Subject: Re: AXPpci-33 memory question
To: Matthew Jacob <>
From: Alan Poston <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 06/28/2001 18:41:55
Actually, John Lekashman gave me a bunch of memory to upgrade the
Multias, I'm pretty sure (but its been a few years now) that I
put 2 64MB SIMMs in each one (there may have been one or two that
I missed as they were already distributed to people).  In any event,
most of the Multias exhibited heat related problems of one kind or
another, plus a few arrived with broken parts (you could hear things
rattle around inside the box, if you opened it up, you could see that
some solder joints had broken free).  Anyway, I combined parts from
various different broken models to put together as many working ones
as I could, and then John was to return the few now massively broken
Multias for replacement... but I suspect that they were never replaced
as the company that was unloading them on consignment from DEC went
out of business.

I still have a now broken one that I bought myself... anyone willing
to pay for the shipping is welcome to it (if I can find it).

This has to be at least 5 years ago now... right?


P.S. It's possible that I'm not remembering correctly, and John gave me
2 32 MB SIMMs for the things, as opposed to 64 MB SIMMs, he might

On Thu, 28 Jun 2001, Matthew Jacob wrote:

> I *think* that, in fact, all of the Multias used and burned up at
> NASA/Ames had 2 each 16x36 Simms installed. Somebody might try and
> poke Jason to see if he remembers, or Alan Poston if he does.. ALan?
> On Thu, 28 Jun 2001, Ross Alexander wrote:
> > * David Woyciesjes
> > > Has anyone had any luck using 16x36 (64MB) memory in the AXPpci-33
> > > (a.k.a. NoName)?
> >
> > According to the OEM Design Guide:
> > "Support for 64MB SIMMs is available with installation of serial ROM
> > version 0.4 or higher. See Table A-2 for information about the 233 MHz
> > upgrade  kit for 166 MHz boards (factory installable only).
> > Alternatively, Intel hex format code to reprogram the existing serial
> > ROM can be obtained over the Internet. See Section F.2 for details."
> >
> > F.2 refers to
> >
> > I haven't pursued it any further at this point.
> >
> > --
> > Ross Alexander
> >
> >