Subject: Re: Help identify this Alpha (for NetBSD install)
To: Peter Seebach <>
From: B. James Phillippe <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 10/04/2001 18:51:51
On Thu, 4 Oct 2001, Peter Seebach wrote:

> In message <Pine.LNX.4.31.0110041834000.8365-100000@uranus.terran>, "B. James Phillippe" writes:
> >reporting itself as Aspen Systems Durango Workstation.  Next on the list
> >is to get a supported NIC (I'm assuming any DECchip 21X4X will do) and a
> >high-end SRM-supported 64bit SCSI board and some big drives.
> There is no such thing as a 64-bit SCSI board that's supported by the old
> SRM, so far as I can tell.  You will have to use a cheap one to boot.  :(

Really?  By "old SRM", do you mean all SRM versions for PC164, or do you
mean I could upgrade to a newer version which might support a 64bit card?
I'm fearing you mean the former...

> BTW, any ethernet card that NetBSD supports should work fine; the Alpha
> firmware won't be able to netboot, maybe, but it should work fine.

Right - I like to be able to netboot from SRM. :-)  I can dig up a ton of
DEC 21X4X-based boards from work.  I used to do some driver development for

> >BTW, there is a 32bit NCR 53c875 in there now.
> You lucky scumbag.  ;)  I've got about 8 of those cards, none of which
> work with a PC164.

Hmm, so you are saying I should be happy with the card that's in there, eh?
Okay, then I just need to find some nice drives. :-)  There are Seagate
ST52160N's in there now (two of them), but they sound a little off-balance
or something.  I don't trust used drives anyway.

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