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MicroVAX 3500 Q-bus and bootstrap questions? (ta

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The Question is:

This is not really a VMS-only question :)
Just the need to boot the expected 5.3 there.
I have a mv3500 in a BA213 enclosure, and I can't
get it to go over the Boot Prompt '>>>' after
self-test 3..
All booting of devices results in DEVINACTIVE
The PROM Version is V1.2/123 - more details
are on http://www.fips.de/computer/mv3500_e.html
I hardly need documentation of that little
console to get that disks online and booting.
Gimme that VMS back, I miss it for 5 years now %-)

The Answer is :

  Information on the console bulkhead used on the MicroVAX II (KA630),
  the VAXstation 3200 (KA650), the MicroVAX and VAXstation 3500 (KA650),
  and the MicroVAX 3600 (KA655) series is present in the OpenVMS Frequently
  Asked Questions (FAQ).
  DEVINACTIVE and DEVOFFLINE would tend to indicate a hardware problem,
  either a controller or disk hardware problem or configuration error, or
  a Q-bus configuration error.  (See previous discussions of setting up the
  Q-bus here in Ask The Wizard such as topic (1149), and see the Q-bus
  information in the OpenVMS FAQ.  Make absolutely certain that you follow
  the exact instructions for correctly determining the required settings,
  and then for determining the current settings needed for the settings of
  the CSRs and interrupt vectors for each Q-bus device present.)

answer written or last revised on ( 9-JUL-2001 )

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