RT11-SJ is less dependent on interrupts, I think, so that might be another thing to try.
On Jan 31, 2019, at 3:55 PM, Jerry Weiss via cctech
<cctech at classiccmp.org> wrote:
My recollection is that XXDP tries not to use Interrupts or DMA, unless it has to.
I would check out those areas first for problems if it hangs in RT-11.
On 1/31/19 2:26 PM, Bill Degnan via cctech wrote:
My PDP 11/40 suddenly lost it's ability to
boot RL02 disks except the XXDP
disk. I have two drives, both boot up an XXDP (I have more than one) just
fine, but any formerly-working RT-11 (v 5, 5.1, 5.3) no longer boots, it
just hangs. I have been troubleshooting, running the 11/40 XXDP tests, but
they seem to just hang too. And I am not a big fan of XXDP anyway. I have
cleaned the drive heads, the disks are ok. I can load BASIC just fine from
PDPGUI "tape" through the serial card (M7800)
Any off the cuff suggestions why this specific issue would arise? Power
seems ok, looking for dumb reasons that I missed. I have swapped out CPU
cards, does not make any difference. I am pretty sure it's a UNIBUS
interference issue, at least that's my working theory. I suppose there may
be an RT-11 boot instruction call or routine of the CPU that XXDP does not
exercise explaining why XXDP boots. Maybe RAM locations.
In the end I just have to work through everything, but I am open to
suggestions to help cut down the time spent diagnosing the problem.
Thanks in advance, I will be around tonight (East Coast USA Time)