Looking for VAXSET Software Engineering Tools for VMS 4.x

Antonio Carlini a.carlini at ntlworld.com
Sat May 8 14:48:36 CDT 2021

On 18/04/2021 18:00, Antonio Carlini wrote:
> I'm using a seven year old DVD-RW drive and a similarly aged DVD-ROM 
> drive. The results are the same in either case.
Life got in the way, as usual, but here are a few CDROMs to start with: 

Hopefully those will be accessible to whoever wants them.

AG-MN36G-RE and AG-PASMA-RE are discs 1 and 2 of NOV-1989 CONDIST.

AG-NC67C-RE is the JUL-1987 CONOLD.

AG-NH36B-RE is Disc 1 of 2 of the JUL-1989 "VMS AD Software 
Consolidation", which I think was some sort of experiment.

> Two of them may well be completely unrecoverable. The others that I've 
> tried with 1989 date codes are 99+% recoverable so I'm hoping that the 
> missing sector or so doesn't upset ODS-2 too much. If I get the time, 
> I'll try them out tonight. The May 1989 CONDIST (and the Mar 1989 
> CONOLD) are both currently completely unreadable. I'll try one of them 
> in the GAME polishing machine, assuming they actually have a polishing 
> machine nearby. If there is no such machine nearby then I'll try the 
> 3000 grit sandpaper as there's not really much to lose.
I've no idea whether the nearby GAME store has a polisher, as they've 
not replied to my queries and I've given up waiting. I'm going to try 
2000/3000 grit sandpaper on the MAR-1989 CONOLD soon, so we'll see how 
that goes (I picked up some rubbing compound today, which is needed for 
the final stage).

I do have a few more early ones imaged, I just haven't scanned the CDROM 
themselves, so as soon as I get that done (hopefully less than a month 
this time!) I'll upload those and make a note here.

These are tar images compressed with xz. "-J" should expand them. There 
is a sha256sum.txt file inside and a readme with details of the 
extraction and the results of the ddrescue command. I think AG-PASMA-RE 
read without error using dd.


Antonio Carlini
antonio at acarlini.com

More information about the cctech mailing list