[rescue] VMS for VAXstation

Steve Sandau ssandau at gwi.net
Mon Jul 29 18:59:58 CDT 2013

On 07/29/2013 11:37 AM, David Brownlee wrote:
> On 29 July 2013 15:30, Scott Quinn <saquinn624 at aol.com> wrote:
>> Note that for VAXstation 3100s (and other early small SCSI VAXes) you need to
>> have a system drive smaller than 1.07GB
>> for VMS because VMS doesn't do partitions and the VAXstation 3100 VMB firmware
>> only does 6-byte SCSI commands.
>> *BSD will work as long as the root partition is kept to 1GB or smaller.
> <minor pedant alert>
> For BSD its the partition with the kernel (and boot loader unless you
> are particularly baroque), which is usually the root filesystem but
> can be otherwise - for example if you have a pair of disks and want to
> have a RAID1 root filesystem larger than 1G :)
> Mmmmm software RAID on a VAX...
> </minor pedant alert>

I have a 2G drive in there with OpenBSD on it, and it works fine. If I 
load VMS on that drive, will it just recognize the first 1.07G?

My other choice is a 400MB drive if that will be large enough for VMS 7.3.


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