I am trying to run some tests of an alphastation 255. I converted a physical tape to a .vtape file, and when I try to run it, I see that I need 10 license units. I found that vtape is not supported in freeAXP. Is there a way to convert this tape to an image that is supported in freeAXP?
Bruce Claremont wrote:
You could build a VAX VMS system using SimH and use its vtape capabilities to restore the AlphaStation tape. A disk container file created under SimH will be useable under FreeAXP.
Sorry, I'm very new to this, how do I build a VAX VMS using SimH?
SimH is a free hardware emulator like FreeAXP. However, SimH emulates many platforms, including the VAX. Assuming you are a hobbyist, pick up the VAX/VMS hobbyist licenses from the VMS Hobbyist site and build a VAX VMS system under SimH. You will need a VAX/VMS installation CD to build the VAX VMS system under SimH.
If you have a working Alpha system, you could also network the FreeAXP system with it and simply copy files between the two systems. You will need Alpha OpenVMS installation media to create the FreeAXP VMS system.
OK, I found a working HDD and made an image of it using selfimage. Using that image as my drive in freeAXP, I successfully booted. Now I'm wondering, is it possible to have a GUI/desktop (windows-like) environment? I am trying to emulate a Digital Unix 3.2 and/or 4.0 desktop environment.
You can have whatever was available under Digital Unix. You will need an X-windows client like Cygwin or Reflection-X on the outside to access the GUI. I am sure a few Unix gurus will post a bit more information.
malmberg December 12 2017 HPE only makes the most current version of OpenVMS Alpha / IA64 /VAX available to hobbyists. When I had access to the Alliance 1 program it was the same. No public downloads are allowed by HPE.
nmbonao December 08 2017 Is anybody knows OpenVMS 8.2 version downloadable version? or CD copy? Thank you very much
aarommes December 02 2017 Bitcoin and Blockchain enthusiasts ( plus distributed computing ) please connec / reply: http://www.openvmshobbyis t.com/forum/viewthread.ph p?forum_id=130&thread_id= 2991
malmberg September 10 2017 https://sourceforge.net/p /vms-ports/wiki/VMSInstal lation/ For the most part just use VMS 6.1 media instead of 7.3. But why run the older release?
DoeveR August 07 2017 Where can I find the write up on running VMS 6.1 using the simh emulator?
Bart March 20 2017 Happy to have found my password again!