Subject: SCSI & SRM
To: None <>
From: Sean Davis <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 07/27/2003 13:48:55
Okay, since I've been told (and now had it proven to me) that an adaptec
aha-2940 will not be recognized by SRM on an AlphaStation 600 5/266, I would
like to ask for suggestions. The machine in question has an ultra2/lvd drive
in it, are there any ultra2/lvd/wide cards that SRM will support (the latest
SRM available for this machine is from 1999, and Compaq/HP/Whatever has
stopped archiving even that, so updating the firmware on it is out of the
question unless somebody has the newer files available somewhere.)

I have considered other boot options, but the best one I've been able to
come up with is klunky:

burn a bootloader/kernel onto a cd, leave the scsi cd-rom on one of the
qla1020s, and have it know that root is on a drive connected to ahc0 (this
will only give me ultra/wide, not ultra2, but its better than fast/wide)

And I'm not even sure how to go about doing this, because the alpha insists
on 2048-byte-block cds (apparently; stop me if I'm wrong). I installed
NetBSD on it via netbooting, but I want the machine to be standalone, as I
plan to eventually use it as a NAT box once I get a decent scsi controller
for it. The QLA1020s work, but slowly. Having an ultra2 drive, I would much
rather have a bootable ultra2 controller. Any suggestions? (please suggest
cards that are KNOWN to boot from SRM on an AlphaStation 600 5/266, I don't
want to buy a scsi card and find it as useless as the adaptec.)

ISTR someone saying there was another option than the QLA1040, but I can't
recall what was suggested. It was a SYM/LSI card IIRC.

Thanks in advance,

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