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