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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Alpha Systems Forums | Alpha Hardware Forum
Author Alpha 255 firmware update
Anthony Reeder
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Posted on January 29 2006 20:01
I am attempting to set up an alpha 255 I purchased off ebay to run openVMS 7.3 Hobbyist software. I need to update the firmware to do this. I have found the software on the net to be downloaded however i can only download to a PC. How can I transfer this file to the Alpha to do the update.
http://www.chem.biomedchem.uwa.edu.au/
Author Re: Alpha 255 firmware update
HobbyistOne
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Posted on January 30 2006 04:35
[quote:992c85bc03="Anthony Reeder"]I am attempting to set up an alpha 255 I purchased off ebay to run openVMS 7.3 Hobbyist software. I need to update the firmware to do this. I have found the software on the net to be downloaded however i can only download to a PC. How can I transfer this file to the Alpha to do the update.[/quote:992c85bc03]

Are you able to burn a CD of the firmware update? This is typically how it's done.
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Kenashkov
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Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
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Posted on January 30 2006 23:29
I had the same "update problem" with my old PWS600. The firmware CD does not contains files for it and I suppose it does not contains files for alphastation 255 (because they are very old - there is a note about that - /ARCHIVE/FWREADME.TXT). So you can create a bootable floppy or do a network boot if you have already installed OpenVMS or Tru64. If you do not have these OS installed you can make a fat floppy:
ftp://ftp.digital.com/pub/DEC/Alpha/firmware/archive/astn255.html#method_1
You have to switch to ARC console, update the firmware, and then back to SRM (to install the OpenVMS). I did so for my PWS.
Where can be found older "firmware CDs"? I have found only version 7 (v7_0_cd.iso).
109218396 http://azonmedia.com
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malmberg
August 04 2022
No more VAX hobbyist licenses. Community licenses for Alpha/IA64/X86_64 VMS Software Inc. Commercial VMS software licenses for VAX available from HPE.

ozboomer
July 20 2022
Just re-visiting.. No more hobbyist licenses? Is that from vmssoftware.com, no 'community' licenses?

valdirfranco
July 01 2022
No more hobbyist license...sad

mister_wavey
February 12 2022
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parwezw
January 03 2022
Anyone know what happened to FAFNER.DYNDS.ORG? I had a hobbyist account here but can longer access the site.

gtackett
October 27 2021
Make that DECdfs _2.1A_ for Vax

gtackett
October 27 2021
I'm looking for DECdfs V2.4A kit for VAX. Asking here just in case anyone is still listening.

MarkRLV
September 17 2021
At one time, didn't this web site have a job board? I would love to use my legacy skills one last time in my career.

malmberg
January 18 2021
New Hobbyist PAKs for VAX/VMS are no longer available according to reports. Only commercial licenses are reported to be for sale from HPE

dfilip
January 16 2021
Can someone please point me to hobbyist license pak? I'm looking for VAX/VMS 7.1, DECnet Phase IV, and UCX/TCPIP ... have the 7.1 media, need the license paks ... thanks!

Bart
October 16 2020
OpenVMS, and this website!

malmberg
September 05 2020
VSI community non-commercial licenses for AXP/IA64 are available now.

malmberg
September 05 2020
See the forum about licensing. Don't know if HPE hobby licenses still being issued. Commercial licenses still being sold.

silfox70
September 01 2020
I need the license for OpenVMS7.3. Where can I find them?

malmberg
August 29 2020
Eisner, which is currently being moved, got an SSH update and the keys were updated to more modern encryption standards.

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