On 1/31/2019 12:02 PM, Fritz Mueller via cctalk wrote:
I don't actually have anything that uses the M8110; I am mostly interested in that
one to understand how it co-evolved with the parity changes in the CPU (sometimes its
easier to understand if you can see both sides).
cheers (and thanks again!),
Well, the short answer is the same: it seems to have been an absolute
mess. So bad DEC eventually threw in the towel on it, apparently, and
moved on and created the M8120. Perhaps foreshadowing the mess that
MITS had with its first 4K dynamic memory board. ;)
So, if you have one in there, you don't want it in any memory you will
be addressing. I'd probably pull it, or at least put it way up high
with a gap before it.
The parity change in the CPU was to change parity errors from vectoring
thru location 4 to vector through 114.
My 1972 and 1973 11/45 processor handbooks do not mention location 114,
just location 4.
My 1976 pdp11/04/05/10/35/40/45 identify 114 as the vector for memory
system errors. So software (and diagnostics) from sometime after 1973
would presumably expect that.