Subject: Re: AXPpci 33 166MHz Mobo & parity RAM?
To: Chris Tribo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Ross Alexander <email@example.com>
Date: 06/03/2001 06:32:58
If you're patient you'll probably see some ram come up on eBay (as I
Related to the cache, I used supported cache chips from a couple of 486
boards. Is there any way of knowing if it's detected & functioning? I
don't see any SRM or NetBSD command that would tell me this.
* "T. Martin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> The Ram is True parity 36bit.
> Teh 1 Meg cache ram chips are obsolete and scarce as hens teeth. Go
> get the cache chips off old 486 boards to get the 256k needed. Its
> actually 384k I think, but it sees it as 256k. It does help but don't
> expect miracles out the noname, it was a low end server.
> Achilles' Biological Findings:
> (1) If a child looks like his father, that's heredity. If he
> looks like a neighbor, that's environment.
> (2) A lot of time has been wasted arguing over what came first
> -- the chicken or the egg. It was undoubtedly the
> On Sat, 2 Jun 2001, Chris Tribo wrote:
>> I recently picked up an AXPpci 33 mobo and tossed it in an old
>> AT tower case, my first Alpha. I've got just about everything
>> figured out, except for the RAM and cache. My searches for decently
>> priced 36 bit parity RAM at 70ns or faster has been pretty
>> fruitless, except for the $60 for 4x8MB auctions on Ebay (two of
>> them), and retailers asking ~$120 for 2x32MB. Anyone have any leads
>> on where to find some RAM?
>> I haven't looked for cache, but I should probably be able to
>> find something through DigiKey or some such mail order catalog.
>> I have a few unknown 72 pin RAM chips with 12 chips on them, 8
>> of one type and four of another, but right now I just see the
>> video BIOS message printed on the screen, it clears and then I get a
>> blue screen with a flashing cursor. I'm guessing that means it
>> doesn't understand the RAM because it's probably ECC and not parity.
>> I've tried serial console, an Orchid Kelvin, and a Diamond Stealth
>> 64 VRAM. Any tips/pointers/ideas?