Subject: Re: Are PC164 based alphas supported?
To: None <>
From: Matthew Jacob <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 08/06/1997 13:04:40
 >On Wed, 6 Aug 1997, Matthew Jacob wrote:
>> Your tricky problem is that you have to get a mass storage
>> controller that the SRM will understand. I happen to use
>> a Qlogic 1040. Curt Sampson or others have mentioned using
>> other PCI controllers.
>I can't see why it wouldn't understand the NCR 53c810 on a PCI
>card; many, many other DEC machines have that on the motherboard
>(still on the PCI bus). It's got the advantage of being cheap (about
>Cdn$85), too. It can sometimes be a bit flakey, but I've had pretty
>good success with it, and I'm actually using it in production
>systems on the i386.

Yes, it should see an NCR810. The reason why *I've* had problems
with this is that NASA && a lot of the Mountain View area
was flooded by the CSC NCR PCI controllers (NCR825), which *don't*
work for any of either the SRM boot monitors or NetBSD/Alpha
(I think they sorta work in i386). It's fallen low on priority
list to solve that problem.

I have also gotten both various Adaptec PCI controllers and the
BusLogic 958 to work on the PC164, but they aren't bootable I believe
because the SRM doesn't grok them.