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by commodorejohn
Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:55 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: visit to Fujitsu
Replies: 20
Views: 3773

Re: visit to Fujitsu

Any last outposts of alternative architectures in this era of creeping x86/ARM duoculture are worthy of my respect.
by commodorejohn
Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:14 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Age structure of our members
Replies: 16
Views: 980

Re: Age structure of our members

I'm 27, and I'm a little surprised by how many people are in my age bracket here.
by commodorejohn
Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:28 am
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...
Replies: 39
Views: 4074

Re: So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...

Hmm. The controllers I have on hand are an Adaptec 29160N (doesn't seem to be in the HCL,) and an Adaptec 2930CU (is in there, but this specific card is from a PPC Mac - any idea if it would still work without the x86 BIOS emulation?) I may just have to nab one off eBay.
by commodorejohn
Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:50 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...
Replies: 39
Views: 4074

Re: So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...

That bad, huh? Hmm. I have a couple PCI SCSI controllers, I'm not sure if they're in the HCL though.
by commodorejohn
Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:11 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...
Replies: 39
Views: 4074

Re: So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...

Okay, so it passes its memory test and boots into AlphaBIOS setup without issue, and it gets along fine with the video card I've got in there at the moment. I'm having trouble, though, because it does not seem to want to recognize the hard disk. It's the only IDE device attached, at the moment, and ...
by commodorejohn
Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:23 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Opera goes to the dark side
Replies: 11
Views: 883

Re: Opera goes to the dark side

Huzzah for creeping assimilation into homogeneity.
by commodorejohn
Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:43 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...
Replies: 39
Views: 4074

Re: So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...

Oh, also: do Alphas have the same expectation of 512-byte sectors on CD-ROM drives that my VAX does? Or did that get dropped when they added IDE support?
by commodorejohn
Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:05 am
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...
Replies: 39
Views: 4074

Re: So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...

Alphas will run any initialization routines that are in PC-sourced PCI cards, so they'll do anything a video card needs to be brought up and set up PCI bridges properly. Alpha's BIOS emulation does not extend to BIOS calls, so your cards will still need AXP drivers. My advice - check the HCL, but i...
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:19 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...
Replies: 39
Views: 4074

So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...

I've been wanting to get an Alpha system for a while now, and I finally nabbed a 21164 + 164LX CPU/motherboard/RAM combo off eBay. Given that it's an ATX board with onboard IDE, that's most of the essentials right there and getting a case/PSU/drives is dead simple, but since I plan to make this a Wi...
by commodorejohn
Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:30 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: booting a sick VAXsta 3100/M76
Replies: 9
Views: 1295

Re: booting a sick VAXsta 3100/M76

I've used old Apple SCSI CD-ROM drives with CD-Rs before and never had an issue, myself...not on the VAX, tho.
by commodorejohn
Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:28 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: VAXStation 4000/60 - some questions
Replies: 39
Views: 4035

Re: VAXStation 4000/60 - some questions

Yeah, the guys on comp.os.vms informed me that the graphical (i.e. non-serial) console is basically a glass TTY. I didn't have DECWindows installed at the time because I was having a little trouble with the installation kits, but I got that resolved (unzipping them on the PC and burning a CD with th...
by commodorejohn
Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:45 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: VAXStation 4000/60 - some questions
Replies: 39
Views: 4035

Re: VAXStation 4000/60 - some questions

Can anyone tell me what parameters I should use for SET TERMINAL to match whatever the VAXStation 4000 graphical console emulates? I can't find much in the way of manuals for the graphical option boards, so I don't know if they specify or not. I would bet that I can just tell it to be a VT-100 and h...
by commodorejohn
Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:49 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: VAXStation 4000/60 - some questions
Replies: 39
Views: 4035

Re: VAXStation 4000/60 - some questions

Well, I've got some miscellaneous extra install files on another CD, and I figured out how to mount the CD from the DCL prompt, but I'm having a bit of trouble figuring out where it's mounted to. I'm working my way through the OpenVMS User's Manual, but in the meantime, is there a quick/simple guide...
by commodorejohn
Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:25 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: VAXStation 4000/60 - some questions
Replies: 39
Views: 4035

Re: VAXStation 4000/60 - some questions

Well, a couple of decent (read: overpriced!) 68-to-50-pin converters (with high-byte termination) and an IBM/Plextor CD-ROM drive from my RS/6000 solved my SCSI woes, and a huge old NEC LCD monitor allowed me to get video working, so that's that out of the way. Now I just need to navigate my way thr...
by commodorejohn
Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:54 am
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: VAXStation 4000/60 - some questions
Replies: 39
Views: 4035

Re: VAXStation 4000/60 - some questions

Well, I'd rather just get another CD drive working with it if possible, but I'll keep that in mind. Netbooting's always been a PITA in my experience, though, and I can't imagine it's easier on older equipment.

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