[vcf-midatlantic] VAX/RD54 recovery

VAXman at tmesis.org VAXman at tmesis.org
Sun Aug 2 10:30:47 EDT 2020

Connor Krukosky via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org>
>David, Those drives are safe at my house, the museum seemed to have no
>interest in them since if they planned to get any machines going they
>planned to run some of your boards and not original drives even if they
>did work. Glad to see you were able to get the head amp board hooked up
>to one of these. We should be-able to recover what was on the original
>I have not attempted anything with them myself but I have one of your
>boards I plan to build up with a future digikey order. I have been
>working on some new boards I designed I need to get up and going not
>related to vintage computing. The next time I am at the museum I can
>drop them off somewhere so you can look at them if you'd like. 
>I believe I was not able to get MOP booting working on the Vax... I
>believe it was an issue with it being a Microvax II. I really ought to
>drag my Microvax II up and see if I can attempt to get it net booting. I
>have only gotten later Vaxen going with my MOP boot setup. Specifically
>a 3900 and some 3100s. 

Satellite booting work(s/ed) just fine with MicroVAX-II and onward. In the
DoD labs I once worked as well as GE Astrospace/NASA Mars Observer, nearly
all VMS workstations were diskless.  They booted from the network and the
storage for them was server from the central cluster.

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