VAXstation vs MicroVAX (was Re: dammit...)

From: Roger Ivie <>
Date: Thu Dec 2 09:44:16 1999

>The only unique thing about the VS2000s I have is they 8mb, 12 and 14mb
>ram respectively. A note on that is MV2000 is not fast mostly due to disk
>IO but adding ram to the 14mb limit does really help if there is any
>swaping going on. Of course finding ram is the real trick.

I have a MicroVAX 2000 that was used to test the hybrid data separator
in the 3100 as they came off the assembly line. It has a plastic box
attached to the top with a ZIF connector, which is wired to the guts
of the 2000 such that the 2000 can reroute the data from the disk drives
through the ZIF connector. The test app runs under VMS; it locks itself
into memory, switches to the hybrid data separator, then runs tests on
the data separator using the disk (RD32) from which it booted.

I'll have to take a picture of it someday and put it on a web site

I wound up with it because the company that made the data separators
couldn't figure out how to break into the system. I had the console
auto-log into an account that just ran the test app. All they had to
do to break in was hook a terminal up to the 25-pin port and punch

Roger Ivie
Received on Thu Dec 02 1999 - 09:44:16 GMT

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.0 : Fri Oct 10 2014 - 23:31:53 BST