Imaging DEC uVAX MFM drives
oldcpu at rogerwilco.org
Wed Aug 30 12:34:34 CDT 2006
> No such thing as RD23. Is that a typo?
(Yup, a typo...really it's a RD53.)
So, with all of the good advice from so many that are much smarter than
me (thanks to all!), I'm off to see if the VAXstation 3100 has VMS
installed. Now that it's disk (SCSI) is imaged, I'm not worried about
doing something non-recoverable to the software setup.
If it does have VMS, I'll try to remote boot the other uVAXen and then
image their drives to the Vs3100, and then take them from there to
If the 3100 doesn't have VMS but Ultrix, I'll have to think about what's
next. I don't know if Ultrix can support netboot capabilities ala BOOTP
If that's a no go, then I'll take Pat's suggestion and try the NetBSD
remote boot option. I'm familiar with Linux (just enough to shoot a toe
or two), but I'll have to figure out the NetBSD device nomenclature.
Shouldn't be too hard. Overnight I downloaded NetBSD version 1.5.0,
1.5.3, and 3.0.1 for i386 and vax architectures, hoping that at least
one of those versions has the mopd stuff that works. Still, I've never
used mopd, and that'll be an education in it's own right.
More to come, but first I've got to figure out how to reach that little
DIP switch on the 3100 so that I can use a character terminal. :) My
back panel bezel doesn't have the cutout for accessing the switch. I
guess I have an early model.
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