Subject: sysinst on tiny screens works in 1.4.1 :)
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From: Todd Whitesel <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 08/24/1999 04:54:45
Just noticed tonight that 1.4.1 was accessible, so I tried installing on
some scratch machines, one of which was a multia I adopted last week.

This multia has its jumpers set for 640x480 "classic VGA" video so I can
use a cheap surplus store PS/2 monitor for its console. Since the alpha
tga0 console uses a big font (which looks suspiciously like the Sun PROM
font), my console terminal size was something like 53x18 characters, and
1.4 sysinst dumped core onto a full md0a.

Of course I can fix the jumpers and borrow a better monitor for installation
-- that was how I got 1.4 onto my first multia -- but it is a royal pain
because this one has an internal 3.5" HD (bad idea, it makes the floppy
drive flake out, but I didn't know this when I ordered it) and in the multia
that HD can only be mounted right over the video jumpers.

Now with 1.4.1, it just copes! The screens are messy and crowded, but if
you already know how sysinst operates, it doesn't matter.

Good job guys!

Todd Whitesel
toddpw @