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No display DS10 running OpenVMS 7.3, it was powered down 3 months ago. On power up no display, no consol output on the serial port. Any ideas would be appreciated?

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Re: No display

Hi sucb Clear nvram and replace memory then checked it will work. there is one black button on system board plz locate it and by pressing it put power on after the display comes update the firmware and bios. pls be free for any assist thanks

Posted on Sep 06, 2007

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How many OS supporting alphaserver ds10

HP Open VMS, HP Tru64 Unix, Linux, MS Windows

Oct 29, 2013 | Compaq AlphaServer DS10

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IP address change needed on a AlphaServer DS10

First, identify the NIC you wish to change; use:

$ MC LANCP <ret>


Next, use the menu driven utility "TCPIP$CONFIG", to set your desired IP address etc:


Option 1 - core environment

Option 2 - Interfaces (then select your NIC or the IP Addr to change)

Option 2 - add/change a Primary address on *** (where *** is your NIC).

May 15, 2012 | Compaq AlphaServer DS10

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I am not very familiar with Alpha. Do either of these manuals help? Here is a Console Reference and a Console Firmware guide that talks about it.


Mar 11, 2010 | Compaq AlphaServer DS10

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No HDD activity No video on display when switch on

probably itz either minor case of software corruption/improper ground/cpu fan..
or major case of faulty or defective main board/ram/daughter or addon card(s)..

..plz do check the following as in order:..
the Hardware part:..
1)a)in power on mode, open/unplug the data/vga cable of the monitor from cabinet..see if raster or 'osd' is appearing on the monitor screen..if so monitor is ok..else replace the monitor and see..[not applicable in case of laptop]..
b) in case of laptop try to get output from external display unit/monitor using vga port..if there's proper display in there..the problem is probably with either the 'lcd' or 'ccfl' or 'inverter circuit'..

2) if u hv a graphics card, replace with a standby or onboard and see..[not applicable in case of laptop]..

3) unplug mains supply..pick open/remove the cmos battery..check (above +3v)..resit..

4)see if the ram(s) is loose/ clean/remove carbon & or oxide formed on the teeth with an eraser n resit it..or replace with a standby n see..

5) a) see if ur hdd is noisy or emitting any 'ticking' noise (like 'tuk tuk' or 'kirr kirr')..
b) or if the system is not supporting either the newly installed device or itz software/driver /firmware
if so, u need either a fresh os installation or ur hdd is likely to b replaced..

6)remove/clean dust neatly..dust is non-uniform in nature n may cause jam/short circuitry/excess resistance n many more..resulting an increase in heat..

7) open the CPU Heat-Sink with fan out of the socket..put some "Heat Sink Compound" (available in local electronics chip level spare market) between the cpu/processor and the CPU Heat Sink *** fan..resit/fit it tightly in position..

8)on main/mother board..see with a debug card for mb error..may bshort..look for defective capacitors(esp above1000mfd)/mosfets..go through the mb's south bridge n the circuit lie around atx connector..the crystal clock generator (if cpu isn't heating up)..

9) [in case of desktop] the smps itself may b defective/faulty..check the outputs of smps viz. 0v (black~ground); +12v (yellow); +5v (red, green~ps-on, violet~pg& grey~sb); -12v (blue); -5v(white); +3.3v(orange)..the 'oscillator and error amplifier ic', or pwm switching regulator circuit..look for defective protector-transformer/resistance (esp 4.7k)/mosfet..
check the battery n adapter [main power], in case of laptops..

the Software part:..
1)hv a licensed and UPDATED antivirus installed (i prefer avg/kaspersky, remember, without updation a full version antivirus is useless)..

2) download, install n run microsoft kb890830..

3) download n run Startup Control Panel..'removeall the unnecessary startup items from here..(if u can't find what to remove, post me/us in ur comment with all the items listed in each n every tabs herein)..

4) remove all unnecessary software from add/remove programs..

5) download, install n run 'Advanced System Care Pro'..

6)disable the following:..
a)'Automatically Restart' right click on my computer->properties->advanced->startup n recovery->(un check on the) Automatically Restart;
b)'Error Reporting' right click on my computer->properties->advanced->error reporting->disable error reporting->(uncheck on the) 'but notify me when critical error occur'..

7) Increase the size of Virtual Memory, Initial: 1440; Maximum: 2880

if u r not a professional, always better to seek advise from ur system admin/vendor....

Nov 16, 2009 | Compaq AlphaServer DS10

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DS10 with SBS PCI Expansion

Version 7.1-2 is an older version of the OS. I will have to check, but I think that V7.2 will resolve this. What version of TCP/IP are you using? Back in the day when I supported TCP and VMS, there were some timing issues that causes odd behavior. If you can provide the details about your configuration, I can check and get back to you. If necessary, an examination of a forced crashdump may be needed.

A rare opportunity to work with VMS again!!

Good stuff.

Aug 01, 2008 | Compaq AlphaServer DS10

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Hello Narvaar

I believe I've found what you need.

HERE is the OpenVMS home page

HERE is the support page for all the HP OpenVMS versions through 7.x & OpenVMS VAX 7.x

HERE is the support page for OpenVMS 7.x including manuals.

HERE is HP/Compaq's customer support contact information. If the info. and downloads aren't available on the site, customer support should be able to help you.

HERE is their "Questions Before You Buy" contact information.

Please, let me know if you have any difficulty accessing any of these sites or if you have any more questions at all, comments, etc. We're here to help.

Thank you,
BJ @:)

Apr 12, 2008 | Compaq AlphaServer DS10

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You can get all the hardware that is supported on both HP's Site and the site.

HP has a hobyist section here:

If you just want to see what OpenVMS looks like and play with it in an emulator.

Apr 12, 2008 | Compaq AlphaServer DS10

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DS10L AlphaServer CPU Fan Failure

The answer is to get hold of a high-speed case fan. I used a Scythe s-flex 80mm which has a +/- 5% RPM of 2800. rearrange the pins or use a choc-block such that yellow -> black, red -> yellow, black -> red. Hey presto.
Works for me.

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