Post by Three Jeeps
Am cleaning out/organizing corner of my basement where my mVAXes are and came across a set of about 50 CDs (DVDs?) that are for OpenVMS June 1996 (AG-QWUYA-XE).
I didn't remember even having these.
Both of my machines are mothballed so I am wondering if there is anyway to read them on a mac OSX machine, or windoz or linux machines?
Never had the reason to ask the question about them being readable on another OS (with the right helper program)but I'd like to see if these disks are readable.
There are two (or maybe more) questions here:
1) can the media be physically read in a drive readily
2) if the media can be physically read, can the on disk
structures and data (potentially including all the fun
of the RMS metadate) be meaningfully interpreted by some
reasonably widely available software?
3) is the on-disk data really what it claims to be?
4) what useful purpose might it serve?
I can't usefully answer many of those questions, but trying
one or two of the CDs in a drive known to work with SIMH
VAX could be a good starting point.
Another starting point might be one of the small number of
ODS-2 readers which used to be freely available around the
AG-QWUYA-TE seem to have been part of the OpenVMS VAX
Consolidated Software Distribution for June 1996, which
would appear to be a set of 10 CDs (details below). Add
some more CDs for the Consolidated Online Documentation
(CONOLD) and maybe some more for the VAX/VMS OS itself,
maybe that might make quite a lot of CDs, but 50???
See e.g. the readme at
which starts with
%DISC_PRODUCT_NAME1 OpenVMS VAX Consolidated
%DISC_PRODUCT_NAME2 Software Distribution
%KIT_PART_NUMBER QA-VWJ8A-W8. AT01
%RELEASE_DATE June 1996
Have a lot of fun.