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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: 123
Views: 4761

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: 123
Views: 4761

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: 537

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: 537

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: 537

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: 537

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: 537

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: 855

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: 289

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: 289

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...
by bifo
Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:14 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable
Replies: 25
Views: 1288

Re: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable

current status: chugging along calmly 24/7 with openBSD 6.0. everything works fine, but i think the problem with the cd drive is a matter of timing issues between the old scsi 2x cdrom and the adapter. once i buy another drive & adapter i'm going to attempt to use the old scsi drive i have with ...
by bifo
Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:48 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: building current CDE on Alpha
Replies: 9
Views: 855

building current CDE on Alpha

CDE's ancient, but that means that it should run quite well on old hardware. it's also open source now , along with motif. and i've been banging my head against building it on my 3000 running openbsd 6 for the last week. can anyone else try building it? doesnt really matter what system you're runnin...
by bifo
Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:42 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: New Tru64 media
Replies: 4
Views: 503

Re: New Tru64 media

i've been watching that for a while hoping the price would come down, it's way too much to ask imo. can you rip/post the 4.0 set somewhere? it's actually really important to have that available to run the genera lisp-machine emulator and that version doesnt seem to exist in the wild. afaik it's not ...
by bifo
Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: Alphaserver DS15
Replies: 36
Views: 3073

Re: Alphaserver DS15

let us know, always good to see an alpha alive in the wilderness. also if you want to pass those DS10s on to others definitely give us dibs!
by bifo
Sun Sep 25, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable
Replies: 25
Views: 1288

Re: Part number for DEC 3000 keyboard cable

wanted to drop an update on this project. i managed to find, through a hell of a lot of deep googling and fighting with HP's garbage FTP server (hidden folders on a public ftp with important files ffs) the firmware update that i needed for the system, which i was able to burn and install nicely. Unf...

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