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OpenVMS on Personal Workstation -a series?

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The Question is:

have a Digital Personal Workstation 500a running windows nt... would like to
 see if I can run OpenVMS on it... and can't find the difference between the
 500a and 500au (which supports vms and unix) other than the graphics
 controller (the nt system has a m
atrox while the other systems have the powerstorm).
If this is the only difference, can I replace the graphics controller, transfer
 a few vms licenses to it (to get the total up large enough - I have a lot not
 in use at this time) and get vms installed?

The Answer is :

  OpenVMS is not supported on the -a series systems.  There are a
  variety of different -a series systems around, often with subtle
  variations even within a series.  Some folks have gotten OpenVMS
  to bootstrap (under the hobbyist license), and some have failed.

answer written or last revised on ( 7-SEP-2000 )

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