Booting RSX-11M On A PDP-11/34

From: Bob Shannon <>
Date: Sun Jun 10 10:41:34 2001

Maybe the software is looking for a VT52 / VT100.

DEC serial ports are hard-configured. RSX-11 eh? Eeeeeeek!

Personally, I'd reccomend running RT-11. I have RL01 disks with
RT-11....I really ought to get my 11/34 running again soon....I miss it.

"Zane H. Healy" wrote:

> >I have pretty much no experience with DEC systems, or at least PDP-11s
> >anyway. I have an 11/34 with three RL01 drives (only two are connected). The
> >system works fine, I get the register printout on the console LA120, and I
> >can examine, deposite, etc. When I put the RSX-11M pack in the RL01 drive,
> >and ready it, I don't get any fault ligtht or anything. When I get
> >everything set up, I tell the system to boot from drive 0. The light on the
> >drive flashes rapidly, and I can hear it spinning. Then I get a lot of line
> >feeds on the console, along with a few seemingly random characters, usually
> >lower case Rs, Ss, and Ms. So, if anyone can tell me what I am doing wrong,
> >or what I need to be doing, I would greatly appreciate it.
> >
> >Thanks,
> >Owen
> It sounds to me as if you're doing everything right. You're just not
> getting the output on the console you should be. This has me wondering a
> few things.
> Did you get everything as a whole or is this something you're trying to put
> together from a variety of sources? If you did get this as a whole, is it
> put together in the same manner it was when this was a working
> configuration. Do you have all the packs mounted that were normally
> mounted when it was in a working condition.
> What version of RSX-11M? Do you know the actual state of your disk pack?
> Do you have a terminal besides the LA120? Do you have Serial lines besides
> the one the LA120 is on?
> Do you have hardware documentation on the 11/34?
> Now for anyone reading this, can the 11/34 do something funky like change
> the speed of it's console line without having to use hardware jumpers? I
> don't think it can, but from the fact that all that's being printed out,
> that's my first thought, however, the fact everything looks to work before
> trying to boot RSX this doesn't look to be the problem.
> Zane
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