Subject: Re: AXPpci 33 166MHz Mobo & parity RAM?
To: Chris Tribo <>
From: T. Martin <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 06/02/2001 23:12:47
The Ram is True parity 36bit. 
 Teh 1 Meg cache ram chips are obsolete and scarce as hens teeth. Go get
the cache chips off old 486 boards to get the 256k needed. Its actually
384k I think, but it sees it as 256k. It does help but don't expect
miracles out the noname, it was a low end server. 

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On Sat, 2 Jun 2001, Chris Tribo wrote:

>     I recently picked up an AXPpci 33 mobo and tossed it in an old AT tower
> case, my first Alpha. I've got just about everything figured out, except for
> the RAM and cache. My searches for decently priced 36 bit parity RAM at 70ns
> or faster has been pretty fruitless, except for the $60 for 4x8MB auctions
> on Ebay (two of them), and retailers asking ~$120 for 2x32MB. Anyone have
> any leads on where to find some RAM?
>      I haven't looked for cache, but I should probably be able to find
> something through DigiKey or some such mail order catalog.
>     I have a few unknown 72 pin RAM chips with 12 chips on them, 8 of one
> type and four of another, but right now I just see the video BIOS message
> printed on the screen, it clears and then I get a blue screen with a
> flashing cursor. I'm guessing that means it doesn't understand the RAM
> because it's probably ECC and not parity. I've tried serial console, an
> Orchid Kelvin, and a Diamond Stealth 64 VRAM. Any tips/pointers/ideas?
>     Chris