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Re: Alpha Core Directions
From: Richard Irving (rirvingantient.org)
Date: Tue Dec 21 2004 - 12:20:21 CST
William H. Magill wrote:
> On 21 Dec, 2004, at 11:51, Dialup Jon Norstog wrote:
>> The thing that nees the most work IMO, is the installer. It is really
>> not at
>> all clear about formatting a disk so it will boot from SRM. That goes
>> both the text and the graphical installers.
I would kill for a functional SMP 2.6 based kernel that
doesn't puke on encountering 21164's, as in a 5000 series.
(The super NT box, for those that can remember them)
The 2.6 kernels don't seem to like the Older 21164's in
an SMP config, and 6.x series SRM.. Debian -and- the AC fell short of this
mark, both. A single processor, yes.... and the 2.4 kernels,
yes.... but not the 2.6. -and- SMP on 5000's.
And, Santa, since I am asking, would you mind throwing in
a picture of Rudolph and the Elves ?
> I have to agree here -- I just acquired an XP1000 (EV6.7) which had been
> running FreeBSD.
> I tried installing the RH 7.1 Alpha distribution I got from Compaq...
> Never succeeded UNTIL I used the "jump-start" cd to format the disk first.
> Then the install went O.K.
> The biggest "problem" besides the fact that the RH installer apparently
> won't overwrite the BSD labels is that of defining partition sizes.
> I haven't made an extensive search, but finding "recommendations" for
> appropriate disk layouts has not been fruitful.
> It would be quite useful to find some recommendations for the various
> Compaq disks ... especially for defining the swap space when you have
> 750 meg or 1gig of main memory.
> If I remember correctly, the RH manual for Alpha describes how to set the
> SRM boot params to boot from the disk -- I know them from Tru64, so I
> didn't pay much attention to them.
> I know the FreeBSD docs make a point about NOT setting the auto_reboot
> parameter UNLESS you have a halt button. (Without a halt button, getting
> to the SRM from power-up is almost impossible. You have to boot the box
> and then halt it.)
> William H. Magill
> # Beige G3 - Rev A motherboard - 768 Meg
> # Flat-panel iMac (2.1) 800MHz - Super Drive - 768 Meg
> # PWS433a [Alpha 21164 Rev 7.2 (EV56)- 64 Meg]-Tru64 5.1a
> # XP1000 [Alpha 21264-3 (EV6) - 256 meg] FreeBSD
> # XP1000 [Alpha 21264-A (EV 6.7) - 384 meg] RH 7.1
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