Booting a VAXstation
lproven at gmail.com
Mon Mar 15 13:20:19 CDT 2010
I have a VAXstation 3100 model 38 I bought on eBay for the princely
sum of £0.99. Sadly it came without disks and I have no wide-SCSI
disks of <1GB.
But I want to get it working & looking at the old dead kit pile.
As far as I know you can't boot a traditional VAX from a disk of
<1GB... but could I put the core of VMS on a small slow narrow SCSI
disk, like an
80MB or something, and put most of it on the only Wide SCSI disk I
have, a 10GB...?
I was considering either attaching an external SCSI2 disk of 80-120GB,
or possibly trying to fit one internally if I can find an appropriate
convertor. I have a fast/wide 8GB or 10GB disk I could use for main
storage, but I don't think I can boot from it... Can I?
My VMS knowledge is /very/ rusty & I was only ever a sysadmin, not a
developer. I've never brought up a bare system or anything.
Also, I have several external SCSI CD-ROMs, including 2 Apple units. I
seem to recall that VAXen want a weird block size, same as Sun kit...
is that correct? How would one tell if a certain drive could do this
or not? Is it a DIP switch setting or just a SCSI bus command?
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