Subject: Re: Upgrading a 4000/200
To: Henry R. Bent <email@example.com>
From: Lord Isildur <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 04/24/2002 13:36:59
meaning the cpus and memory are not qbus, they still have a qbus
backplane, of course..
On Wed, 24 Apr 2002, Lord Isildur wrote:
> the upgrade involved a backplane swap. the 4000/00s are not qbus.
> (some 300s needed an upgrade to support the ms690s, too)
> On Wed, 24 Apr 2002, Henry R. Bent wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > I'm going on a trek this weekend to pick up a VAX 4000/200. It's in a BA440
> > enclosure with a TK70, 2 DSSI drives, and I believe some sort of graphics
> > option. Of course I'd like to get NetBSD on it, but I'll need some sort of
> > Qbus SCSI adapter, right? Aside from netbooting and NFS-mounting, of course.
> > My main question, though, is about upgradeability. The /200 is somewhat
> > limited in its speed compared to other 4000 series systems, and I'd ideally
> > like to upgrade the machine to a /300 or /500. Compaq claims (at
> > http://www.compaq.com/alphaserver/vax/archive/vax4000_200.html) that this
> > system is non-upgradeable. However, my guess is that this info is based on a
> > /200 in a BA213 rather than a BA440. So would it be possible to swap the
> > processor board with one from a /300 or /500 to achieve a faster machine? My
> > apologies if this is an obvious question, but I'm pretty new to the world of
> > VAXen, having just come from experience with DECstations.
> > Thanks in advance!
> > --
> > Henry Bent email@example.com
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