VAXstation 3100/76 configured as VAXserver and NetBSD
compoobah at valleyimplants.com
Sat Jan 13 23:19:11 CST 2007
> 9000 VAX wrote:
>> The SCSI connector on 3100 76 is wired differently from the standard.
>> I was told that it was because there was no standard when the first
>> vaxstation was out. You need a DEC specific SCSI cable to use the
> The wiring inside the VAXstation 3100-76 may well be "non-standard",
> but the external connector works perfectly well with any SCSI
> cable which physically connects. Internally there is a single
> cable harness even though the internal devices and external
> devices are separate SCSI channels. So you cannot replace
> the harness (with anything other than the exact same
> harness) without knowing exactly what you are doing.
> If the external connector has been replaced with an
> Amphenol one, then perhaps that was not done properly.
> There's a terminator on the harness too - and my recollection
> is that without it things do not work well (if at all).
Internal works just fine, external has the Amphenol-50, but since there
are 2 colors of loose wires and a proprietary internal connector it's
unlikely I can figure the "proper" wiring out. I suppose I could trace
it from the NCR chips, but for now I just pull the cover and plug stuff
in the 1st bus. The ground wires on the external bus are all one color,
and they seem to go to the right places - so it's partially right. If
only DEC had better documentation.
I hand installed NetBSD from the shell option, and it seems to be
working better (no panics yet). sushi complains about libcurses and
won't run, but vi runs ok. It isn't my main VAX, anyway, so I'll
probably shove it back under the bed for now. I was going to junk it if
it didn't work, but it pulled itself together. I'd throw VMS on it, but
(a) everyone needs at least one BSD VAX and (b) the console is shared
with the 4200 so it would be a bother to run them together as a
VAXcluster. I'm considering clustering the 4000-200 and my 3000-300X,
though. Too bad DEC doesn't have the ultimate useless feature: cross-OS
clustering. Imagine a VMS VAX, Tru64 Alpha, and VMS Integrity
clustered. Completely pointless, but cool sounding.
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