A Hobbyist DECnet Network

Allison ajp166 at bellatlantic.net
Fri Dec 9 06:49:48 CST 2005

>Subject: RE: A Hobbyist DECnet Network
>   From: "Zane H. Healy" <healyzh at aracnet.com>
>   Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2005 22:47:25 -0800
>     To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts"	<cctalk at classiccmp.org>
>At 9:33 PM -0500 12/8/05, Allison wrote:
>>  >  [The first "personal" VAX I ever owned was a VS2000, around 1989/1990.  I
>>>used to come home, turn it on, and I could make dinner while I waited for it
>>>to boot and start DECwindows!]
>>I have three of them, one is used for formatting disks both floppy and hard.
>>My first uVAX was a MicroVAX-II in BA23, still have it.
>Is a VS2000 really that slow to boot?  I own one, but it has memory 
>problems, they don't prevent me from formating drives, but they do 
>prevent it from booting an OS.

The VS2k is a bare bones uVAX-II cpu and inst very fast but I never 
thought the boot to be unusually slow unless the dianogstic were running.
However if the startup of the various added processes (DECNnet and DECwindows)
is in the wrong order or done all at once the process can drag out
as you run into needing one to enable the next and they are all eating up
the cpu at the same time.  A little tweeking of SYS$startup.com makes 
a differnce.  One thing is pruning off unused or unneeded stuff.

>My first uVAX was a VAXstation II/RC in a BA23, I've still got it, 
>though the monitor needs repaired.  My second was a MicroVAX II in a 
>BA123, and was the first VAX I got running, it's now my PDP-11/73. 
>I've never seen a MicroVAX II boot slow enough to make dinner :^)
>		Zane

I always used VT100/125 or VT340 as they are smaller than the huge 19" 
DECwindows tube.


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