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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Hobbyist Licensing | Alpha License PAK's
Author Running Open VMS with "Personal Alpha" emulator on
MarkRLV
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Posted on March 12 2007 09:49
Has anyone visited this web site:
http://www.emulatorsinternational.com/en/personalalpha.htm

The above is supposed to be an emulator that runs on your PC. It builds a couple of virtual Alpha disks on your hard drive (default size of 1GB each).

It would appear that if I had a VMS install disk and a VMS license, that I could then run Alpha VMS on my PC, through this emulator.

Also, how does one get COBOL and FMS?
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Posted on March 13 2007 05:42
COBOL and FMS - which versions? There have been links posted elsewhere in these forums to places where kits can be found.
http://www.encompasserve.org/~miller/
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Posted on March 20 2007 03:52
I would be interested in the latest version of COBOL and FMS.
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Posted on March 21 2007 05:15
COBOL and FMS kits for download

COBOL V2.8 appears to be the current one
http://vmsone.com/~ovmskits/axp_kits2003/disk2/cobol028/

FMS V2.4 for download (latest is V2.5)
http://vmsone.com/~ovmskits/axp_kits2003/disk1/decfms024/
http://www.encompasserve.org/~miller/
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Posted on March 26 2007 14:33
Thanks for the pointers.

When downloading from www.vmsone.com, can it be done downloading using Internet Explorer, then putting the downloaded files on CD-ROM for running on the Alpha? Or, is it better to just buy the CD's from www.vmsone.com?

I seem to be having file format problems. I downloaded COBOL and put it on a CD, but PRODUCT doesn't see it as a valid file. I even copied the files from CD to hard drive and renamed them .pcsi.

Is there another way to burn a CD so it is more VMS friendly?
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Posted on March 27 2007 02:46
you need to persuade the web browser you are using to download the files as binary.

There may be something that can be done with mime types to add

application/octet-stream pcsi
http://www.encompasserve.org/~miller/
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Posted on March 27 2007 05:14
Thanks, imiller.

Looking in Microsoft Internet Explorer, I'm not seeing that as an option. I wish there was a way to just directly copy the files from www.vmsone.com into a working directory right inside the Open VMS operating system running on my PC.

I thought there was a way to buy the CD from www.vmsone.com, but now I can not find that.
Author similar Problem installing OpenVms in Personal Alpha
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Posted on March 28 2007 11:25
A similar problem seems to be when I will install OpenVms in my personal Alpha environment. The original VMS 7.2-2 CD can't be read as a bootable CD. Are there special drivers needed for reading a VMS CD on my PC?
Here is what scsicheck says about the CD drives:
Service Controller Bus Id Name LUN (device number) Device path Description CHARON setting
cdrom 1 0 0 HL-DT-STDVDRRW GSA-4166B 0 \\.\CdRom0 SCSI cdrom drive Emulator device
cdrom 1 0 1 HL-DT-STRW/DVD GCC-4480B 0 \\.\CdRom1 SCSI cdrom drive Emulator device
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Posted on April 01 2007 02:22
from
http://www.montagar.com/hobbyist/mount.html

dated (V7.3-1 alpha, V7.3 VAX) but would get you started for USD 30
http://www.encompasserve.org/~miller/
Author He's already got one..
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Posted on April 01 2007 18:18
If I recongnize the name, he's already got one. Appearently there is something with the configuration of the emulator where it's not accessing the raw device correctly. Thanks, though!
Author Re: similar Problem installing OpenVms in Personal Alpha
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Posted on April 19 2007 07:50
[quote:6825483ce7="izguenni"]A similar problem seems to be when I will install OpenVms in my personal Alpha environment. The original VMS 7.2-2 CD can't be read as a bootable CD. Are there special drivers needed for reading a VMS CD on my PC?
Here is what scsicheck says about the CD drives:
Service Controller Bus Id Name LUN (device number) Device path Description CHARON setting
cdrom 1 0 0 HL-DT-STDVDRRW GSA-4166B 0 \\.\CdRom0 SCSI cdrom drive Emulator device
cdrom 1 0 1 HL-DT-STRW/DVD GCC-4480B 0 \\.\CdRom1 SCSI cdrom drive Emulator device[/quote:6825483ce7]

Try to set your CDROM device as \\.\D: (or whatever the drive letter is.), I have an OpenVMS 7.1 original DIGITAL CD that boots fine with that configuration.
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