Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2012 15:37:50 -0600
From: Kevin Reynolds <tpresence at hotmail.com>
To: <cctech at classiccmp.org>
Subject: Which vax-vms license for a microvax II with VCB-02?
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I've been wracking my brain over which license I need for VMS 5.2 on a microvax-II
with a VCB-02 graphics module installed?
I understand that I could just use the hobbyist licenses, but I bought the system with a
legitimate VMS license and want to keep it as close to the original configuration as
possible (I have other microvax systems with hobbyist 7.x).
Unfortunately there is no vmslicense/charge like you have with vms 5.3 and beyond.
I'm testing by connecting up a terminal to a serial port (not the console, thats a
different problem, won't work with VCB-02 installed unless you are in debug), and
trying to log in. Right now I'm getting license exceeded. I figured I would just
need a workstation license, but this doesn't seem to have worked.
Older KA-630 boards (maybe all of them) do not have the firmware to
talk to the VCB-02 screen during boot. So, you have to use a serial
console to check boot progress or run diags, etc.
Once it is booted, VMS 4.7 will run the VCB-02 just fine. There were
licenses and multi-user ones. The license exceeded message sounds like
to do with the single/multi user issue, not the VCB-02. I think maybe there
is a system boot-time switch to select # of users, and if that doesn't
only the administrator is allowed to log in. (Been so long since I ran
VMS, I'm forgetting a lot!) I bought a MicroVAX-II board in 1986, and ran
it as a home computer for about 21 years, until the hard drive died.
I added a VCB-01 first, then upgraded to a VCB-02.