VAXStation 3100 problems :(

From: Clint Wolff <>
Date: Tue Nov 16 23:24:31 1999

On 16 Nov 1999 wrote:

> I was looking at your message and a few other things came to mind.. I should
> really condense all my thoughts _before_ writing :)
> (1) I'd highly doubt the VS2000 graphics board would fit in the 3100.. I
> tried to check the size of a VS2000 memory board once (since my VS3100's
> failed and its only got 4 meg now) and it didnt fit, so i'd imagine it
> would be more or less the same scenario with the video card.

My memory served me right... The VS2000 graphics board is a VS40X 4 plane,
and the VS3100 is a VS40X 8 plane. The boards are the same size/shape/
connector location, and the VS3100 recognizes the 4 plane board, but
reports an error (Probably because the firmware is downlevel). I will
try the 8 plane in the 2000 sometime soon.
> (2) I dont know if you'd want to bother running Ultrix on the thing; you
> could either get a free license of OpenVMS 7.2 (newest version) from
>, or you could run NetBSD on the system,
> which I gather runs _very_ well now that SCSI DMA has been implemented
> in the newest devel kernels. Using either of those routes, you'd at
> least get something pretty modern... Going back to Ultrix would mean
> digging up an old version with probably no support at all.. I gather
> that Ultrix wasnt a particularly great implementation of UNIX, either,
> however i've never actually used it myself so I guess I can't speak
> authoritively on the issue.

Unfortunately, I don't like VMS (duck and cover)... NetBSD is slowly
getting there, but there wasn't any support for the console port the
last time I looked. I have Ultrix 3.1, but before I figure out
how to attach the TK50 drive, I wonder if it will run... I'm still
looking for the Ultrix Window System 3.1 (or 3.0) though... I'm willing
to trade VMS license PAKs (real ones) for a variety of layered products
for a UWS 3.0/3.1 license and TK50.

Besides, I like running apropriate OSs on old machines...

> -Sean Caron (

BTW, I just finished get NetBSD netbooted onto the machine... I pulled
the 8 plane board, and wiggled the memory board, and the memory error
went away... More playing is necessary...

Received on Tue Nov 16 1999 - 23:24:31 GMT

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