Subject: Re: installing on 2100A
To: Paul Baughman <>
From: Johnny Billquist <bqt@Update.UU.SE>
List: port-alpha
Date: 12/13/2004 17:43:50
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...


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