Gentoo Archives: gentoo-alpha

From: nick thompson <nicholas.thompson1@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-alpha@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-alpha] alphaserver 1000 4/266M
Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2006 02:17:40
Message-Id: 44DA3504.7060007@mchsi.com
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-alpha] alphaserver 1000 4/266M by Thomas Cort
Thomas Cort wrote:
> Welcome Nick, > >> Anyone who has one of these machines, or knows anything about them, >> please let me know the goings on. > > I have an AlphaServer 1000 4/233. I think it is pretty similar to what > you've got. A few things I ran into during the install.... > > The CD-ROM drive wouldn't boot the live CD. I'm not sure if you'll run > into the same problem since the drive was really old and could have > just been broken. I replaced it with a used SCSI CD-ROM for $10 from > the local computer store and it booted just fine. > > If it doesn't power on at all, make sure the top panel of the case is > on and properly in place. The middle of the top panel of the case has a > small piece of metal oriented downwards. When the top panel is put back > in place properly, the small piece of metal will press down on a > switch. When the switch isn't pressed down, the system will refuse to > power on. > >> Anyone who wants to tell a first time Alpha user some advice, I'm >> listening. :) > > A few things to remember when partitioning.... "the first cylinder > cannot be used as the [bootloader] image will be placed there," so you > should start your partitions after the first cylinder. This is in the > documentation, but is easy to miss. Also, the bootloader (aboot) can > only boot kernels from ext2 and ext3 partitions. If you want to use > another filesystem for the root filesystem, you'll need to create a > separate /boot partition. > > You CFLAGS should look like this "-mcpu=ev4 -pipe -O2 -mieee" > I might be wrong about the mcpu value (it could be ev45), check the > "cpu model" line in /proc/cpuinfo to see which is correct. The -mieee > enables full IEEE floating point support. > > Documentation is available here: > http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/base/alpha/doc/index.xml > > You can ask for help on this mailing list, in #gentoo-alpha on > irc.freenode.net, and on the forums in the "Alternative Architecture" > forum. Bugs can be reported on http://bugs.gentoo.org > > I hope that helped. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. > > -Thomas > > PS: if you want to impress your friends, you can change the text > displayed on the LCD by typing "SET OCP_TEXT MyText" (without quotes) > into the SRM console and rebooting. A picture of this is on my blog > http://mediumbagel.org/nucleus/index.php?itemid=9&catid=4
Thomas, Thanks a lot. Really. That was a very, very informative reply. Once I get into the install and have more questions, I'll certainly ask. Thanks! Nick "All unix, all the time." http://npt.ath.cx -- gentoo-alpha@g.o mailing list