Ultrix4.5 Supported Hardware (VAX)

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urbancamo

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Oct 31, 2008, 6:41:01 AM10/31/08
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Hi,

Can anyone point me to a list of supported machines for Ultrix 4.5
running on VAX?
Alternatively, what is the quickest desktop/deskside box it will run
on?

Thanks for the help,

Mark.

Dennis Grevenstein

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Oct 31, 2008, 7:14:35 AM10/31/08
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urbancamo <ma...@wickensonline.co.uk> wrote:
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> Can anyone point me to a list of supported machines for Ultrix 4.5
> running on VAX?

from memory:

VAX 11/something
VAX 8XXX
VAX 9000
VAX 62X0, 63X0, 64X0, 65X0
MicroVAX 3300, 3400, 3500, 3600, 3800, 3900
MicroVAX/VAXstation I, II and III
MicroVAX/VAXstation 2000
VAXstation 3100/30, 3100/40, 3100/38, 3100/48
MicroVAX 3100/10, 3100/20, 3100/10e, 3100/20e

> Alternatively, what is the quickest desktop/deskside box it will run
> on?

From a performance/size perspective, the VAXstation 3100/38
is best if you want real hardware. simh can emulate a MicroVAX
3900 (I think) and it will run ULTRIX too.

Dennis

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Michael Kraemer

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Oct 31, 2008, 8:39:51 AM10/31/08
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In article <e15d89b2-0c50-489c...@c2g2000pra.googlegroups.com>,

urbancamo <ma...@wickensonline.co.uk> writes:
> Hi,
>
> Can anyone point me to a list of supported machines for Ultrix 4.5
> running on VAX?
> Alternatively, what is the quickest desktop/deskside box it will run
> on?

I have it "running" (or maybe I should say "crawling" :-)
on a VAXstation 3100/M30 and an /M38, still to be found
every now and then on auction or as a gift.
Ultrix/VAX is restricted to GPX graphics, the better "SPX"
boards do not run.

P.Lj

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Nov 18, 2008, 5:25:25 PM11/18/08
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Hi,

The fastest VAX you can run is a emulated one, see stromasys.com


^P

Michael Kraemer

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Nov 19, 2008, 3:46:23 AM11/19/08
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P.Lj schrieb:

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> Hi,
>
> The fastest VAX you can run is a emulated one, see stromasys.com
>

that's not the real thing.

P.Lj

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Nov 19, 2008, 5:50:58 AM11/19/08
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No, but certified as, much faster and virtual.

^P

Mark Wickens

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Nov 12, 2011, 2:57:14 PM11/12/11
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I have acquired a VAXstation 3100 M38 and installed Ultrix. Initially this was via a VT320 serial console, but I received parts to make a video cable yesterday and made one up this morning. When I flipped the console switch I got a terminal display on the flat panel, and the keyboard worked fine. However, I wasn't able to get an X server up and running.

Is this because of the previously mentioned restriction on graphics card support, ie, no support for SPX graphics. Is there a way in which I can check which graphics I have in this box (presumably failing all else I can open the box and check the PCB)?

I seem to remember that compiling up X11R6 is straightforward on Ultrix. Would this be a possible solution if I do indeed have unsupported graphics with the shipped X server.

Michael Kraemer

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Nov 21, 2011, 5:05:41 AM11/21/11
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Mark Wickens schrieb:
> However, I wasn't able to get an X server up and running.
>
> Is this because of the previously mentioned restriction on graphics card support, ie, no support for SPX graphics.

Could well be.

> Is there a way in which I can check which graphics I have in this box (presumably failing all else I can open the box and check the PCB)?

maybe at the console:
sho dev
?

> I seem to remember that compiling up X11R6 is straightforward on Ultrix.
> Would this be a possible solution if I do indeed
> have unsupported graphics with the shipped X server.

No clue. But even if it's "straightforward", I would assume
that some low-level support for SPX would be needed.
Btw, the SPX has a jumper which dumbs it down to GPX level,
but even this doesn't help here.
Having a pile of 31xx the only solution for me was
to redistribute the cards so the 3176's got SPX,
the 3100's got GPX. 3176's run VMS, the others Ultrix.
Another possibility would be to use the monochrome output.
On a regular monitor this would be ugly green, of course,
but if you're lucky you could still spot one of those
black&white DEC VRxxx's.
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