Microvax II hardware not recognized

Adrian Graham witchy at binarydinosaurs.co.uk
Fri Aug 19 11:25:47 CDT 2016

On 19/08/2016 09:56, "Peter Coghlan" <cctalk at beyondthepale.ie> wrote:

>>> Does Autogen recognize new hardware?
>> Yes, definitely.  Some older devices have switches (or even
>> soldered jumpers) to set the CSR address.  If some of these
>> are wrong, it could mess up the automatic address assignment
>> of later MSCP hardware.
> Not exactly.
> VMS automatically looks for and initialises I/O devices at startup
> time. (There are exceptions to this but these do not come into
> play in this particular situation.)
> Autogen is another thing entirely.  It is a tool which you run
> manually to set system parameters.  You don't have to run autogen
> to pick up changes in your I/O setup.  You just have to have your
> device configured the way VMS expects them to be and VMS will find
> them when you boot.

It won't if you do a minimum/conversational boot (STARTUP_P1 set to "MIN"),
devices won't be discovered unless the STARTUP CONFIGURE process runs. After
a minimum boot you need to MC SYSGEN AUTO ALL/LOG to pick up devices. Or
just do a full boot.

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