On May 12, Simon Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
> I'm new to this list and new to alphas, but a search of the archives
> didn't help me out. I was lucky enought to pick up a XP1000 earlier in
> the week. I've burnt a Netinst image and installed an IDE cdrom
> drive. In the installation guide it states that only booting via SRM
> is supported so in the alpha bios CMOS settings menu I changed it to
> SRM and power cycled.
> Now all I get is a blue screen with flashing cursor and no repsonse
> from the keyboard or a prompt of any kind.
> How do I proceed. I don't know how to undo what I have done. Hopefully
> it hasn't just become a paper weight.
I can send you the XP1000 setup and installation guide, maybe that will help.
Let me know if you want it.
Also, try this link: http://www.alphalinux.org/faq/SRM-HOWTO/index.html
I also just saw this in the release notes for firmware v5.9 for the XP1000 at
http://ftp.digital.com/pub/DEC/Alpha/firmware/archive/xp1000.html : 'Fixed bug
in which the system would hang if the firmware was updated to the Non-NT
Console, with the "os_type" variable set to "NT"'.
One more idea - is it possible that the machine is set up to use a serial
console? Maybe that is supported under SRM and not AlphaBIOS, which is why
the display worked under AlphaBIOS. Mine was set to use the serial console
when I got it. I used a null modem cable between the XP1000 and a second
machine and ran minicom on the second machine. You could try that and see if
you get anything in minicom when you power cycle it.
Sorry I cannot be of more help, I have an XP1000 but I'm definitely not an
- SRM troubles
- From: Simon Brown <email@example.com>