Re: Alpha Boot Floppies: new version
I have used the boot floppy images from
ftp://188.8.131.52/boot-floppies/disks-alpha/ to attempt an install from scratch
on a Bret (AlphaStation 500/500).
The good news? bootp/tftp boot works great! In SRM, you need to select bootp
via console variable ('set ewa0_protocol bootp' or something like that) rather
than via a flag to the boot command ('boot -proto bootp ewa0' does not work,
failing with "Block FFFFFFF2 is not in any zone" messages).
The bad news? The installation hangs during/right after installing the libc6.1
package. It hangs so solid that the shell on the second virtual console will
not respond. I even tried floppies rather than tftp and it stops in the same
location. Is this a known problem?
Also, when trying to write aboot to the disk, it looks like the installer is
trying to swriteboot to the partition where the root filesystem is (/dev/sda<n>)
rather than directly to /dev/sda .