MicroVAX 3100 questions

From: Christopher Cureau <chrisc_at_addpower.com>
Date: Fri Aug 8 09:25:04 2003

Hi, everyone!

I've become the new owner of a nice MicroVAX 3100, and I'm trying to learn
more about it. I had a few hardware-related questions, and I'm hoping that
someone here can give me some insight.

This is what I know about the system so far -- it's got three RZ26 drives
in it, although one appears to have died, since SHOW DEV only reports two
installed. If I were to replace the failed one, do I need to get my hands
on another Digital drive, or will any SCSI drive work with VMS? Also, I've
heard that some vaxes (or was it VMS, or both?) have limits on the size of
the drive it will work with...what would work best in this system?

My VAX came with VMS 5.5-2 installed, but I'd like to go ahead and get the
hobbyist license and move to 7.2. Will my little VAX handle it? It's got
16 megs of memory and about 2 gigs of hard disk space (unless I can coax
that other RZ26 into working...) Also, I don't have a CDROM, or a place to
put it in the case. Again, if I get an external SCSI case, does it or the
CDROM I put in it need to be specific to the VAX?

Thanks in advance for your help! I'm really looking forward to putting
this machine back into service...

Chris Cureau
Received on Fri Aug 08 2003 - 09:25:04 BST

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