Subject: Re: Vax 4000
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Ignatios Souvatzis <email@example.com>
Date: 03/21/1997 16:06:35
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 1997 09:20:52 +0000
From: Matt Thomas <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Search for KA660 and IO660 in SYS$LIBRARY:LIB.REQ (the first/best way to
find out about a VAX) gives:
[lots of stuff]
You'll need to go Q-bus to get disks unless you write a DSSI driver for
the SHAC (good luck :-). Same for the SGEC (though I could help with
To make things worse, the vax 4000/200 self-test complains about
?49 2 19 ff 0000 0004 01 ; SUBTEST_49_19, DE_MS650_FDM.LIS
although it is marked as "continue" in the list.
Well, we (me, and Ragge few 100 km to the north) managed to get it to
yesternight, but I can't reproduce it.
What confuses me a bit, are the switches the cpu board cover:
a) there is the Ethernet AUI/BNC switch... thats ok.
b) another switch, in a box shaped like this:
/ _ |
/ /.\ |
/ Swtch \_/ |
/ here . |
/ _ | Face
/ / \ | symbol
| \_/ |
| | 3 position
| | ----> switch here
| | ___
| | / \
| | | T |
| __ | \___/
| /__\ |
| |\/| |
| \__/ |
Unfortunately, I wont have these machines for long. They're planned to
end as trade-ins by one of the other sections of CS dept. I just wanted
to play around a bit... I'll give a talk about "NetBSD on DEC hardware"
at the DECUS Munich Symposium in Bonn, and wanted at least to have seen
NetBSD on one of these machines... :-)
I'd go back to the VLC since is uses a LANCE and 53C94, it's much
less effort to get NetBSD working on it.
Well, I can test anything people send me for it. As I've found keyboard
and mouse of the VS4000, I have even both machines accessible at once.
Matt, can you find out about the KA48? (You mentioned you have one
yourself) What audio is this (there's a telephone symbol at one of the
sockets on the side)?