Subject: Re: More newbie questions about the PC164
To: Mark Levine <>
From: Wilko Bulte <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 04/17/1999 19:49:36
As Mark Levine wrote ...
>    On Fri, 16 Apr 1999, Matthew Orgass wrote:
>    (
>    and it says that the SRM console has an "arc" command: "Loads and runs
>    the Windows NT ARC firmware from a diskette." So, perhaps that would
>    work... maybe a bit inconvenient to boot off a floppy, but better than
>    having to reflash the firmware :)
> I've been using an EB164 and a PC164 for years, and both had enough flash memory
> to hold both the SRM and the ARC.  The SRM does indeed allow you the command
> "arc" to switch to the arc console, and the ARC allows you to select booting
> an "alternate OS" which can mean going back to the SRM.  The boot selections on
> the ARC could be set to allow you to choose either NT or Linux from the menu,
> so you can do more than dual-boot.  The ARC and the SRM will happily coexist at
> different addresses, and the only thing that has to be changed when you go between
> them is the jump address for the next boot, which is in the flash.  No diskette
> required, no reflashing the entire prom.

How does one 'add' a second console f/w to the flash on the PC164?

> These are really good engines, what they want is a better NCR SCSI driver for
> NetBSD, they run DU and Linux quite well.  128MB RAM is sort of minimal, I have

For both you could use a Qlogic SCSI controller I guess. The EB164 has a
builtin ncr?

Groeten / Cheers,
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