Subject: Re: 3000/600
To: Bryan McWhirt <>
From: Ted Sikora <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 06/01/2000 15:07:52
Bryan McWhirt wrote:
> OK, well I will have to go over the docs for nero burnning rom to figure
> that out then.   I ran out of HD space on my PC for the 3rd time and am
> waiting on the finances to get a 30G HD (so if anyone wants to buy a
> slightly used Kodak DC265 digi-cam let me know).  Anyway I ended  up
> deleteing my old linux partition for space and pulled out this DEC Alpha
> 3000/600 to play on.  Asuming I do get it running.  Thanks for the help
> Bryan
> writes:
> >Bryan McWhirt writes:
> >> So it's an ISO not an actual file?  The actual documentation in that
> >> directory were extreamly vauge.
> >
> >No it is not an ISO. :-)  Yes, now it is really confusing.  Basically it
> >is an "image" that more or less is just like the first few meg of
> >a hard drive.  It has the normal boot sector, bootstrap, and kernel just
> >like it would be on a hard drive. (hence the cdhdtape)
> >The boot sector has some magic that convinces the alpha it is a nice
> >bootable device when it is written to a CD a HD, or a TAPE.
> >
> >I will agree that the README.files doesn't clearly say that the image
> >should be written directly to a CD in "raw" mode.  It shows examples
> >of a hard drive or tape though that, I guess, are meant to be
> >extrapolated.
> >:)  If you were to come up with an improved paragraph about 'cdhdtape' and
> >file a bug report via 'send-pr' it would probably get fixed.
> >
> >Anyway, you should be able to write it out raw with cdrecord under NetBSD,
> >or via something like NERO ( under Windows.

Just follow the NetBSD-alpha faq on how to use Nero. That's what I did.
Just # b dka4 worked for me.
Under Nero:
Type of image: data mode 1
            Block size: 2048
            Image header (bytes): 0
            Image trailer (bytes): 0

and leave the "Raw Data", "Scrambled" and "Swapped" checkboxes
unchecked. Burn!

Ted Sikora
Jtl Development Group