Setting up a VAXstation

Allison ajp166 at
Tue Oct 2 20:33:55 CDT 2007

>Subject: Re: Setting up a VAXstation
>   From: "Zane H. Healy" <healyzh at>
>   Date: Tue, 02 Oct 2007 17:54:17 -0700
>     To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts"	<cctalk at>,
> 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 
>Sun Hardware.
>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.
>		Zane

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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