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Booting and installing an AlphaServer 2100

Hi all!

Do you folks mind a "user" question that may not even be Debian related?

I just saved an AlphaServer 2100 from the dump. It was running (Tru64) 
when I got it, and I'd really like to get it up on Debian. I've been a 
user of the system for several years, but never installed anything and 
know just about nothing about the architecture. Also, it is not filling 
up _my_ basement, so I only get to try getting it up once a week. :-) 
Finally, the sysadmin who gave it to me did so on the condition that 
I'd never bother him about the box, so I have nobody I can ask.

I can't even boot it now. I have the disks it last ran, but they were 
not in the chassis when I got them, so most likely, I have not inserted 
them in the original order. I guess that could be significant.

On power on, it does some self-tests, and complains that something is 
invalid with EISA, and tells me to run a EISA configuration utility. I 
guess that's a good idea, but where do I find that utility? 

It then passes that point, tests some I/O, but then stops saying 
something about 
being wrong and then powers down so fast I can't even read the whole 
message. On google, I've learnt this has something to do with the 

Is there hope that I can get this running? May it be that that last 
problem can be corrected by the EISA reconfiguration?


Kjetil Kjernsmo
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