VAXstation 3100 history (Was ... different)

From: Truthan,Larry <>
Date: Wed Dec 1 10:15:49 1999

Allison,or Anyone

I recently got my MicroVAX I up and running it's MicroVMS 4.1

I listed devices and have an RD52 as DUA0.
and an RX50 as DUA1 and DUA2

I did not see any directory commands to tell how much disk space is
used/available. Are there any?
Nor did I see any FORMAT command. (Which at this point I want to AVOID,
because I don't understand the Backup process or target backup media
capacity constraints. It sounds like backup clones the OS on the same drive
in "renewed" and/or "rebuilt" files )

According to Allison's prior post, should I assume this RD52 is a 30MB MFM
non SCSI drive?

I also have a Plessy 6600/6700 system which has a 84MB-90MB drive which I
think hangs on a DEC compatible SCSI controller.
(I believe the Plessy is an LSI-11/34 clone.)The Plessy also has a Cipher
F880 1600 bpi 9-track tape drive connected.

Is there a chance I could Load the Hobby openVMS on either one, or both of
these systems in a cluster?

It seems to me the more capable system would be the Plessy with larger HD
and Tape Unit already installed, (However I have never booted it, and I
have no Idea what OS currently resides on it.)

I believe someone gave an earlier response that the MicroVAX I was too
small to run openVMS alone.

Larry Truthan

-----Original Message-----
From: Allison J Parent []
Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 1999 8:36 AM
To: Discussion re-collecting of classic computers
Subject: Re: VAXstation 3100 history (Was ... different)

<I just got mail from a friend in Virginia who is saving a MicroVAX 3100-90
<for me that they are pitching out where he works (and he'll *deliver*, too!

Thats a nice VAX!. I forget the URL of where to find vax performance

<an external tape that, from his descriptions, I'm assuming is a TLZ30 or
<similar. One minor catch - they filled the disk and it won't boot. I tak

Never hard of that problem. I suspect soemthing else has happend.

<it I can conversational-boot it and use the console as the startup file to
<wrest control from the system in the earliest stages, then, at least, purg

Likely you can assuming the disk is even there at all. If all else fails
drop in a 200-400mb scsi drive and install VMS 7.2 (hobby license) and
go on that. Once up you can mount the offending drive and see.

<Did I miss anything? Is there a publish procedure for recovering from tota
<full disks, or will I have to go back to the manuals and remember how to d

Never seen that failure.

Received on Wed Dec 01 1999 - 10:15:49 GMT

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