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VAXstation and Licensing?

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The Question is:

Please be kind.  I have inherited a Vaxstation 4000-90 which has VMS 5.5-2
 installed.  Someone has removed (stolen) the graphics adapter, screen and
 keyboard.  So I connected a VT420 to the serial port on the back.
VMS boots up but identifies the Vaxstation as #378 unknown Vaxstation 4000-90
 and VMS will not load any licenses.
So, is this machine trash or can I do something?
Thanks for your time.

The Answer is :

  Part of the licensing check involves the graphics controller and/or
  the presence of the keyboard.
  Assuming you have followed the FAQ discussion of setting up a serial
  console, you will want to acquire a graphics controller for this box.
  You might want to try a more recent OpenVMS VAX release, but the
  OpenVMS Wizard does not hold out particular hope for this.

answer written or last revised on ( 9-MAR-2004 )

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