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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Alpha Systems Forums | FreeAXP
Author Boot failure of FreeAXP

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Posted on January 16 2011 12:42
When I try to start FreeAXP I get the error "not enough cores to satisfy clamims". I read the other threads which virtual box must have 2 cpu so I tryed 2 then went to 3 ( to see if that fixed it ).

The config I have is a

PC with 4gb, Q6600 CPU, running windows 7 32 bit profesional
VirtualBox runnin windows 2003 server, with 3 cpu and 1.5GB memory

Author RE: Boot failure of FreeAXP

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Joined: 15.04.08
Posted on January 17 2011 02:48
Windows 7 64 bit was able to recognize the second core when I added it to my configuration.

Windows XP 32 bit was not. I had to reinstall Windows completely to get it to recognize the second core.

I have not tried to see if Windoww 2003 server bit can dynamically recognize the second processor core after installation.

Simple test: Bring up task manager and look on the performance tab. If you see more than one CPU box, then Windows 7 is using multiple cores. If not, then you have your answer.

I am having to install VirtualBox 3.1.12, set up the guest OSes with the host additions. (Copy that ISO), and then downgrade to VirtualBox 3.1.8 for VMS clustering to work.
Author RE: Boot failure of FreeAXP

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Posted on January 17 2011 12:29
Thanks for the reply

when I had the failure first looked to see what was in the forum and found the mention of 2 cores, checked and it only had one so I added a second, restarted it and there was 2,

no problem so far, but I still got the same error meg, so to be sure I added a 3rd core and after the restart there were 3.

so to be it looks like all is ok here but still got the same error message about not enough cores.

.......could it be a version problem ?
Author RE: Boot failure of FreeAXP

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Posted on January 21 2011 00:59
getting a bit desperate, anyone got any idea what could be wrong !
Author RE: Boot failure of FreeAXP
Bruce Claremont

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Posted on January 21 2011 03:13
Which version of FreeAXP?

Can you successfully run the FreeAXP installation on the host 32-bit Windows system?
Author RE: Boot failure of FreeAXP

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Posted on January 21 2011 03:53
Can you post your FreeAXP configuration and log file?
Author RE: Boot failure of FreeAXP

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Posted on January 22 2011 10:26

the version of freeaxp was the beta 307

I was trying to avoid an install on the host o/s but will give it a go.


I could not find the log file..... but will post the config
Edited by gregbaker on January 22 2011 10:28
Author RE: Boot failure of FreeAXP

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Posted on January 25 2011 15:07

If you installed your VM with only one CPU and Windows 2003 Server, I suspect that the installation installed the uniprocessor kernel (older Windows desktop OSes did this). So, giving the VM two CPUs, then three CPUs wouldn't help if this is the case - only one CPU would be used by the kernel. See how many CPUs are shown in running the Task Manager in Windows 2003. If it shows only one CPU, even with the three CPUs you gave to the VM, then that shows you must have the uniprocessor kernel, and you will need to reinstall Windows 2003 Server in the VM to get the multiprocessor kernel that can handle more than one CPU.

Author RE: Boot failure of FreeAXP

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Posted on January 26 2011 11:59

Did the reinstall of windows 2003 server with the config set to 2 cpu's and freeAXP installed with no problem and then the install of alpha VMS, all went perfectly.

Another nice little windows trap to watch.

Thank you all, for all the help

Edited by gregbaker on January 26 2011 19:48
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