Subject: Re: ARC Firmware?
To: Tom Linden <email@example.com>
From: Curt Sampson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 10/06/1997 14:10:28
On Mon, 6 Oct 1997, Tom Linden wrote:
> The problem with THAT palcode is that it doesn't fir into all
> machines. I have an XL266. The flash rom is 500KB. To load
> the pal code that has both ARC and SRM you need 1 MB flash.
> Moreover, if you have the SRM console, booting netbsd is not
> a problem (I think).
This is not a major problem because, as you point out, the only
time you really need to use the ARC loader and the LILO PALcode is
when you don't have SRM console available.
> You can get the info from Digital that
> will allow you to build a bootstrap loader, but it is subject
> to a non-disclosure agreement that precludes you from shipping
> source based on this info.
This is only true of the ARC console. The SRM console information
is easily available in the _Alpha AXP Architecture Reference Manual_,
which can be ordered from any decent computer bookshop. (I got my
copy from www.clbooks.com.)
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