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by bifo
Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: Rising NeXTStation prices
Replies: 12
Views: 270

Re: Rising NeXTStation prices

those prices aren't aimed at hobbyists like us, they're aimed at people with corporate budgets who need to replace dying legacy hardware which can't be upgraded (at least in theory). its the same reason you see $200+ prices on 20mb MFM/RLL hard drives and even more on floppy drives. the problem is t...
by bifo
Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:49 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Large Scale Systems Museum
Replies: 8
Views: 441

Re: Large Scale Systems Museum

oh haha, I just bumped the old thread as well. Wish I could go, I passed the word on to some friends in Pittsburgh as well.
by bifo
Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Large Scale Systems Museum
Replies: 8
Views: 441

Re: Large Scale Systems Museum

Just saw this come through Most of you have heard of the Large Scale Systems Museum, a public museum in the Pittsburgh area that is focused on minicomputers, mainframes, and supercomputers. LSSM has been closed for renovations and expansion for the past several months; we've added nearly a thousand ...
by bifo
Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Hardware For Sale/Trade
Topic: fs: IBM PPC440GP development ATX board
Replies: 16
Views: 614

Re: fs: IBM PPC440GP development ATX board

AROS should support this board natively. how much for shipping to the US?
by bifo
Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:31 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: A Guide on Your Options for non-x86 Computers (2017)
Replies: 116
Views: 3183

Re: A Guide on Your Options for non-x86 Computers (2017)

No, I did meet an engineer who did some work on it however. I also inquired if Shenwei would build an Alpha based PC. The answer? They'd need at least 50-100k units at around $1,000 for the bare board including CPU but no RAM. they should drop VSI a line, given the continuing use of alphas for miss...
by bifo
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: A Guide on Your Options for non-x86 Computers (2017)
Replies: 116
Views: 3183

Re: A Guide on Your Options for non-x86 Computers (2017)

That's kinda what I suspected. Really though I should just get my Orange Pi setup rolling, only there's a lot of BS involved in getting it to work with monitors that are *gasp* *shock* not 1080p . Well, anyway, I did manage to get this far, in that I got Debian rolling with a boot script that deliv...
by bifo
Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: A Guide on Your Options for non-x86 Computers (2017)
Replies: 116
Views: 3183

Re: A Guide on Your Options for non-x86 Computers (2017)

regarding the alpha as a platform, we may yet see a revival of it thanks to the chinese government's complete lack of respect for copyright law and large force of hackers in the 90s: https://www.nextplatform.com/2016/06/20/look-inside-chinas-chart-topping-new-supercomputer/ https://en.wikipedia.org/...
by bifo
Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:42 am
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: General DEC3000 thread
Replies: 7
Views: 392

Re: General DEC3000 thread

ok finally got a full DUnix4 install on and working, now i just have to figure out the initial setup that DUnix expects, and it appears to be utterly miserable. does anyone have any good recommendations for books or manuals to use to deal with DUnix? I've already ordered a copy of the sysadmin guide...
by bifo
Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:09 am
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: General DEC3000 thread
Replies: 7
Views: 392

Re: General DEC3000 thread

The OpenVMS system is now executing the site-specific startup commands. %%%%%%%%%%% OPCOM 29-DEC-2016 08:58:01.07 %%%%%%%%%%% Message from user AUDIT$SERVER on VAAXP Security alarm (SECURITY) and security audit (SECURITY) on VAAXP, system id: 434 28 Auditable event: Audit server starting up Event ti...
by bifo
Fri Dec 30, 2016 5:42 am
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: General DEC3000 thread
Replies: 7
Views: 392

Re: General DEC3000 thread

There is no such thing as a "512 byte disc". All CDROMs have a standard format. The only variance is the SCSI mode parameters that the drive reports to the host (whether blocks are 512 or 2048 bytes and how many blocks are in the disc). That was needed because early workstations' PROMs we...
by bifo
Thu Dec 29, 2016 4:26 am
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: General DEC3000 thread
Replies: 7
Views: 392

Re: General DEC3000 thread

It's also probably worth mentioning that I updated my particular DEC 3000/400 to the final firmware update successfully about two months ago using the first drive (the one used for OpenBSD, a Pioneer) so it should have no problem booting the most recent versions of VMS, as that was a known issue wit...
by bifo
Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:58 am
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: General DEC3000 thread
Replies: 7
Views: 392

General DEC3000 thread

Rather than start a new thread every time I run into trouble, it's probably easiest and best to both consolidate/catalog every problem I have into one thread and not flood a fairly slow forum with endless short threads. Current question I have is: how much trouble has anyone else had with an old wor...
by bifo
Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:37 am
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: building current CDE on Alpha
Replies: 9
Views: 678

Re: building current CDE on Alpha

why not using the original tru64? it comes with cde by default Had to netboot the openbsd installer in order to get it working, been fighting with various drives ever since. I picked up a toshiba xm-5701b last week that should work, I think, but I'm still waiting for more hard drives to arrive. I c...
by bifo
Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: Hardware For Sale/Trade
Topic: VAXstation 3100/m38 and VAXserver 3100
Replies: 3
Views: 272

Re: VAXstation 3100/m38 and VAXserver 3100

It's got 4Mb built in, and takes boards up to 28MB for 32MB total. Not really what I meant to imply, any ram board at all that works for these things is very rare, and a 16MB 3100 is a very capable machine. When I had it working it would happily do decwindows via ethernet. The M38 is an upgraded M30...
by bifo
Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: Hardware For Sale/Trade
Topic: VAXstation 3100/m38 and VAXserver 3100
Replies: 3
Views: 272

VAXstation 3100/m38 and VAXserver 3100

I've got a formerly working 3100/38 (upgraded) with 12mb ram expansion board installed for a full 16mb. It will provide output until it gets to testing the memory, and I've tried booting it with and without the memory board, so that seems to be solid. I picked up the vaxserver after the vaxstation d...

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