Same testing as with any early 90's server. If the server boots and
squeals to holy hell you prob have a bad drive, but the system is pretty
robust and if you have multiple drives it might seal it off and boot
From the >>> you can check things out at the
Run the SHOW DEV command if you don't know what to B/1 (boot with diaglog)
to. This way you can reset the password if you don't know it. My system's
boot drive is DIA0:, yours will likely be different. Keep trying them until
it works. My VAX 4000 also has a DIA1: and a DIA5: among others.
>> B/1 DIA0:
This will eventually drop you to the SYSBOOT prompt.
SYSBOOT> SET/STARTUP OPA0:
SYSBOOT> SET WINDOW_SYSTEM 0
SYSBOOT> SET WRITESYSPARAMS 0
This will drop you to the $ prompt.
$ SET DEFAULT SYS$SYSTEM:
$ RUN SYS$SYSTEM:AUTHORIZE
This will drop you to the UAF prompt.
UAF> MODIFY SYSTEM /PASSWORD=whateveryouwant
This will bring you back to the $ prompt. Log out
The VAX upon return then asked me to reset my password to something 8-32
From there I got to a $ prompt with full access privs.
On Wed, Oct 28, 2015 at 1:02 PM, devin davison <lyokoboy0 at gmail.com> wrote:
Hello. I seem to be getting quite a big assortment of
DEC equipment over
here as of late. Back in July I made a trip to Miami to pick up a PDP 11/34
with related equipment a while back and posted about it here on the list.
I'm still working on getting the power supply on the pdp 11 fixed but am
making good progress and learning a lot in the process. Recently a deal
popped up on a microvax 3800 that was too good to pass up so I jumped at
the chance to get it and it is on it's way to being shipped here.
I have never dealt with any Vax hardware before. The closest I've been to
one is running a simulation of a machine in the simh emulator. Is there any
special hardware I will need to get this up and running? I have a couple of
VT 100 terminals that go with the pdp 11 that should work nicely with the
Vax. Is there anything a beginner with such hardware should look out for? I
would like to try and disconnect the power supply and test it separately if
possible to save myself the headache I experienced with the PDP 11.
Any suggestions or other info much appreciated.