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Re: AlphaBIOS to SRM (and back?)

On Fri, 11 Jan 2002, Victor R. Cain wrote:

> Folks,
> I downloaded the SRM 5.3-3 rom image from Microway, since they said
> it was necessary to convert to SRM from AlphaBIOS with a "lx164"  
> motherboard.  AlphaBIOS was able to load this image (overwriting itself
> of course) and SRM 5.3-3 just gives me the same D/CSOF (Digital/Compaq
> Screen of Death) that other versions of SRM did.  

What is this "Screen of Death"?

> The only difference seems
> to be that this one really overwrote AlphaBIOS and I can't get it back.
> I can execute AlphaBIOS by using the fail-safe boot jumper (which looks
> for a rom image on a floppy to load) and using a diskette with 
> "lx164nt.rom"
> for AlphaBIOS 5.66 on it.  When I then try to upgrade the flash ROM (using
> the Upgrade option in ALphaBIOS), I get a screen that looks like every 
> thing
> is ok, a window with:
>     -- loading lx164nt.rom --
>    Upgrade AlphaBIOS
>    Old version: SRM Console 5.3-3
>   New version: AlphaBIOS 5.66
>   F10 to continue
> When I continue, I get an error window that says:
>   --ROM Update Failure --
>    An unknown error condition occurred during ROM update.
> My only goal at this point is to get my system, including AlphaBIOS, back.  
> I am convinced that God did not intend the lx164 to use SRM.

I have several all running SRM quite happily so I'm afriad that's not

> Any suggestions, short of replacing the motherboard with an Intel, would be
> greatly appreciated.

Try a different version of AlphaBIOS and/or SRM. Make sure the write
protect jumper isn't on. Make another floppy of the image...


Rich Payne

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