cctalk Digest, Vol 69, Issue 29
bqt at softjar.se
Sun May 17 04:24:22 CDT 2009
cctalk-request at classiccmp.org wrote:
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> Date: Sat, 16 May 2009 12:31:25 -0400
> From: Ethan Dicks <ethan.dicks at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: DEC ST506 Interface Adapter Part No 54-17003-01
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> On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 5:51 PM, Julian Skidmore
> <julianskidmore at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>> >> I thought it could only format "known" disk types, not arbitrary disks
>>> >> (a firmware limitation in the formatter application, not a hardware
>>> >> limitation).
>> > Surely, it's possible to hack an RQDX3 controller's ROM to support arbitrary geometries?
> The geometries aren't in the RQDXn ROMs - the formatter application
> writes them to the disk during the formatter process.
> There are three VAX formatters I know of - the ROMs on a VS/uV2000,
> the Customer Runnable Diagnostics (CRD) and the Field Service
> I know the CRD formatter only allows you to select known drives from a
> menu table and the Field Service formatter allows you to enter
> arbitrary values (i.e., has a menu plus a fill-in page). The
> ROM-based formatter on the VS/uV2000 was the one I appear to have
> mis-remembered the capabilities of.
> No hacking of the RQDX3 is required, just selection of the right
> formatter application.
However, all information is not just located on the disk either.
The RQDX1 and RQDX2 use a format that is incompatible with the RQDX3. In
order to use an RD52 (for instance) that has been formatted on a RQDX2
on a RQDX3, you need to reformat it...
Also, an RQDX1 or RQDX2 cannot control an RD54. No matter what
formatting program you use. You need the RQDX3 for that.
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