Subject: Re: non important question.
To: Tom I Helbekkmo <tih@Hamartun.Priv.NO>
From: Gunnar Helliesen <email@example.com>
Date: 03/29/1996 01:37:42
On Thu, 28 Mar 1996, Tom I Helbekkmo wrote:
> On Wed, 27 Mar 1996, Gunnar Helliesen wrote:
> Sounds like the one I'm running NetBSD/VAX 1.1B on here. It's an
> H9642 cabinet with two BA23s mounted sideways, as you say, a TS05
> 9-track (front loading) above them, and an RA81 below. The manual
> calls it a MicroVAX II 630QE -- I've upgraded mine to a 650, though.
> 26" wide, 36" deep, 42" tall, weight 650 lb. :-)
That's the one. I used to be a system manager on your machine, but then
it ran VMS and was called node MVAX2 (imaginative!). We always used to call
those machines "model Q5". Q3 was the "normal", brown box (Q-bus accessed
from the side, cabinet called BA123 or something, got the manuals at work,
can check them out). Q2 was the smallest uVAX II, very small CPU
enclosure mounted standing in a very small cabinet. Q-bus accessed from
the rear, a real pain (literally)! Best way to change/move cards was to
pull the whole CPU enclosure out of the cabinet to work on it.
First time I saw a Q2 was when I was sent to Stavanger to install a sync
card (KMV11?) to connect the machine to our office via DECnet over X.25
(@4800 baud). Real high-tech then... with knuckles bleeding and a lot of
swearing I finally gave up and pulled the machine out of the cabinet.
Those KMV11 cards were a real pain too, they loaded their microcode from
VMS at boot-time. If the card crashed (believe me, it happened) you
usually had to shut down and power-cycle the machine to get it loaded and
running again. Still, the KMV11 was childs play compared to the
Hyper-Channel Unibus interface we used to have in our 11/780, it drew so
much current that the Unibus cabinet regularly blew the fuse in our
computer room. Finally had to rebuild the electrical system over a
weekend. Those were the days, I miss large computer rooms!
Ooops, excuse my ranting and raving, guess I got way off-topic this time.
Too bad alt.folklore.computers is so full of noise these days, it's real
fun to discuss "the old days". Anyway, the reason I love NetBSD/VAX is
because it's a brilliant excuse to collect old VAXen and keep feeding and
nursing them (besides beeing a very modern and nice Unix in it's own
Now, if only I could get that 3300 up and running... (talked to DEC today:
"KA640 CPU? Harr, harr, harr. You must be joking! That's ancient stuff,
we threw them away years ago!")
Gunnar Helliesen | Bergen IT Consult AS | NetBSD/VAX on a uVAX II
Systems Consultant | Bergen, Norway | Jaguar Enthusiast/Ford owner
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