Subject: Re: Suggestions for AlphaPC164 for NetBSD
To: Yuri Gindin <>
From: Curt Sampson <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 05/19/1998 18:29:51
On Mon, 11 May 1998, Yuri Gindin wrote:

> 2) SCSI or PCI-IDE. I saw that PCI-IDE is supported in current.
> If SCSI what controller is the best and cheap (NCR/ISP/Adaptec/other)
> and from which I can boot with the latest SRM ?

I can't really recommend the NCR SCSI controllers very heartily;
they're quite cheap, but our driver has a lot of trouble with tagged
command queuing on some drives. Adaptec works well on the i386,
but I've not tried it on the alpha.

> 5) Network card, I suppose that many supported. What is the best bet and
> not expensive ?

Avoid the 3c905 for the moment; it's supported, but it's entirely
polled I/O, and so is quite slow. The DEC Tulip mostly seems to
work ok, but there are so many different revisions to this chip
it's hard to say. I've switched to Intel 10/100 cards for all my
i386 machines, but have yet to try this card on an Alpha.


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