Dear Santa, I would like a VAX....

From: Adrian Vickers <>
Date: Sat Jan 18 17:51:09 2003

Having fond memories of using VAXen (specifically, an 8800) back in my
'stoodent' days, and in more recent times too (unknown type _at_ JP Morgan),
and further having seen numerous references to OpenVMS & VAXen on this
list, I got to thinking...

I'd actually quite like a VAX.

Unfortunately, this is probably impossible in the short term - unless I
want to buy the MicroVAX 3100 currently on eBay _at_ a fiver. But that's not a
*real* VAX, it's just not big enough... And besides, it hasn't got a
CD-ROM, which I will need to load OpenVMS.

Anyway, following yet another link posted on this list revealed the PDP-11
(and, coincidentally, VAX) simulator. Nice. So I downloads it, along with
MinGW (anyone else think of "minging[1] Windows" immediately, or is it just
me?), compile it, and eventually figure out roughly how to get to the basic
VAX ">>>" prompt. And here, I'm rather stuck.

So, does anyone have any nice'n'easy instructions on how to get the SIMH
VAX simulator ready for OpenVMS? I've read both the simulator document &
the VAX document, and I'm still well in the dark WRT how to get it up &
running... Basically, I've no idea what devices to ATTACH, what or how to
configure it, and so forth.

Obviously, I'll have to sort out an OpenVMS kit before I can do anything
remotely useful, and I'll probably need an extra HDD in the PC (<1gig free
now), blah blah. (oh yes, and Hans has found several faults in my websites
which I /really/ ought to fix first... - but, well, you know how it goes :)

So, can anyone help?


[1] "minging" {v}: "really ugly" (he/she's minging) or quite smelly and
rotten (that bin's minging). UK expression (poss. Northern UK only).
Cheers, Ade.
Be where it's at, B-Racing!
Received on Sat Jan 18 2003 - 17:51:09 GMT

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