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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | VAX Systems Forums | VAX Hardware Forum
Author VAXStation 4000/60 - some questions
commodorejohn
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Joined: 19.11.12
Posted on December 01 2012 18:23
So I've got my new VAXStation here; it's in good shape, powers on and appears to get through the self-test. However, I'm having some problems:

* I don't seem to be getting a picture out of the video card (PV21X-GD high-resolution color board.) I'm using an LCD monitor (Samsung Syncmaster 193p Plus) that is supposed to support sync-on-green (and that definitely supports the resolution and refresh rate used) with a makeshift cable setup (RS/6000 3W3-to-BNC cable plus 3xBNC-to-VGA cable - I gather that the RS/6000 has red and blue switched around, but I accounted for that and anyway it should only affect the colors, not the ability to form a picture.) But I'm not getting anything - the monitor OSD is claiming "no signal," not even that it's out-of-range. Is there some trick to this that I'm missing?

* More problematically, I can't get to the console over the serial port, either. I have the baud rate set correctly on my terminal, but I'm not seeing any output at all. Do the console functions only work over the MMJ RS-423 serial port and not the DB-25 RS-232 one?
Edited by commodorejohn on December 01 2012 18:24
Author RE: VAXStation 4000/60 - some questions
commodorejohn
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Posts: 9
Joined: 19.11.12
Posted on December 06 2012 11:44
Okay, my serial adapter got here this morning, and she's booting to the console over the serial port smiley It's actually got the full 104MB of RAM; this was more of a score than I'd realized! Still having some trouble, though. For starters, SHOW DEVICE doesn't seem to list the hard drive, so I'm assuming some SCSI voodoo is in order. Joy. :/ (That, or my 68-to-50-pin adapter doesn't work - entirely possible, as I've never actually used it before. I need to get my PC SCSI controller installed so I can verify some of this stuff...)

Furthermore, while it recognizes the CD drive just fine, when I try to boot from it (b/r5:10000000 dka400:, according to the OpenVMS VAX install guide,) it loads from disk and then just sits there. It might simply be taking a while, but there's no further disk activity, and the two times I've halted it in the middle, it's shown the exact same PC value, which kinda suggests that it's just sitting idle at that address...is there something I'm missing, here?
Author RE: VAXStation 4000/60 - some questions
Bruce Claremont
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Posts: 499
Joined: 07.01.10
Posted on December 07 2012 12:56
Did you try a "b dka400" against the CD?
Author RE: VAXStation 4000/60 - some questions
malmberg
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Posts: 459
Joined: 15.04.08
Posted on December 07 2012 15:06
Suggestion:

Install SimH or other VAX emulator on a platform with network support through a TAP device or even better a dedicated physical or emulated NIC on another computer.

Install VMS on it and configure it as a LAVC BOOT node.

Boot your VAXstation as a diskless node and see if it can recognize your hard drive.

Or have the VAXstation MSCP access the drives from SimH and do not worry about having local hard drives on it.

VMS on Alpha Emulators can also be MSCP boot servers for VAXen, but that is harder to set up.

VMS on Alpha emulators can also be set up to be an Infoserver node. In that case the VAX would not be a cluster member, but you could still boot from a CD-ROM served on the network.
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LouF91
April 05 2018
ah maybe they love that!

malmberg
March 24 2018
Probably. More people hang out on the comp.os.vms newsgroup.

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March 23 2018
I have a PE42A and other Alpha system stuff for sale. I'm in So California. Any interest out there?

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peteherrera
February 24 2018
How much does it cost to buy a complete OpenVMS hardcopy documentation set of the latest version

prohorenko
February 17 2018
Please help to obtain the license on OpenVMS

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.

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December 08 2017
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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
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pintero
March 16 2017
peteherrera. Agreed.

peteherrera
March 04 2017
It would be nice to be able to buy the lastest hardcopy full OpenVMS docset at a very reduced price through the Hobbyist program. smiley

malmberg
February 05 2017
Decus > Connect > Encompass<Country>

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