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Re: PYXIS machine checks w/ 1.5GB RAM

On Sat, 31 Mar 2001, Andrei A. Dergatchev wrote:

> Jay Estabrook wrote:
> > [...]
> >
> > Just so I'm clear on this, you've tried 512MB DIMMS with no luck on SX?
> No pentium computer which worth a price of one 512MB memory
> stick here sorry. I presumed that if it is possible it would hjave been
> known by now. Let's see, just to make it clear, can I infer that no
> single Compaq Alpha engineer ever took a couple of 512MB sticks
> from colleague’s table and plugged them into SX or LX or other older
> Alpha ???????? [beep] [beep] and [beep] I would say, engineers
> of "high-performance" computers, sh*t ! Compaq managers are
> frequently bashed in this and other lists and for the reasons, but
> it have never crossed my mind before that Alpha engineers are so
> totally in a lack of imagination too.

That's a little much....you make the assumption that these engineering
have unlimited acess to more hardware than they know what to do with. Do
you know what 512MB DIMMs cost today and more importantly what they would
have cost when the SX was being developed? I can't speak for inside
Compaq/DEC but I know I can't just find 512MB DIMMs lying around the
office....even today. Do you think that memory companies just send us
truck loads of memory for free?

I'm sure plenty of people thought of it....but there's a big difference
between thinking about it, and finding the hardware to do it.


Rich Payne
rpayne@alphalinux.org			www.alphalinux.org

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