Sweet.. New toy..

From: Witchy <witchy_at_binarydinosaurs.co.uk>
Date: Thu Dec 23 18:01:26 2004

>> with a ribbon cable doing the cpu/memory interconnect while
>> the later ones
>> used the zero-force type white socket blocks found on the likes of the
>> HSD/HSZ RAID controllers and Alpha 1200 CPU modules.
> Are you sure about that? I thouht the only difference was that
> more wires were connected on the later backplane. You were
> supposed to be able to use anything (including a KA670) in
> the later backplanes but only a KA670 in the earlier one.

We've got several 4000 series VAXen in the workshop and one of them has
this backplane, I'm sure it's a 4000-505 or something of that ilk. I'm
back home in Newcastle for the festivities now, but I can mail the poor
saps left at work tomorrow and ask them to check :) I can also check my
own 4500 assuming the wind doesn't stop me getting to the garage tomorrow!
Oh, the levers that hold the boards in are on some sort of ratchet
arrangement from what I remember, it's been a few months since I was last
delving into the internals.

> If the difference was physically obvious, why rely on telling
> people the serial number range to distinguish one from another
> when simply looking would have done?

because end users weren't allowed to pull their machines apart to check?


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Received on Thu Dec 23 2004 - 18:01:26 GMT

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