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Re: alpha server 8 5/500

On Fri, Jan 18, 2008 at 12:18:14AM +0100, Uwe Schindler wrote:
> I have an Alphastation 500/500 with a QLA 1040, too. Disk was SCSI and
> CD-ROM was a DEC one (SCSI). The original CD-ROM was not intact and did not
> like burned CDs. I replaced it by a TEAC CD-R 56 CD burner, which worked
> perfectly. On the other hand, another CD-burner (Plextor) was not working,
> because SRM console said, that it was not possible to switch the drive to
> some special DEC mode with another sector size (I cannot recognize it
> anymore). But the TEAC CD-R 56 works until now.

A lot of plextor scsi drives have a jumper to enable 512byte mode.  It
is usually required by unix systems to use them for booting.  Certainly
my 12x plextor scsi drive has that jumper, although I have never got
around to trying it on my SGI or DEC (I installed the SGI by netboot

> My Debian is now installed on a new and large Seagate SATA disc on a 5 $
> SATA PCI controller (SiI 3114) with standard partition table, the /boot
> mountpoint is an old SCSI ZIP drive which replaces the floppy in the box,
> partitioned in the standard BSD/Tru64 way from which SRM can boot.

Yeah I am thinking of putting in a small scsi disk to boot from and a
large IDE or SATA disk on my 433a as well.

Len Sorensen

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