Subject: Re: VAX 8000?
To: Szabolcs Szigeti (PinkPanther) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Huw Davies <email@example.com>
Date: 03/01/1995 23:47:27
On Wed, 1 Mar 1995, Szabolcs Szigeti (PinkPanther) wrote:
> I know it's not the port-wish-list, but just a quick query:
> Anyone working/planning to work on VAX 8000 ?. We've just received
> a VAX8530 machine with a bunch of RA82's and allegedly 128(?) M RAM.
> So far we managed to blow the fuses in the building then boot VMS :-).
Well, at least you know it works. The 8000 series (more correctly refered
to as the Nautilus series [The VAXstation-8000 also existed and was
a Q-bus system]) does not generally like to be moved, but once you get
it to run, will probably run for a couple of years before dying in a
horrible way (the voice of experience - I maintain 3 8800s :-)
> Should we dump the whole thing, or is there any chance NetBSD could be booted
> on it? How different is it from the uVAXII`s and 750's?
Well, the boot process is similar in concept but entirely? different in
practice. The Pro console provides a lot of the control for the system
and, in particular, provides the copy of VMB.EXE used to boot VMS. I guess
that this is similar to the way that a 11/780 boots but I have no real
idea how to organize to boot something else. Is there anyone on the list
who has the time/will/documentation to explain further?
> I'd be willing to help/experinent/debug, but don't have much docs.
I've got at least one 8800 that I could experiment with (in a software sense)
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