Re: DS20 Worth trying ?
I have a DS20 with two 500Mhz cpus. I originally
tried the latest 2.4 SMP release but found it wouldn't run for long, it would
hang up. The 2.4 generic release worked OK, though I did have problems with the
NICs. It had two Compaq NC3123s installed (these are the Intel based
82559 cards). I replaced them with a Linksys LNE100TX and it's been working fine. I also swapped
out the Qlogic scsi cards and replaced them with a Adaptec AHA-2940U card
because there was some thought that the Qlogic was causing SMP problems.
Although the Adaptec card works fine, SMP still doesn't. I'm now running Linux
debian 2.6.12-1-alpha-generic since 2.6 SMP doesn't even boot, hopefully this
will be fixed one day.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 3:46 PM
Subject: DS20 Worth trying ?
> Some years ago, i used to be a big
Alpha fan (Collector maybe), getting
> to own several 21064 and 21164
based machines. I gave up on the hobby,
> but have been offered a nice
DS20 in a small cabinet (E model)
> lately that i could use as a second
machine at home.
> Unfortunately, i am very unaware of the state
of "desktop computing" on
> the alpha.
> Should I dust off my SRM
handbook and go for it ?
> BTW, i could use some advice on decent
video adaptors that work on the
> I remember hunting down
a PCI Radeon back in 2002 (long gone) ,
> and getting DRI
going after a lengthy fight with gcc optimisations
> that produced
broken code ....
> Roberto de Iriarte.
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