robert.jarratt at ntlworld.com
Fri Jul 29 22:15:55 CDT 2016
> On 30 July 2016 at 02:30 Zane Healy <healyzh at aracnet.com> wrote:
> > On Jul 29, 2016, at 6:08 PM, Douglas Taylor <dj.taylor4 at comcast.net>
> > wrote:
> > I just got a MicroVax II in the BA123 world box chassis. I has a TK50,
> > RX50, RXDQ2, but no DEQNA. I'd like to get it running an OS.
> > The DU disks don't work, but I have a couple of Qbus SCSI controllers
> > that might come in handy.
> > Can you use those SD to SCSI convertors in this type of configuration?
> > Anyone have experience with this?
> > What OS's can I use with this hardware? NetBSD? Are versions of VMS
> > available? How do you get an OS onto this system?
> The all around best choice would be VAX/VMS v5.5-2. You can get Hobbyist
> licenses. The OS was available as part of the Hobbyist program. If you add a
> SCSI adapter, you can hopefully attach a CD. IIRC, it will run up to either
> v7.2 or 7.3, at least I know I had v7.2 on a MicroVAX III (well, technically I
> still do, if it will boot).
> Ultrix would also be available.
> What I did though was I gave it a brain transplant, and converted mine to
> a PDP-11 once I got a better VAX.
> I need to invest in a couple of those SD adapters myself. I’d really like
> to put one on one of my AlphaStation 200 4/233’s. Hopefully they’ll still
> work. It’s been years since I’ve done anything with my DEC HW. :-(
OT reply, but I have been looking for anyone with a working AlphaStation 200
4/233 who could run a test for me. If you get VMS (7.2-1 iirc) running on one of
them would you be prepared to run a test program of mine on it that would dump
the DROM and the NVRAM?
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