Paul Koning paulkoning at
Thu May 19 14:15:35 CDT 2016

> On May 19, 2016, at 2:54 PM, Glen Slick <glen.slick at> wrote:
> On May 19, 2016 11:42 AM, "Rod Smallwood" <rodsmallwood52 at>
> wrote:
>> Hi
>>   I'd like to load RSTS/e on my 11/83. I have TK50's available so I
> guess the question is how do I get or create an install
>> TK50 tape with RSTS/e on it
>> Rod
> If you really want to install from tape use a Q-bus SCSI controller and
> SCSI tape drive instead. It will be a lot less painful.
> I've had reasonable luck doing that with Exabyte 8mm SCSI drives. (Also
> with Pertec interface 9-track drives.) I have had no good luck doing
> anything with TK50 drives.

That's odd, I know DEC used TK50 distribution and I personally have never had problems with a TK50.

If you can find a TK50 distribution tape, just boot it and follow the instructions in the installation manual.

If you don't have one, but you can find a 1600 BPI distribution tape, you can block-copy it to a TK50 and boot that.  However, an 800 BPI tape won't work because it won't boot on a TMSCP controller.

Oh yes, you need to make sure the RSTS in question is one that supports the TK50.  I forgot exactly when that appeared.  It certainly isn't in RSTS V7, which is a widely available version.


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