Installation on 164-LX
I've had an Alpha on the floor for a year or so and finally trying to
get it running. This is my first experience with this machine.
It currently has Potato installed and I'd like to upgrade to Sarge. I
was thinking about doing a new install, but I can't figure out how to
boot from the CD.
The machine is a AlphaPC 164-LX (the model number on the board is 54-25002-01).
DC Alpha 21164 533Mhz
It currently has Potato on the second IDE partition, swap on third and free
4GB on forth partition. It won't boot by itself, but from a bit of
paper taped on the machine I can boot like this:
MILO> boot hda2:vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2
and the machine will run. I can mount the IDE cdrom no problem.
I had an Linksys LNE-100TX card and put that into the machine. I can
insmod tulip and the card partially works. I'm assuming the card is
faulty, but I'm not sure. It will sometimes ping my local machines and
So, I downloaded sarge-alpha-netinst.iso (from
http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/) and burned it to a CD.
I'd like to try the new Debian Installer. Then I tried to follow the
I realize that's for stable and may not work with my ISO. But I'm not
sure. I pushed on regardless:
I went into the AlphaBIOS setup and wasn't clear what to enter. In the
first field I used the label "cdrom".
For "Boot File:" there's two fields, the first field has a drop down
list of CD: A: or Disk 0 Partition 1. I'm not clear what to select there.
Then the second field I entered \milo\linload.exe.
The third line "OS Path:" also has two fields, with the first being a
drop down list. I used \milo\lx164 in the second field.
I tried both CD: and Disk 0 Partition 1 (Partition 2 for OS Path) for the
drop downs, but both times it says it cannot find either
\milo\linload.exe or \milo\lx164.
So, I'm stuck at this point. Can someone offer some pointers?