Setting up a VAXstation
ajp166 at bellatlantic.net
Tue Oct 2 20:33:55 CDT 2007
>Subject: Re: Setting up a VAXstation
> From: "Zane H. Healy" <healyzh at aracnet.com>
> Date: Tue, 02 Oct 2007 17:54:17 -0700
> To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts" <cctalk at classiccmp.org>,
> General Discussion:
>At 4:54 PM +0100 9/30/07, Jules Richardson wrote:
>>Jason T wrote:
>>>My 3100/30 boots fine off the Hobbyist VMS disc using my
>>>boots-anything Apple CD300 (aka Sony) drive.
>>You got there first :-) Pulls of drives from old Apple systems seem
>>like a good bet - I've used a few on various machines which need a
>>512 byte block size. I normally use an Apple CD600, but it isn't
>>quite perfect - some SGI systems don't like it for some reason
>>(others do, as does everything non-SGI I've hooked it up to)
>I've had very good luck with an external Panasonic 4x CD-ROM drive I
>purchased new in '95 for my PowerBook 520c. It has worked on
>everything I've connected it to. I've used it on both a Mac and PC
>laptop, and on numerous DEC, SUN, and Amiga systems. My only SGI
>systems have built in CD-ROM's. Another likely source would be old
>As I've previously mentioned I'm quite fond of Plextor caddy drives
>for my PDP-11's.
>If you're trying to boot an old enough version of VAX/VMS then I
>suspect 3rd party drives could cause problems. I know the Hard
>Drives will. I'd recommend OpenVMS 7.2 or 7.3 for greatest SCSI
>compatibility. I simply only use DEC HD's on VAXen. Even though I
>use 3rd party drives on my PDP-11's and Alpha's.
I have a few Toshiba 2x SCSI drives that work well for uVAX. The drives
are easy to spot as there is a jumper header in the ID select area.
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