dj.taylor4 at verizon.net
Mon Aug 1 21:58:20 CDT 2016
On 7/29/2016 10:30 PM, Jerry Weiss wrote:
> On Jul 29, 2016, at 8:30 PM, Zane Healy <healyzh at aracnet.com> wrote:
>>> On Jul 29, 2016, at 6:08 PM, Douglas Taylor <dj.taylor4 at comcast.net> wrote:
>>> I just got a MicroVax II in the BA123 world box chassis. I has a TK50, RX50, RXDQ2, but no DEQNA. I'd like to get it running an OS.
>>> The DU disks don't work, but I have a couple of Qbus SCSI controllers that might come in handy.
>>> Can you use those SD to SCSI convertors in this type of configuration? Anyone have experience with this?
>>> What OS's can I use with this hardware? NetBSD? Are versions of VMS available? How do you get an OS onto this system?
>> The all around best choice would be VAX/VMS v5.5-2. You can get Hobbyist licenses. The OS was available as part of the Hobbyist program. If you add a SCSI adapter, you can hopefully attach a CD. IIRC, it will run up to either v7.2 or 7.3, at least I know I had v7.2 on a MicroVAX III (well, technically I still do, if it will boot).
>> Ultrix would also be available.
>> What I did though was I gave it a brain transplant, and converted mine to a PDP-11 once I got a better VAX.
>> I need to invest in a couple of those SD adapters myself. I’d really like to put one on one of my AlphaStation 200 4/233’s. Hopefully they’ll still work. It’s been years since I’ve done anything with my DEC HW. :-(
> I have booted both V7.3 and V5.5-2 off a 4GB SD with SCSI2SD V4.6 on a MicroVax II with 16 Mb. Note that DEQNA will not work (at all) on either version. You’ll need a DELQA.
> You should be able to build a system with an emulator and then copy the binary to an SD card. i’ve taken images both ways without problems. Alternately if you get a DELQA, you can netboot off of another Vaxen and build an bootable disk that way.
The MVII I have has no network card so I may have to prepare the SD card
using an emulator. I waiting for the SCSI2SD adapter and the Hobbyist
License access at this point.
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