I'm surprised that the field service people didn't know how the front panel
button was supposed to work!
I have used the front panel button to do a reset on an AlphaStation 200,
255, and 500. On these systems there is a jumper on the MLB that configures
the button to do either a reset or a halt. The factory setting is for a
reset. I haven't used any systems with the button configured to do a halt.
I just tried the button on a Personal Workstation and indeed it did behave
as you described. The user manual describes the front panel button as a
reset. It also mentions a switch on the MLB as a "test/diagnose (halt)
button". It seems to work no differently from the one on the front as if
the two were in parallel.
Unfortunately, things are always so complicated today. :-) The results
from the button vary according to the state of the system. I didn't find
any cases where the button does a reset.
o If VMS is running, the system is configured for a graphics console, and
the graphics console is not displayed, which is the normal mode of
operation for the system, pressing the button does indeed seem to stop
the system with no method of control after that. Cycling the system
power is the only thing that can be done.
o If the system is halted with the SRM prompt displayed, the system will
stop while the button is pressed and then resume when the button is
released. If a ">>> show" is done, the output from it will stop on
button press and resume on button release.
o If the system is booting up, and VMS has control of the system and the X
server hasn't started yet, the button does a halt. You can continue with
a ">>> continue". This is similar to the situation with Ctrl-C and
Ctrl-P. You can stop the system if the SRM boot process is running (quite
briefly) with Ctrl-C. After VMS takes control but before the X server
starts, Ctrl-P will stop the system.
o Once the X server has started, you can recall the graphics console with
Ctrl-F2. If the button is then pressed, the system will halt. You can
continue with ">>> continue" followed by Ctrl-F2.
o If the system is running while configured for a serial console, the
button does a halt at all times while VMS is running.
The language setting seems to work only while the system is using a serial
console. The key mapping is completely hosed when it is used when the
console set to graphics and a keyboard type of LK411, it might be different
with PCXAL. The "set language 0" followed by an "init" is in the user
manual. There is no reference to the mode of console operation. What works
differently when the language selection is made?
The sound hardware of the PWS is not supported by MMOV or VMS currently.
According to postings in this newsgroup, it might be supported in a future
version. Also according to postings here, a "standard" MS-compatible ISA
sound card will work in a PWS with the current version of MMOV.
The USB ports are also not supported currently. I don't know if there is
any chance that they will be supported in a future version.
Workstations running VMS are a little bit like the Macs. There are not that
many people using them, but the ones that do, are quite serious about them.
> as I only got a single response to my questions concerning my new
> PersonalWorkstation 500au, I would like to repost my questions again:
> 1.) the reset button doesn't work. Field service changed the CPU-board,
> the "raiser board" (I hope I got the spelling right), upgraded the
> firmware to V6.9, still no luck. Once VMS is up, pressing the reset
> button just freezes the system and I have to use the power switch!
> Booting the station under Win-NT resulted in a working reset switch :-(
> Anyone else seen this? Is this a firmware issue oder a VMS issue?
> Who else is using this workstation?
> 2.) There is definitely a bug in the firmware concerning the command
> "set language 0". Once you enter this command the keyboard gets completely
> messed up. Just a hint for those who intend to buy this machine.
> 3.) The sound card is not recognized by MMOV.
> 4.) Are the USB ports available under VMS?
> Christoph Gartmann
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