Getting PDP 11/03 running, last update to the saga for tonight

From: Vintage Computer Festival <>
Date: Thu Feb 3 05:36:57 2005

Ok, so I found some (3) RT11 system disks, just where they should have
been. Duh.

I tried booting each and I don't get anything. The drive klunks and I see
the drive LED blink two times but then nothing. It seems something is not

Believe it or not, this is the first real time I've played around with a
PDP 11 so I'm green here. Am I attempting to boot correctly? I turn on
power, then turn on DC. If I have the ENABLE switch on then it tries to
boot from the floppies (at least it sounds and looks like it). Where
should the LTC switch be? ON or OFF? The only difference I notice is
that when I issue a 173000G I get a prompt back immediately instead of the
system "locking up".

BTW, when I halt the system after the booting fails, it always comes back
showing it halted at 173204.

I found a millipede walking around my warehouse. I have no idea how he
got there, but I took pity on him and put him outside in a fern where he

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