The Question is:
On my Alpha 600A workstation there are two
USB connectors. Is there any use for them
when running OpenVMS on this box, in other
words are USB devices supported under OpenVMS, and if so, which type of devices
are and which are not?
The Answer is :
The Personal Workstation -a series is not supported by OpenVMS.
This (lack of) support status for all members of the Personal
Workstation -a series -- these platforms specifically targeted
use with Microsoft Windows NT only -- has been mentioned before
here in Ask The Wizard, and is also mentioned in the OpenVMS FAQ.
Specifically, please see the OpenVMS FAQ section entitled "OpenVMS
on the Personal Workstation -a and -au series?"
Prototype USB support was available for certain configurations
of the AlphaStation and AlphaServer series via ECO, but there
are presently no supported USB connections available -- while there
do exist USB connectors on various platforms including the AlphaStation
DS10, AlphaServer DS10, AlphaStation XP900, and AlphaServer ES40, the
USB port is not functional.
Official USB support is planned for inclusion into OpenVMS in
support of future hardware platforms; platforms which will
include supported USB connections.