Ethan Dicks ethan.dicks at gmail.com
Wed May 11 17:08:22 CDT 2016

On Wed, May 11, 2016 at 5:24 PM, Adrian Graham
<witchy at binarydinosaurs.co.uk> wrote:
>> Some others had a PRO as their console.  Don't remember which models
>> specifically.
> The 8{3|5}50s our biggest customer used had Pro380 VAX CONSOLES

Not the 82xx/83xx, but the larger 85xx, 87xx and 88xx... Machines with
a Nautilus bus, mostly.  The 8200|8250|8300|8350 were more like a
VAX-11/750 where the console "processor" was embedded into the CPU.

> I remember
> our main menu system looked odd on them since they had a bitmapped display.
> I've still got one of them I think, can't remember the last time I powered
> it up but I'm pretty sure it was running TSX-11.

Nope.  TSX-11 was not a DEC product.  Pro350s and Pro380s (Pro325
didn't have a hard disk) usually ran P/OS, an RSX derivative for the
Professional series.  You could also get RT-11 for the Pro, as well as
VENIX, but when used as a VAX console, it was P/OS and some
menus/assets for being a console.  It's not hard to repurpose them.


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