OpenVMS Alpha V7.3

Sean Caron scaron at
Fri Jul 17 09:04:38 CDT 2015

I've got a few to try so I'll burn those today and see what happens. For
the 8.4 disc I have, I used the same process to burn the disc that I did
for OpenVMS VAX V7.3 ... I just copied the *.iso to a Mac and used Disk
Utility to burn the *.iso just to a regular CD-R. For V7.3 VAX this
produced a perfectly good bootable CD, but on Alpha, when I try to boot the
disc, it looks like it'll get started, but it will churn for a little while
but eventually come back and say it can't find the file SYSBOOT.EXE.

I know the monitor environment variable BOOT_OSFLAGS needs to be set to 0,0
and I've ensured that's done ...

I definitely get the sense that my Alpha is a little more "finicky" than my
VAXen are ... seems to be kind of picky about what it will run and what
hardware it will work with! I'll try these disc images today and write back
with my experiences; I hope I can get at least one of them to come up :O

Tru64 and NetBSD boot fine on this machine but I've never been able to get
it to run OpenVMS ... I'm trying to rectify that this week :O



On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 9:53 AM, william degnan <billdegnan at>

> related question - I was not able to make a bootable/readable image from
> the ISO I have 7.3, although it might have been a bad source.  Is there a
> best way/ best software to make a usable 7.3 install CD that will work in
> an Alpha?   Just curious as to why I was not able to make it work.  I make
> CD's all of the time from ISO, but maybe I need to do more research on the
> subject as far as size and set up go for an Alpha-bootable CD, or CDRW type
> I need to use, etc.   I'd offer my ISO, but I don't know if it's good.
> Bill
> On Thu, Jul 16, 2015 at 11:28 PM, Sean Caron <scaron at> wrote:
> > Maybe my RRD45 doesn't like the "700 MB CD" ... does anyone know if it's
> > possible to bootstrap the installation from my existing CISC VAXcluster
> > with the ALPHA084*.ISO images I got from HP? Cross-platform MOP boot from
> > the VAX with the *.ISO images mounted locally on the VAX, perhaps? I
> assume
> > it's just a save set that's restored with the BACKUP command once one can
> > actually get to the point of a DCL prompt on the machine?
> >
> > Best,
> >
> > Sean
> >
> >
> > On Thu, Jul 16, 2015 at 7:19 PM, Sean Caron <scaron at> wrote:
> >
> > > Anyone got an ISO handy? Trying to get my 3000/400 up; V7.0 firmware;
> and
> > > it does not like the OpenVMS V8.4 ISOs I got from HP ... I do have a
> > valid
> > > Hobbyist license ... please chat with me off-list?
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > >
> > > Sean
> > >
> > >
> >

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