Subject: RE: AXPpci 33 166MHz Mobo & parity RAM?
To: 'Chris Tribo' <email@example.com>
From: David Woyciesjes <DAW@yalepress3.unipress.yale.edu>
Date: 06/04/2001 09:58:16
-> ... 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...
Sounds almost exactly like what I went through trying to get my
AXPpci33 going. The other guys are right about the memory & cache. As for
the blue screen cursor bit, sound like it is using the serial console. Try
giving it the WinNT salute - [Ctrl][Alt][Del]. That is supposedly what fixed
mine, when I shipped it back to the seller, thought it was DOA. You'll
probably then get the console prompt ( >>> ).
Type "show console", then "set console graphics" if it isn't. These
little Alphas seem to automatically switch to serial console if they're
booted without a keyboard hooked up.
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-> -----Original Message-----
-> From: Chris Tribo [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
-> Sent: Saturday, June 02, 2001 10:49 PM
-> To: email@example.com
-> Subject: AXPpci 33 166MHz Mobo & parity RAM?
-> 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