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> - I'd like mess around with xorg on alpha. I'm running srm 6.7-2 and
> it won't post my pci radeon rv250, so for the time being I have an old
> s3 virge in there. does anyone have any experience with the newer srm
> (7.2) and radeon cards? I've heard arc/alphabios is better at posting
> video cards. Is there any truth to that? Also I seem to recall
> having read somewhere that milo or aboot will also post video cards if
> srm can't. Is this true?
I have an XLT-300 which only has Alphabios (no SRM). So far I have used it
only with an S3 768 card and a Matrox Millenium II, both worked fine, but
only if I seated the card in the first PCI slot. I have no experience with
newer video cards.
>From what I've read, people who have the choice generally prefer to use
SRM, since Milo (the Alphabios boot loader) is not very well supported
anymore. I had a very hard time finding a Milo that would boot 2.4 kernels
on my XLT. I haven't been able to boot kernels above 2.4.21
(alpha-sources) at all on my XLT, even though they compile just fine.
> - stage 1/2 vs 3. have much of an improvement can I expect with ev5
> binaries vs ev4? is it worth the extra time to do a stage 1/2 build?
If I were you, I'd go for a stage 3 installation first, you can always
redo the installation after you've played with it for a while and are
confident that everything works. I did a stage 1 myself, it took many
I don't know how much improvement you'll get with ev5 over ev4. If you are
keen to get the most out of your alpha and feel adventurous, use CCC
(Compaq C Compiler):
> - how is 2.6.x kernel support on alpha?
The gentoo-dev-sources and development-sources ebuilds are marked ~alpha:
Unfortunately, my XLT refuses to boot any of those kernels...
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