vax, cdroms, etc

From: R. Stricklin <>
Date: Wed Mar 10 18:27:52 1999

On Wed, 10 Mar 1999, Pete Turnbull wrote:

> That means that only a few CD-ROM drives will be bootable, such as Toshiba
> 3301, 3401, and a few old Sony drives -- and all of those will need to be
> set up correctly. On the Toshibas, that means a minor internal
> modification, unless you get one that was previously used on a Vax,
> Sparcstation, or SGI.

Almost any Plextor CD-ROM drive will have a jumper that will enable it to
be used on a host expecting 512k blocks.

I understand that many newer Toshiba CD-ROMs will also work equally well
with 512k or 2048k blocks. As far as I'm aware, of the older Toshiba
CD-ROM drives only the 3201B (3401B? I forget) is modifiable.

Real DEC RRD-42 drives turn up on eBay occasionally, but I understand they
use a non-standard caddy so make sure you get one. I learned this from Tim
Shoppa so I'm sure he can correct me if I'm wrong.

Received on Wed Mar 10 1999 - 18:27:52 GMT

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