A couple days ago I scored a used ES40 for next to nothing. It had 2GB of RAM, two processors, and one 18GB hard drive (presumably a node in a cluster). So I dragged it home, did the prereq-type reading (here, Encompass, etc), and ordered the latest media kit (8.3).
Suffice it to say that getting the beast going was a bit of a chore, given this is my first such machine. There were various parts in the unit that had been messed with, removed, or replaced with bad ones. In the end I wound up with one processor and 1GB of RAM, and no more errors on the console
I did manage to boot from the hobbyist CD I recieved, but it didn't take long to realize that the hard drive/array was missing from the list of target devices.
After doing some research, it turns out my SCSI controller is a DPT SmartRAID Millennium (PM3755U2. Being ex-government, I'd assume the config in the controller was obliterated as part of the data cleansing process.
Now, if this was an x86 machine I'd just whip out the SmartStart disc and/or hold down the appropriate keys, and get configuring the SCSI controller. But being as it's not, I'm not sure how to proceed.
This controller was OEM, and had Compaq labelling on it. I'm not near the box this morning else I'd give more details, but I do know it had a "spares" number on it (from which I found the real make and model).
I don't know if this Alpha was used with VMS or Tru64 in its past life - I'd assume VMS from the sound of things, but I really don't know.
It wouldn't be the end of the world if I couldn't use this card with OpenVMS, since it is said to work on x86 and Sun machines as well (so I could re-use it elsewhere). But if I had to go with another card, what would be a good bet? Non-RAID would be fine for my purposes.
I may just try experimenting later with some other cards I have laying around (Adaptec non-RAID PCI boards; various Compaq and IBM RAID cards pulled from Intel-based servers), assuming it can do no harm.
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!