Subject: RE: RAM and drive for Multia?
To: Jeremy C. Reed <>
From: David Woyciesjes <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 02/13/2002 10:02:14
> ----------
> From: 	Rumi Szabolcs
> On 2002.02.12 at 16:21 Jeremy C. Reed wrote:
> >I found several Multias for sale without memory and drives.
> >
> >I was told that they need parity RAM and some sort of proprietary SCSI
> >drive.
> >
> >What are some good links that indicate what part numbers or what type of
> >RAM and SCSI drives it supports?
> >
> >Any suggestions on where to buy RAM and a drive?
> >
> >I'd like to try NetBSD on a Alpha ...
> Hello,
> it needs normal 36bit True Parity SIMMs (FPM or EDO).
	Actually, IIRC, there is no such thing as EDO True Parity SIMMs. But
I could be wrong. :)

> if you are lucky you get one with the SCSI riser and a piece
> of metal you can build a fully normal 3.5" half height (1")
> SCSI-2 (50 pin) drive into it over the TGA part of the mobo,
> in place of the PCI card.
	I have two or three of these brackets for the full size drive. Make
an offer for them. You would also need an adapter for the power connector
that's on the SCSI riser.
	Personally, I wouldn't recommend putting a full-size drive in,
because of possible heat issues. The SCSI risers that have the PCI slot are
a better choice, I think.

> if you are not so lucky you can still install a 2.5" IDE
> laptop drive and have NetBSD root fs on it, but you will
> need to boot from a floppy (for this your Multia needs to
> have that thin laptop floppy drive Multias used to have)
	And here is a basic rundown on how I created a bootfloppy.
It's from the 1.5 version, but the process is the same.

I'm sure you've seen the FAQ here...

And some other links I have...

I also have a couple Multias for sale too. Need a chip replaced though...

Let me know if you have any other questions about the hardware...

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