Subject: Re: Floppy init
To: None <>
From: Johnny Billquist <bqt@Update.UU.SE>
List: port-vax
Date: 06/23/1999 00:25:01
On Mon, 21 Jun 1999 wrote:

> > Hmmm, the RX50 interfaces for VAXen are not capable of formatting. The
> > only box sold by DEC who could hardware format RX50 was the Rainbow.
> > So, even if someone wrote something equivalent to John Wilson's PUTR, it
> > wouldn't help.
> > The hardware just isn't in there.
> > 
> Johnny,
> If your using a RQDX2 or RQDX3 there is a PDP-11 formatter for RX50
> so the controller an do it.  Also the VAX diags (MDM) had an RX50
> formatter. So if someone can write it the controller can do it.

Hmmm, interesting. I definitely remember someone claiming that it couldn't
be done. Are you sure it really formats the RX50? If you have the hardware 
and software around, could you grab a PC diskette and try to format it?


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