Subject: Re: Question about AlphaStation 200
To: None <>
From: Carl Lowenstein <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 12/12/2001 16:58:27
> To:
> Subject: Question about AlphaStation 200
> Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 16:15:37 -0800
> From: "Sean J. Schluntz" <>
> Does anyone have experience with the AlphaStation 200?  I've used NetBSD
> on a number of Multias, but the AS/200 is not cooperating.
> The problem I'm having isn't with NetBSD, but the hardware.
> The system comes up with the ARC console, I go in and change the setting
> to either OpenVMS or Digital Unix and it accepts the change.  I restart
> the system and it stays in ARC. (Though the firmware screen shows that
> I changed which system type to boot to.)
> I checked, there was a newer firmware release for the system, I pulled
> it down and tried to install it.  The system starts, and then gets
> a fatal error.  again it boots just fine in to the ARC.
> I have the feeling the firmware is locked, but could be wrong.  I can't
> find docs on the main board in the AS/200.  Does anyone know what I'm 
> missing here? Is there a jumper to unlock the firmware?

Due to a shortage of money when some AS200's were built, only 1/2 of
the possible flash ROM is physically present.  There are two empty
sockets where the other half would be.  So they literally have only
half of the console firmware installed.

Somewhere in the archives will be information on what to put into the
empty sockets.

        carl lowenstein         marine physical lab     u.c. san diego