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getting vms 7.3.1 on alpha to boot fully from the console prompt

 
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Matthew Murdock
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getting vms 7.3.1 on alpha to boot fully from the console prompt

For some reason as I do a >>>Boot, the system boots ok, but just after it loads the VMS header, it drops out to a DCL($) prompt. then I have to type in SYS$SYSTEM:STARTUP to continue and finishing bootstrapping the OS to the login prompt (actually starts DECMotif Windowing). How do i get it past that little annoyance. Thanks.
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Jan van den Ende
Honored Contributor

Re: getting vms 7.3.1 on alpha to boot fully from the console prompt

Matthew,

without (much) more detail, the first thing I would check is the value of the SYSGEN param
STARTUP_P1
I would not be surprised if it is set to "MIN"
_IF_ that is the case, do
$ MC SYSGEN
USE CURRENT
SET STARTUP_P1 ""
WRITE CURRENT
EXIT
$

hth

Proost.

Have one on me.

jpe
Don't rust yours pelled jacker to fine doll missed aches.
Hoff
Honored Contributor
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Re: getting vms 7.3.1 on alpha to boot fully from the console prompt

This is almost certainly the console startup as determined by the SYSBOOT (SYSGEN) setting of SET /STARTUP=OPA0: and not the STARTUP_MIN setting mentioned earlier. The former gets you to the $ prompt when set to OPA0: and the latter gets you a partial or full boot depending on its "MIN" or "" setting, respectively; the STARTUP_P1 doesn't get you to the $ prompt either way.

Boot conversationally, and then:

SYSBOOT> SET /STARTUP=SYS$SYSTEM:STARTUP.COM

Available reading on conversational bootstraps, etc, at:

http://labs.hoffmanlabs.com/node/204
Steven Schweda
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Re: getting vms 7.3.1 on alpha to boot fully from the console prompt