The machine sounds a scary mix of Unibus and Qbus peripherals (a real Heath
Robinson!). Given you cannot deposit/examine memory and get correct results,
the bootstrap will halt because it runs some diagnostics (including memory)
before it attempts to boot a device.
The first step it is to strip down the system to the first system unit. You
can still leave all the cards in, just remove the unibus jumper from slot 9
and move the terminator M9302 into slot 9 (a-b). For good measure, I'd also
remove the M8217 from slot 9 (c-f) and put in a bus grant continuity card if
you have one. Since it's (now) the last slot, it shouldn't matter if the
grant card is missing.
Then try your memory deposit/examine test.
I'm assuming here that you have tested all the power supply voltages as it
appear that you have a fairly loaded system. Have a look at the following site
for more hints:-
I recently copied down the 32V source, and compiled the kernel with gcc. Much
to my surprise, most of it compiled. I then split out the machine dependent
versus the machine independent files (loose classification :-), and compiled
again. Naturally, in both cases, you could not actually build a kernel because
there are vax specific .s files, but the individual C files compiled. Not a bad
As a result, I've been giving serious consideration to porting it to Intel IA32
platforms. It's much simpler than the unix I worked on until last year (Tru64,
aka OSF/1 and Digital UNIX), and the 32V kernel is only a little bigger than the
original FreeDOS kernel I wrote. The Caldera license is pretty much a BSD
license, which could be considered an open source license. This means I should
be able to work on it without worrying about IP, although I'd still need
Should I undertake such an project, would there be enough interest to justify
You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do. -- Henry Ford
You should make some kind of status log, showing what parts of the system have been ported, and what still needs to be done. That would make it easier for others to help out.
----- Original Message -----
From: Wesley Parish <wes.parish(a)paradise.net.nz>
Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2003 4:56 am
Subject: Re: 32V update (was Re: [TUHS] While on the subject of 32V ...)
> I'm trying to work out whether or not gcc takes a look at its own
> header files
> before or after it looks at the ones I've set it to look at - I got
> weird warnings and error messages before I expanded the -I to
> gcc -I./../../include -I./../../include/sys -I./../sys/h
> Still need the *.s files in the libraries dealt with, and as
> before, I know
> nothing of the VAX assembler syntax and mostly x86 in Intel syntax.
> If anyone wants to join in with this, I would be very, very grateful.
> Wesley Parish
> P.S. I've got to redo the utilities - I think that once I get the
> sorted out, the utilities will be easy meat.
pray for us !!!
in these days we will try to change the broken chip on the pdp11/34
RL01 controller board.
some details will follow - we will put online as much information and
images as possibile.
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Just an update - I'm now compiling ~/[...]/32V/usr/src/libc/gen to *.o using
gcc set with -I../../include . Most of them compile smoothly.
I hope I'll have most of the library compiled to *.o soon, enough for using as
the basis for compiling the utilities to 32I.
Clinesterton Beademung - in all of love.
Mau e ki, "He aha te mea nui?"
You ask, "What is the most important thing?"
Maku e ki, "He tangata, he tangata, he tangata."
I reply, "It is people, it is people, it is people."
A few months ago I bought an EMULEX databook titled "DISK AND TAPE
PRODUCTS HANDBOOK". I found a quite interesting product named UC01. It
is a SCSI controller which can emulate two RLV11/RLV12's with 22bit
addressing. It means that you can mimic eight RL02 drives with a crisp
ZIP drive! Thus you can enjoy various versions of unix (modified v7,
2.9BSD, 2.11BSD a bit harsh? and maybe even modified v6) without huge
UC01 seems quite hard to find and expensive if
available. EZSystems(http://www.ezsystems.com/) has stocks, $345 each.
I want to know if it actually works well with my PDP-11/53 before I
try it. Has anyone experience with UC01?
Uploaded new kernel archive. Reworked Makefile. I got it to compile
with a stub file. Still much work rewriting machine dependent code.
Latest is 32v-031102-01.tar.gz. Available via anonymous ftp at