[rescue] VAX hardware (wanted)
mcguire at neurotica.com
Sun Jan 4 16:40:19 CST 2004
On Jan 4, 2004, at 3:46 PM, Corey wrote:
> Any list subscribers out there with old piles
> of VAX hardware? I recently acquired a VAX 3400
> on which I intend to install NetBSD and put up
> on to the net. The problem is that NetBSD does
> not support the integrated DSSI (a predecessor
> of SCSI) controller. Therefore, I either must
> hang SCSI drives off of the QBus SCSI controller
> (an ugly, inelegant fix) or find a QBus DSSI
> controller, which NetBSD will talk to. The
> part number is KFQSA-SG, which is the standard
> DEC QBus DSSI controller for the BA213 enclosure.
> If you have one to sell/trade/donate, kindly
DSSI is *not* a predecessor to SCSI. Modern SCSI has surpassed it in
terms of transfer speed, but DSSI does things that SCSI has never, and
will never do.
Picture logging into a disk drive and running a process on it o
generate seek length distribution histograms in ASCII graphics.
But more to the point...I think I have a KFQSA here somewhere, but
I'm in the middle of moving and I have no idea where it might be. I
will look for it.
Why is adding SCSI disks to the QBus SCSI controller ugly and
Dave McGuire "My tummy hurts now, but my soul
St. Petersburg, FL feels a little better." -Ed
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