The Question is:
I just inherited a 433a workstation. I read in:
that I can't install OpenVMS.
An upgrade package from the PWS-a to PWS-au is/was offered.
Do you have details on this?
The Answer is :
This -a to -au series upgrade was retired some years ago, some time
after the announcement of the cancellation of Windows NT on Alpha
hardware; around the time the basic 433a and 433au series platforms
were replaced and themselves no longer available for sale.
This Personal Workstation -a-series system and other -a systems are
not and were not supported by OpenVMS Alpha, and the OpenVMS Wizard
is aware of no plans to extend support to these systems.
You may or may not be able to get this system to operate with OpenVMS
Alpha, and -- if you do succeed in bootstrapping the system -- parts
of this system hardware may or may not function. (See the OpenVMS
FAQ for at least one area -- the CD drive bootstrap support -- that
is known to have problems.)
Other topics relevent to this discussion are available here in the
Ask The Wizard area, and also see the OpenVMS FAQ. Related topics
include (3044), (3119), (3132), (3820), (3977), (4490), (4934),
(5011), (5118), (5584), (5604), (7162), (7386) and likely others.