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MicroVAX II DEVINACT error on boot?

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The Question is:

I have a MicroVAX II system that will not boot.  I think the problem is the
hard drive but it could possibly be the controller.  I purchased a "user but
working" identical hard drive (Maxtor XT-2190 190MB) and installed it.  The
problem: after dusting off
 the VAX/VMS manuals they all deal with issues for running systems, not how
to get one up.  I'm sure the disk needs to be high and/or low level formated
but I don't even know where to begin doing this.
I have at my disposal a "stand alone backup" TK-50 tape which I can boot and
a good backup tape of the OS which I can restore once the system recognizes
the new drive.  When the system tries to boot from the disk I get the
[followed by the triple-caret console prompt -Wizard]
Can you give me an idea where to go from here?
Thanks. -jd

The Answer is :

  This appears to be a hardware problem or a hardware configuration
  problem -- OpenVMS is not active at this point, and the console is
  unable to successfully access the target device and thus cannot
  pass control to the operating system bootstrap.
  Please check existing discussions of the "serpentine" nature of the
  Q-bus module configuration available here in Ask The Wizard such as
  topic (1149), as well as reviewing pointers in the OpenVMS Frequently
  Asked Questions (FAQ) to various Q-bus-hardware-oriented websites.
  Also please see previous discussions around the effort involved in
  the integration and support of third-party disk devices.
  This could well be a problem with the Q-bus configuration, with the
  disk controller (probably an RQDX3 series controller), with the disk
  connection, with the disk itself, with the configuration settings, or
  with the wiring.
  Please contact your local hardware service organization for assistance.

answer written or last revised on ( 9-JUL-2001 )

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