[FAQ publication?] was: RE: MicroVAX I update

From: Michael Sokolov <msokolov_at_ivan.Harhan.ORG>
Date: Tue Jan 27 05:51:59 2004

Witchy <witchy_at_binarydinosaurs.co.uk> wrote:

> I'd forgotten for example that
> early MicroVAX consoles didn't include things like a useful SHOW command.
> With the MV I you don't even have the good ol' TEST 50 (or was it 75?) to
> show the config.

My hunch is that MV I has a microcode console like 11/750 and 8200, so it's
going to be VERY terse and bare-bones. MV II (KA630) has a 64 KB ROM with the
console coded in VAX instructions, but you still have single-character commands
and fairly minimal subset functionality. T 50 (T, not TEST) is on the VS2000.

I know your feeling, I've also been too used to my KA655s for too long.

My current day job is implementing a ROM monitor for custom PowerPC products.
Being the VAX lover that I am, I designed it to look like a VAX console. I
implemented the >>> prompt and the usual commands, though changed a bit since
the PowerPC CPU is most definitely not a VAX (unfortunately). It's open source
in my CVS, I will post a pointer when the code is a bit cleaner so I'm not
embarrassed to show it to the world.

MS (you've guessed it right... the example I modeled it after is KA655)
Received on Tue Jan 27 2004 - 05:51:59 GMT

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