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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | VAX Systems Forums | VAX Hardware Forum
Author 4 beeps RF31
romaxmaniax
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Posts: 1
Joined: 11.04.10
Posted on November 20 2019 12:50
Hello guys,

one of my DEC RF31 disk died today.
I was working on my vax 4000 and suddenly the disk stop spinning and the red light comes up.
I shutdown the system, power it off and on and the defunct disk beeps 4 times without spinning up.

Any idea what that could mean?

regards.
Author RE: 4 beeps RF31
malmberg
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Posts: 527
Joined: 15.04.08
Posted on December 05 2019 03:34
The disk is dead.

In some cases the physical disk for RF disks and other disks used the same HDA assembly but a different interface board mounted on the disk, so I do not know what all your repair options are.

In general, the lifetime of all physical disks that work on VAXen are at EOL, and so are all the spares.

I would setup a SimH/VAX system LAVC boot node and cluster the physical VAXen with that.
Not quite as fast as native disks, but you have no shortage of new disks.
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