HP-UX on HP 9000/217

Paul Berger phb.hfx at gmail.com
Wed Sep 22 21:29:55 CDT 2021

On 2021-09-13 9:21 p.m., Larkin Nickle via cctalk wrote:
> Hey all,
>     According to 
> http://bitsavers.trailing-edge.com/pdf/hp/9000_200/9000-200_periphSupp_Dec89.pdf 
> (see PDF page 2), it seems as if HP-UX 5.1 should work on the 
> 9000/217. http://hparchive.com/Catalogs/HP-Catalog-1986.pdf also seems 
> to confirm this (PDF page 71 under Series 200 Bundled Systems, it's 
> mentioned that the Model 217 can run single-user HP-UX). However, 
> there seems to be conflicted information based on people that I've 
> talked to and the hpmuseum page with a copy of HP-UX 5.1 whether it 
> should work at all, whether 5.1 is a unified release where the boot 
> floppy should work on both series 200 and 300, or whether there's 
> another boot floppy for series 200 which apparently has not been 
> archived.
>     I recently obtained a Model 217 and would like to know if anyone 
> has more info on this, the two people that I know of that have tried 
> it get a hang on boot.
> Thanks,
> Larkin

It would seem likely that there is a separate boot diskette for 200 
series machines that so far no one has found a copy of.  The only thing 
I succeeded in booting the 5.1 that is available on hpmuseum.net is a 
310.  I tried booting it on a 9920 with a 68010 processor card and got 
the same result it posts the starting message and then hangs.


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