Subject: Re: SRM
To: Jon Lindgren <>
From: Andrew F. Seila <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 11/17/1999 10:10:56
On Wed, 17 Nov 1999, Jon Lindgren wrote:

> On Wed, 17 Nov 1999, Ted Lemon wrote:
> > 
> > SRM is the boot monitor - the thing that you type commands to before
> > the operating system is running.   When it starts up, you'll see that
> > it actually prints SRM followed by a version number.   Assuming you
> > have SRM on your Alpha, of course - there's another boot monitor for
> > booting Windows NT, whose name escapes me at the moment.   If you have
> > that, then you unfortunately can't boot NetBSD.
> That's ARC - I believe that's what Linux uses to boot as well.
> I forgot to mention that - since the SRM is stored in flash, it can be
> upgraded/overwritten by other firmware.  The only two which exist AFAIK
> are the SRM and ARC.
Actually, you can have both SRM and ARC installed simultaneously and you
can switch between them.  That is how my multia is setup - and AFAIK
that is what you get when you upgrade to the current version of the

Andy Seila