DOS-based VME computer?

From: Lyle Bickley <>
Date: Fri May 21 12:35:12 2004

We run software (LabView) on a VXI/VME ATE (Automated Test Environment). It's possible to find
386/486/Pentium processors that are modules that run on the bus - DOS/Windows and Linux. It's also
possible using an interface called "MXI" or "MXI-2" to use a standard PC with and MXI/MXI-2 interface
to a VXI/VME MXI/MXI-2 interface to run just as if it were part of the VXI/VME bus.

We use MXI-2 and a Windows/2000 workstation connected to a VXI/VME mainframe
with lots of DA/AD, Multimeters, etc.

This stuff is NOT cheap.... ePay or Test Equipment sites will all cost you
serious $ for anything close to current (w/i 8 years or so).


On Friday 21 May 2004 09:45, Vintage Computer Festival wrote:
> On Fri, 21 May 2004, emanuel stiebler wrote:
> > Vintage Computer Festival wrote:
> > > Odd, perhaps even stupid question:
> >
> > I think it was stupid thing to do (the boards)
> >
> > > Was there ever a DOS-based VME computer?
> >
> > yup
> >
> > > If so, has anyone got one? Want to sell it?
> >
> > No, don't have any. But if you look at:
> >
> >
> >
> > You can choose the board you like, and go hunting ;-)
> Ok, so the next question is a bit more complex.
> If I've got a VME interface board, and I'd like to run a program that runs
> under DOS on an ISA-based interface that does the same thing as the VME
> board, will that program work with the VME board or is the entire
> hardware/interrupt structure completely different?
> In other words, does MS-DOS think it's still running on an ISA system even
> though it's on a VME system? Or was there a special MS-DOS made for VME
> systems?
> I know I'm engaging in wishful thinking but I'm wondering if the DOS
> software will work with the VME board. I suppose if its going through
> BIOS then maybe, but my guess is that the software is directly accessing
> the ISA board hardware and will not work with the VME board in a VME
> system.

Lyle Bickley
Bickley Consulting West Inc.
"Black holes are where God is dividing by zero"
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