Alternative set of Alpha boot floppies available
as promised, Flynn Marquardt and I produced a set of alternative boot-floppies
for the Alpha architecture. The floppies are based on the pre-2.2.6 CVS
sources. They are available at:
The patch will be kept separate from the CVS sources until we agree with
David which approach we take in the official Alpha release.
We tested them on Alcor and Avanti and they worked (tm) for us with some
* the final umount seems to be broken which results in a harddisk check
when rebooting, probably a busybox problem ?
* installing via the loop device seems broken too, known problem ?
* installing of the kernel and drivers via floppy worked
* base via NFS worked too
Your mileage may vary ...
Short alpha specific installation instructions:
The main goal is to reduce the number of arch-specific floppies as far as
possible. Therefore first try the generic boot floppies set then the machine
You need to make a rescue floppy, a root floppy and one or more drivers
floppies. First try the generic set then the machine specific ones. Only
the rescue and the driver floppies are machine specific.
The installations using aboot are started with (SRM-Console)
>> boot dva0 -fl 0
After rebooting and for rescue purposes:
>> boot dva0 -fi linux.gz -fl root=<your rootdevice e.g. /dev/sda2>
The installation using milo are started with
>> boot dva0
After rebooting and for rescue purposes
>> boot dva0
(press a key to get to the milo prompt as indicated on the screen)
at the milo prompt: boot fd0:linux root=<your rootdevice e.g. /dev/sda2>
at the milo prompt: boot sda2:vmlinuz root=<your rootdevice e.g. /dev/sda2>
The second option does allow you to boot the kernel directly from the
The model - codename relation table is appended below.
We'd appreciate tons of testing and feedback and try to answer emails ASAP.
We are especially interested in success or failure stories with the
generic alpha boot floppies.
The Alpha bootfloppies TODO list:
* fix alpha specific bugs
* move to 2.2.14 kernels and clean up the configs of the different archs
depending on the feedback
* add make rescue floppy option at the end of installation for Alpha
* add make bootable from harddisk option at the end of installation for Alpha
* Documentation updates
* investigate bootable CDROM and netboot on Alpha
A big thank you for his hard work to Flynn.
Family/Model Code Name
AS 600 alcor
AS 500 5/3xx alcor
AS 500 5/5xx alcor
AS 200 4/* avanti
AS 205 4/* avanti
AS 250 4/* avanti
AS 255 4/* avanti
AS 300 4/* avanti
AS 400 4/* avanti
DECpc 150 jensen
DEC 2000 Model 300 jensen
AS 1000 4/xxx mikasa
AS 1000 5/xxx mikasa-p
AS 1000A 4/xxx noritake
AS 1000A 5/xxx noritake-p
AS 600A 5/xxx noritake-p
AS 800 5/xxx noritake-p
PWS 433a or 433au miata
PWS 500a or 500au miata
PWS 600a or 600au miata
Deskstation RPX164-2 ruffian
Samsung AlphaPC164-UX/BX ruffian
AS 2100 4/xxx sable
AS 2000 4/xxx sable
AS 2100 5/xxx sable-g
AS 2000 5/xxx sable-g
DP264, UP1000/2000 generic
Nautilus not supported (support added in 2.2.14)
Generic was successfully tested with: alcor, avanti, dp264, sx164