Subject: Re: installing on 2100A
To: Johnny Billquist <bqt@Update.UU.SE>
From: Paul Baughman <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 12/13/2004 12:03:37
So, you booted the 2100 from a (for instance) i386/NetBSD, did a mkfs, and 
copied things over?  Would that even work, or was it another 
alpha/NetBSD?  Where did you get the alpha kernel?

If they aren't significantly different (my understanding, which may not be 
accurate), then why is everyone's 2100A not booting?

At this point, I'm not set on multi-processing, or any fancy video cards or 
anyghing like that, I'd settle for a single-cpu bootable machine with basic 


Paul Baughman

At 11:43 AM 12/13/2004, you wrote:
>On Mon, 13 Dec 2004, Paul Baughman wrote:
>>Thanks all,
>>I don't think that knowing a 2100 works helps, since the A-model is 
>>significantly different.  I'm not any kind of a kernel hacker, so I 
>>wouldn't even know how to go about getting it to work (if it is even possible).
>I don't believe it's "significantly different". It just have more PCI 
>slots, unless I'm mistaken. It's the same CPU cards, same memory cards, 
>and the same I/O adapter.
>You said you didn't want to boot from the net, and that you don't have any 
>other machine online to help you out. That's a situation I don't have, so 
>I can't help you with specifics there.
>Myself, I have several other NetBSD boxes around, so I booted the Alpha 
>with bootp and NFS. I had the whole file system and everything on another 
>machine. I then proceeded to install things on local disks. I don't even 
>think I used the install program for this, but did it by hand, in the 
>old-fashioned way.
>(Old habits die hard).
>I would think you're machine would be doable the same way too.
>But then again, VMS is also an option. I have VMS on another disk on that 
>machine, and there MP works as well...
>         Johnny
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Paul Baughman
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