I have a DEC 500au workstation and am interested in being able to add a USB PCI card to the system and hopefully have the USB support like some of the later models of the 500au. Are the USB ports on later 500au models built into the motherboard? Would the alpha see and add-on board?
I bought an Adaptec USB-2 4-port PCI card on eBay for $6.00. I plugged it into a 64-bit slot in my Alpha 500au and it did not like that. A message came up that said to remove the unknown device. So I decided to plug it into the harder to reach 32 bit slot and voila, it was recognized. I plugged two thumb drives into the card and was able to initialize and mount them.
I'm just getting started in the VMS world but I've also had success with a USB hard drive. Like (I assume) most of us I have a bunch of spare parts sitting around so I decided to put some of them to use:
An Orange Micro USB 2.0 card pulled from my dead G4 Mac.
A micro USB cable from some long dead and forgotten USB device.
A Molex to dual SATA power adapter from a PSU.
Best of all, a 120 GB OCZ SSD with native micro USB interface.
It took about 10 minutes to install all the parts in my DS10, initialize the drive and quadruple my storage space. Sure, choking an SSD on a USB interface seems a bit wasteful at first glance but at least now the parts are doing something useful and not sitting in the spares pile any more.
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!