Subject: Re: More raining and pouring VAXenbits!
To: NetBSD Bob <>
From: Lord Isildur <>
List: port-vax
Date: 01/16/2001 11:18:57
On Tue, 16 Jan 2001, NetBSD Bob wrote:
> Great!  I can wangle that up easily off local power at 10-20 amps
> off batteries......(A Battery Powered VAX 7000!... That would be neat!).
haha! that would be a sight to see! haha

> I am not worried about heat dissipation, since I use my VAXentoyz to
> heat my basement anyway.

same here for the living room :-)

> like it was Alpha bits rather than VAX bits.  OK, methinks, now I am
> getting confused.....  I had stopped the dd in the middle of the drive,
> since it had run all night dd'ing, and I figured something was not right.
> Anyway, I saw a generic kernel in the root fs, and saved a copy of the
> vmunix as vmunix.7000 (VAX 7000 in case it was strange bits), then
> mv's a copy of its genvmunix to vmunix.  Then I tried another boot.
> It booted Digital Unix P4.0.....on the Alpha!  It died with the
> half root system, but I was able to get it up into single user and
> patch the root passwd, and then tar off from the original drive the
> usrfs, onto the half-dd'd one.  Reboot, and Bingo!  Running Alpha
> with running Digital Unix P4.0, from the VAX7000 crate on the 3000/300
> crate.
> So, is this VAX 7000 critter I have half of, and hope to get the other
> half of, this week, really just an Alpha?????
> Need input!  Need input!

it looks like somebody upgraded it to an alpha at some point :( 
well, i would look in and see exactly what modules you have in there. 
Those machines could take (IIRC) four processors, so there might even be
alphas and vaxen (wishful thinking probably) in there.. From what you 
describe, it certainly looks like somebody upgraded this to an alpha.. 
this might mean they traded in the VAX processor, or maybe it's hidden in 
a container somewhere in the refuse!! hehe

I dont know if netbsd/alpha works on the {7,10}000 yet.