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VAXstation NOSUCHFILE console boot error?

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The Question is:

I'm trying to boot an old VAXstation 3100 M38. When i type 'boot dka300' the
 system says
    PC = 00000BBE
Does it say that VMS is not installed (I've never seen this computer running),
 the hard drive crashed or is it another problem ?
Another question : I don't have any CD of VMS.
Must I buy a VMS license to re-install VMS if necessary ?
Many thanks.
Jean-Michel Bechet - Belgium

The Answer is :

  Please first install OpenVMS VAX on this system -- it appears that
  the target disk does not contain a (valid) copy of OpenVMS.
  In order to legally use OpenVMS, you must have a valid license.
  Information on the OpenVMS Hobbyist program and the associated
  CD-ROM distribution -- if this program is applicable to your planned
  use of this system -- is available in the OpenVMS FAQ.
  The OpenVMS Wizard knows of very few excuses that would apologize
  for the lack of a CD-ROM on this system or on other SCSI-capable
  systems.  If you choose to acquire a third-party CD-ROM drive, it
  must support 512 byte block transfers -- RRD-series CD-ROM drives
  have this support.

answer written or last revised on ( 17-JUL-2000 )

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