VMS 8.4 Alpha Hobbyist disk images

Dave Wade dave.g4ugm at gmail.com
Thu Feb 1 12:10:26 CST 2018

> -----Original Message-----
> From: cctech [mailto:cctech-bounces at classiccmp.org] On Behalf Of Douglas
> Taylor via cctech
> Sent: 01 February 2018 17:56
> To: General Discussion: On-Topic Posts <cctech at classiccmp.org>
> Subject: VMS 8.4 Alpha Hobbyist disk images
> I'm getting an Alphaserver 1000a and wanted to install VMS 8.4 - hobbyist
> license from CD.
> So, I went to the folder on my PC where I have the 8.4 hobbyist
> distribution.  There are 3 ISO files; ALPHA084, ALPHA084LP1 and
> ALPHA084LP2.

Whilst they may have a ".iso" extension, they are not, strictly speaking "ISO" files as that implies a file format within the CD. 
I believe that these are VMS (ODS) format disks and burning programs that check for ISO will fail.

> I thought I would burn these to CD and up and away.  However, Windows 7
> balks and says, 'The selected disc image file isn't valid'.
> Is it Windows 7 or is there something I'm missing?  Is the CD on the

Try http://www.imgburn.com/ 
I think that’s what I used...

> Alphaserver 2048 byte block size or 512?

I honestly can't remember, but I don't think it matters.

> Doug


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