I’ve spent too much time recently trying to bring up an old 486DX2/66 with a version of Windows 3.X with TCP/IP. Rather than record all my mistakes, I decided to just share this video on how to do it properly.

So far we’ve set up and Econet Level 1 server, and a Level 2 server. Now it’s time to try Level 3. Again we’ll be using an emulation of a BBC Model B with a 65C02 Second Processor and two floppies. So we’ll be carrying on with pretty much the same hardware set up as […]

Posted by under 8 bit Micros,Acorn,Econet,Emulation,Networking on February 7 2018, 0 comments

Ok, so we’ve set up an Econet Level 1 file server, so now we might as well kill it and have a Level 2 server instead. Why bother? Well, Level 2 gives us usernames and passwords for a start, which makes it seem more like a proper system and doesn’t restrict the same station to […]

Posted by under 8 bit Micros,Acorn,Econet,Emulation,Networking on February 6 2018, 0 comments

There are some things that maybe shouldn’t be done. Emulating a network of ’80s 8-bit micros is probably one of them. The idea here is to set up, under emulation, the file server for an Acorn Econet network, and then add a client running on the same host. After that, we’ll try a client running […]

As WinXP is now officially an old operating system, I suppose I can get away with connecting it to a network that connect old and emulated kit. So it is time for the aged Dell X300 to join HECnet, a DECnet. Obviously, to do this I’m going to need an XP machine. Luckily my main […]

Posted by under DECnet,HECnet,Linux,Networking on August 31 2017, 0 comments

Finally I’ve got around to tinkering with DECnet for Linux (again!). DECnet had been in the Linux Kernel for a long time, but very few people used it. This probably explains why it was marked as “orphaned” in the kernel in February 2010. As I’ve not had any success getting it to work on any […]

Posted by under DECnet,Networking,SIMH,Ultrix,VAX on April 30 2017, 0 comments

It has taken a while, but I’ve finally got around to trying DECnet for Ultrix 4.0. For this you’ll need an image of the DECnet for Ultrix 4.0 install tape [here] You’ll also need a license to use it. You can find one if you look hard enough on t’internet but I’m not going to […]

Posted by under DECnet,HECnet,Networking,OpenVMS (VAX),Ultrix,VAX on November 12 2013, 0 comments

What is HECnet? HECnet is a DECnet that connects different people who play around with different DEC machines. The network should not be regarded as a serious networking setup, nor should it be expected to work 24/7. It’s a hobby project between people who think it’s fun to create a DECnet network. HECnet is basically […]

Posted by under Emulation,Networking,SIMH,TCP/IP,Ultrix,VAX on July 2 2012, 0 comments

I’ve had a look at getting an old copy of ULTRIX (Unix for the VAX) running. Having already got Simh up and running, I just cloned the SD card from the VMS host and deleted the VMS specific bits, copied across an image of the Ultrix 4.0 install tape, knocked together a shonky .ini file […]

After getting TCP/IP and a web server working on the simulated VAX, the next logical step would seem to be getting DECnet up and running, and then connecting to other machines. Given the choice of HECnet or the Italian Hobbyist DECnet, I plumped for HECnet. Then, of course I set about doing everything in completely […]