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Re: Booting a XLT300 from the network ??

Bart-Jan Vrielink <bartjan@vrielink.net> writes:

> On Tue, 2002-07-23 at 18:05, Jay Estabrook wrote:
> > On Tue, Jul 23, 2002 at 02:27:32PM +0200, Bart-Jan Vrielink wrote:
> > > 
> > > Because my XLT300 has a very noisy harddisk (HP SureStore 2000) I'm
> > > searching for other ways of booting the machine. Instead of getting me a
> > > new harddisk (why should I, I still have 10 SureStores...), I noticed
> > > that a bios upgrade gave me an option to boot from the network.
> > > 
> > > I would like to know if this will work in combination with Linux and
> > > what I need to use as a boot image. I would really like a pointer to a
> > > FM, because Google fails to provide me one.
> > 
> > This is very unlikely to work; the netboot from AlphaBIOS was never
> > intended to boot a kernel, IIRC, just some NT maintenance/diagnostic
> > programs, I believe.
> So I need either to buy a new harddisk or some ear plugs if I want to
> use this box as my workstation...

Try the network booting. check for rarp and bootp traffic on the
network and setup a server accordingly.

> I don't think booting from a floppy disk is something to use on a daily
> basis.

floppy or cdrom should do. .oO( daily? Why reboot? )
> > > A related question/problem is swapping over NFS/network on an Alpha. Has
> > > anyone done that before ??
> > 
> > Sorry, I don't know about this one...
> Well, doesn't really matter, because I needed both these problems to be
> solved in order to get rid of the harddisk...

Never heard anyone complaining about it.


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