First VAX-11/730 VMS Boot! (was: Re: VAX-11/730 %BOOT-F-Unexpected Machine Check)
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Fri Jun 12 10:00:37 CDT 2015
> Thanks, that works! I also turned off write lock, which makes it happier.
> Wow, that boot sure takes forever. What the heck is it *doing* for all of
> that time? :)
If you want speed, you need an Alpha, not a VAX :-)
There could be all sorts of stuff in the startup file
(SYS$STARTUP:SYSTARTUP_VMS.COM) that you don't need.
Going back to an earlier version of VMS should help too - V7.3 probably has
all sorts of stuff that is more appropriate on a later, faster VAX.
> And at the moment, it's still booting, as I sip my morning coffee. Just
> started printing like heck and beeping... Ah, it's printing all of the
> licenses that have terminated. Maybe I should have lied about the date? Looks
> like the hostname is PIKE. Sure glad my iPhone boots more quietly.
You can get a free hobbyist license if you join whatever DECUS is called now.
> VMS use not authorized on this node. I sure hope it won't enforce that
> before I can try a backup!
It will allow SYSTEM to login on the console without a license.
> Finally! A login prompt! And no clue about the passwords. Uh, how can I shut
> this beast down without a valid login? !?
You can't. Just halt it or turn it off. VMS won't mind. None of that
sync / fsck stuff required. The filing system is already consistent (that's
one of the reasons it's boots so slow...)
If you look for a copy of the VMS FAQ on the net, there should be a section
on how to reset passwords. Here's a quick summary of one method:
Go back to your conversational boot but this time enter:
SET VAXCLUSTER 0
SET /STARTUP OPA0:
SET WRITESYSPARAMS 0
When you get a $ prompt, enter (carefully, without any typos or you get to
start all over again):
SPAWN /NOWAIT SYS$SYSTEM:STARTUP.COM
When the startup finishes, press enter again and you should get back to
your $ prompt.
SET DEFAULT SYS$SYSTEM
MODIFY SYSTEM /PASSWORD=<new password> /NOPWDEXP /NOPWDLIFE
Then login in.
When you want to shut down gracefully:
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